James William Rhoades, age 83 of The Villages, Florida, and formerly of Medford, New Jersey, passed away peacefully after an extended illness on Monday, December 25, 2017, at Elan Assisted living, Spanish Springs, The Villages Florida. He was born in Waverly, New York on February 26, 1934, to the late James and Cecelia Rhoades.
Jim attended Union College in Schenectady, New York, was a proud veteran of the US Army and spent his entire professional career in the insurance industry, beginning with the Prudential Insurance Company, then the Aetna Life and Casualty Company and finally, as the Director of Insurance for the County of Camden, N.J. He earned the designations of Life Underwriters Council and Chartered Life Underwriter. Additionally, he taught classes in accounting and economics at Penn State University as an Adjunct Professor.
He was the beloved husband of Helen S. Rhoades with whom he would have shared 16 years of marriage on New Year’s Day. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased in death by his first wife Patricia, daughter Lauren and brother Charles. He was a loving brother to Charles (Donna), sister Patricia (Carl), father to Lauren (Gary), Jeff (Susan), Kimberly (Tom) and Kevin (Christine), grandfather (Jessica, Danielle, Suzanne, Eddie, Molly, Katie, Kyle, Zack and Shane), great grandfather (Emmalee, Aubrey, Tyler and Cameron) and many nieces, nephews, stepchildren Dr. Michael & Dr. Margaret Warner, Linda & Jeff Anconetani and David & Kenia Warner, step-grandchildren (Steven, Kathleen, Casey, Della and Lucia) and friends.
Dad and Helen enjoyed playing golf and watching tournaments together. He was overjoyed when he shot a hole in one at Cane Garden-Allamanda at hole number 2 on November 27, 2009, hitting an 8 iron 113 yards.
A celebration of life will be conducted at a future date to be determined at the convenience of the family. Contributions in lieu of flowers made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 900 Main Street, Suite 208, The Villages, Florida, would be appreciated.