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James Rhoades
  • February 26, 1934
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  • December 25, 2017

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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.


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  1. Danielle Connolly posted an image:
    31 Dec 2017


  2. Danielle Connolly says:
    31 Dec 2017
    Grandpa,
    I am going to miss you so much. I will cherish every moment we had together. Especially, you walking me down the isle. That is a memory I will never forget. I love you so much. Give Grandma and Aunt Laurie a kiss for me. I love you.

  3. Danielle Connolly posted an image:
    31 Dec 2017
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  4. Gary Kalata and family says:
    30 Dec 2017
    Jim was the father of my late wife Laurie. He was a good man and I was proud to call him Dad. Always brutally honest and forthright with outstanding sense of humor. My most sincere condolences to Helen, and my brothers and sister-in-law for the loss of this wonderful man. He will be missed by all that he had contact with. Right now he's probably teeing up at the first hole on Gods golf course with his dad and hoping for another hole in one. I'm really going to miss you, Dad. You were so helpful and kind to me, especially when I lost our Laurie. You will be forever in my thoughts and in my heart.

    Love, Gary, Jessica, Suzanne, Emmalee and Aubrey

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