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Richard Roderick

02/13/1957 - 02/16/2023


Obituary For Richard Roderick

Richard Roderick Sr., 66, of Bristol, passed away after a short illness on Thursday, February 16, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. A lifelong resident of Bristol, Richard was a son of the late Wenceslau J. and Mary (Marshall) Roderick and the beloved husband of Elaine (Santos) Roderick. Richard had a long career with the Bristol Police Department, starting as a Dispatcher and Reserve Officer and moving over to the Clerk before his retirement. He also served on Bristol Rescue in the 1980's. Richard went on to drive a bus following his retirement. The proud driver of Bus #13, he loved his bus and took care of it as if it were his own. Richard was a member of the Bristol Police Color Guard, longtime member of the Generations Drum and Bugle Corp. as well as a long-standing member of the Bristol Fourth of July Committee, the Bristol FOP Lodge #28 and a Social Member of the Ever-Ready Engine and Hose Co. No 2. In his free time, Richard loved to travel, going to Disney World, taking cruises with his family and friends, as an avid New England Patriots fan, he would frequent the away games. He enjoyed going camping on Lake George and Old Orchard Beach with loved ones. But, even more than his prized Daytona Yellow 2003 Ford Mustang, Richard loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In addition to his loving wife, Elaine, Richard is survived by his son, Richard Roderick Jr. and his wife Hannah Johnson-Roderick of Seekonk, MA; his daughter, Kymberly Roderick of Bristol, RI; his two brothers, Joseph Roderick and his longtime partner Sally Clarke of Warren, RI and Robert Roderick and his wife Gail of Murrells Inlet, SC; his sister, Lori Vaccaro and her husband Joseph Jr. of Warren, RI; and four grandchildren, Caitlyn Benevides, Alex Roderick, Amari Owens and Kamryn Owens and many nieces and nephews. Services are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd. Warren, RI, where the family will receive guests and relatives for Visitation on Thursday, February 23, 2023 from 5-8PM. Funeral Services will be held at 8AM from Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd. Warren, RI followed immediately by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth's Church, 577 Wood St at 9AM. Burial will be at North Burial Ground, 1081 Hope St. Bristol, RI. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bristol Fourth of July Committee, P.O.Box 561, Bristol RI 02809 and Bristol Rescue, P.O. Box 775, Bristol RI 02809. For directions or tributes, please visit

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  • 03/03/2023

    Dearest Bob, Joe and Roderick family: MT sincere condolences go out to all of you in the loss of Richard. I didn't know him that well, but what I knew of him and how dedicated he was to his family and Town of Bristol in all of the inspiring and important positions he he'd during his short time with us. I'm sure he was loved. by many and will be surely missed by the same. Richard has completed his journey in lie to that eternal rested were all taught about o e journey we have yet to complete and s each of us do, we will then be reunited with him this time it will be forever and I truly believe when that day arrived he will be there waiting for each of you with a big smile on his face and wit open arms to welcome you to I new home of everlasting peace and love May all of you be at peace with his passing for Richard is now in a better place than we all could ever be right now. God Bess you all as his family and live now with his loving memories you hare within your hearts until you meet again.

  • 02/28/2023

    Dearest Elaine and family, I am so sorry for the passing of your Rick. May all of your memories comfort you during this time of deep sorrow and loss. With heartfelt sympathy, Debbie Burns.

  • 02/23/2023

    Dear Elaine & Family, I was saddened to hear of Ricky's untimely passing. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and loved his family dearly along with his prized yellow mustang. May your hearts be filled with memories of the wonderful and joyful times together. Ricky will be remembered and missed by many. RIP - Cousin Carole Souza, Florida

  • 02/22/2023

    So sorry for your loss. Rick was an important member of the Bristol Police Department and his legacy will always be remembered.

  • 02/22/2023

    My name is Mary Anne (Viera) Fuller. I lived 3 houses (the wall) up from Ricky on Bay View Ave. We went to school together in same class, had the same friends and hung out. I am so sorry for your loss. God rest his soul.

  • 02/22/2023

    Ricky you will forever be missed. You were an amazing person and brother in law. Elaine, Ricky and Kimberly you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you!

  • 02/22/2023

    I am so sad to hear of Rick's passing, my Wife & I sat with Rick & Elaine at a Wedding in 2021 was nice, hadn't seen him for quite awhile. I had the pleasure of working with Rick for 21 Years at Bristol PD, Rick was always Professional and very Efficient at his Job, he will truly be missed. Rick & his Family will be in my Prayers, RIP Mike Serbst

  • 02/21/2023

    My condolences to you and the entire family. A former classmate.

  • 02/21/2023

    Ricky you will forever be missed. You were the best brother in law! Elaine, Ricky and Kimberly my heart and prayers are with you. Love you.

  • 02/21/2023

    Dear Elaine and family, My condolences on Rick's passing. He was a great guy and will be missed. Cherish the memories.

  • 02/21/2023

    Elaine and family, Rick was a very special person. As driver of Bus #13, he not only took pride in the condition of the bus, but the care he showed his student riders was nothing but the best. I always knew my grandkids were safe with Mr. Rick behind the wheel. May he now rest in peace without any further suffering.

  • 02/21/2023

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences. I am a cousin of Rick's (George & Phyllis's daughter) We left New England more than 30 years ago & now reside in Texas. May he rest peacefully in heaven. Peter & Trisha Roderick Clark.. Peter & Trisha Roderick Clark

  • 02/21/2023

    My sincerest condolences to you Elaine and your family. all I can add is God only picks the best flowers for his Garden and that was Richard. PRAYERS!!RIP AMEN! 🙏🙏🙏

  • 02/21/2023

    Sending Elaine and family heartfelt condolences for your loss. Prayers 🙏🙏🙏🙏 Jeanne Raimondi Bristol 4th July committee

  • 02/21/2023

    Elaine, Rick, Kym ~ my whole heart is with you. Ricky was just about the sweetest guy. We were all so Blessed to have him a part of our lives. God will give you strength and we will give you support.

  • 02/21/2023

    We certainly will miss our younger brother Ricky. Best brother anyone could ever have. Now he enjoys eternal life with our Mom & Dad in Heaven. He can now pray for us. Love you! Bobby & Gail


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    The Moniz Family planted 5 trees in memory of Richard Roderick . - February 25, 2023

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