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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Gregory Ambrose Roddy
February 14, 1943 - January 17, 2024

Public Events and Locations

Visitation - Thursday, January 25, 2024, 7:00 to 8:00 PM at Wetzel and Son, Rockledge
Visitation - Friday, January 26, 2024, 10:00 to 10:50 AM at Presentation B. V. M. Church, Cheltenham
Funeral Mass - Friday, January 26, 2024, 11:00 AM at Presentation B. V. M. Church, Cheltenham


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-8550 - Map
Clergy - Presentation B. V. M. Church - 100 Old Soldiers Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012 - 215-379-1364 - Map
Family Florist - Blake Florist - 5 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-379-8787 - Map
Donation - Philabundance - 3616 South Galloway Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148 - 215-339-0900 - Map

The following obituary was composed by Greg’s family:

Gregory Ambrose Roddy of Cheltenham, Pennsylvania passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at his home. He was 80 years old. Gregory was born February 14, 1943 in Lancaster, Ohio, son of the late James Francis Roddy and the late Catherine Lucy Roddy (nee - Potter). He is the beloved husband of Carol Roddy, and the loving father of Jennifer (Marc) Spector, Joel Roddy, the late Rachel Alexander, and the late Nathaniel Roddy. Grandfather of Jacob Spector and the late David Roddy.

Born in rural Ohio, the fifth of seven kids, Greg moved to Columbus in elementary school, and lived there 60 years until moving to Cheltenham, PA. He was close to his brothers all his life, and the stories of the "Roddy boys" shenanigans were family legends. He came to Pennsylvania in 2012 to be near his grandson Jacob, adding much joy to his life and ours.

Greg and Carol married in 1969, and had 54 beautiful years together. A truly devoted couple, they were proof that sometimes the right boy really does find the right girl.

Greg worked 32 years for University Systems at Ohio State. Punch cards were our scrap paper, and he came home excited to tell us he talked to someone in Ireland on something called the ARPANET in the 70s. We found the first computer he worked on behind glass at the Smithsonian on a family trip to Washington, DC.

He was a third generation beekeeper, who delighted in his youth in following his dad on his bee inspection rounds for the State of Ohio, and later in taking his daughter Jennifer to beekeeping seminars. Extracting sweet raw honey from the combs was an annual family project. Greg loved to build and work with his hands. He nearly doubled the size of our family home in Columbus by designing an addition, drawing up the plans, then proceeded to dig the foundation himself by hand, with a shovel. The great joy of his retirement years was traveling with his beloved wife. They visited more than 10 countries after the kids were grown, including New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Greece, and Turkey.

Greg was proud of his Irish heritage, delighting in the news that DNA testing showed his descent from Niall of the Nine Hostages. His first trip after retirement was to Ireland with his brother Pat, and he was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Columbus.

He quietly lived his faith, and always loved his neighbor, especially if they were elderly and alone. Greg was a true family man, always putting all of us above everything else. He was a devoted husband, wise and gentle father, loving grandpa, and fantastic father-in-law who will be terribly missed.

Relatives and friends were invited to his visitation on Thursday, January 25, 2024 from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046. Relatives and friends were also invited to his visitation on Friday, January 26, 2024 from 10:00 to 10:50 A.M. and Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. at Presentation B. V. M. Church, 100 Old Soldiers Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Philabundance, 3616 South Galloway Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148.

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