BURLINGTON, Vt. — Guy Roddy, 75, was born to Wallace and Anna (Walsh) Roddy on Sept. 8, 1939 in Burlington. Vt. and died on January 10 in Canton, Ohio after a brief illness.
It was as a student of Mount Assumption Institute in Plattsburgh, N.Y. that he entered the formation center of the Brothers of Christian Instruction in Alfred, Maine. On completing high school, he formally became a member of the congregation as a novice on Aug. 15, 1958. His profession of perpetual vows took place in August 1964, in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Brother Roddy was a lifelong learner. He taught several years in high schools having earned his B.A. from Walsh University (Canton, Ohio) in 1965. In the span of 25 years he earned additional degrees: an M.A. in catechetical theology from Manhattan College (’68), and an M.A. in pastoral counseling from Emmanuel College (‘82). Always searching for professionalism in preparation for a career change, he obtained an M.S. in administration from the University of Notre Dame (’89) and a D.Min. in Church administration from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Ind. (’92).
With this extensive preparation Brother Roddy accepted a variety of assignments. His early high school teaching assignments were in Detroit, Mich. and Alfred, Maine. and later at Walsh University as an assistant professor in the Theology Department. For five years he held the position of Religious Education Coordinator, first in Canton, Ohio (St. Joan of Arc Parish) and then in the North Country of upstate N.Y.
He enjoyed seven years as a high school guidance counselor in New York State, and in Massachusetts — Bishop Connolly, Fall River and Holy Name, Worcester. In 1989, he returned to Plattsburgh to serve for six years as business manager for Seton Catholic High School before accepting a teaching position at Wadhams Hall Seminary in Ogdensburg, N.Y. until its closing in 2002. After a year’s stint in the Philippines, he landed a teaching position at Walsh University in 2004 were he additionally served as local superior of the Brothers’ LaMennais Hall community on campus.
He strove to live a quality life as a religious Brother, and for several years in formation work, guided young religious both at the novitiate and scholasticate stages. He was a founding member of the National Conference of Religious Brothers. He held membership on several boards in Ohio.
With his rich and varied experiences, he was serving from 2009 until his last illness as assistant to the provincial superior of the Notre Dame Province.
He is survived by his three siblings, John and Mary of Orlando, Fla. and Ellen Peloubet of N.J. He will be truly missed by members of his family and especially by his fellow Brothers who remain grateful for his years of genuine enthusiasm for his religious vocation.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Brothers’ Retirement Fund can be sent in his memory to Brother Jerome Lessard, P.O. Box 159, Alfred, Maine, 04002.
Funeral services were held on January 19 in the Chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on the campus of Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on January 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Notre Dame Chapel in Alfred, Maine. Burial will take place in the Brothers Cemetery in Alfred.
Arrangements were by Black Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.