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Joseph "Bill" Ridolph
  • February 14, 1943
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  • February 28, 2013

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Ridolph, Joseph W. (Bill) of Miami Lakes passed from the earth on February 28, 2013 after a long battle with Parkinson’s and Lewy Bodies Disease.  Bill leaves behind his beloved wife Conni, who he often referred to as “my wife, my life” or as “my bride, my pride.”  They had been soul mates in life as they will in the hereafter.  Bill and Conni have been happily married since December 21, 1986.   Bill also leaves behind son Gregory (Laurel) of Tampa, Florida, daughters Cathy of Davie, Florida, and Laurie of Nashville, Tennessee, his brother Ed (Sara) of Lake Worth, Florida, his grandchildren Kaitlyn, Alexis, Dylan, and Logan, nephew Douglas James, and nieces Linda, Susan, Shelly, Margaret, Jenna, Lilly, and Claire.   Those who knew Bill will remember his fast clever wit that made everyone around him laugh.  Yet he also liked challenges that required thinking out of the box.  He loved the oldies (50’s and 60’s) music, and he was a noted authority on old time rock and roll.  In addition, Bill loved to swing dance.   Bill managed to work out four days a week, and as an avid sportsman, he enjoyed snow skiing and scuba diving.   He also played slow pitch softball in Dade County for over 30 years starting at the Benny Babcock Park where he worked as a recreation leader in the early 60’s.  While playing in the initial flag football league with the City of Miami, Fireman team mate Jerry Camp nicknamed him “crazy legs,” a name that still sticks.   Bill was an active member of his community.   He was a member of Hialeah/Miami Springs Rotary as well as the Dade/Broward March of Dimes where he was awarded the Order of the Battered Boot.   He was also a long time member of the Miami Association of Food Trade where he served a year term as President, assisting the organization as it awarded college scholarships to students in Dade and Broward counties.  Bill also enjoyed working with his high school alma mater (Miami Jackson Class of 1960) where he served on every reunion committee except one and served as Chairman of three reunions.   Bill and Conni enjoyed traveling all over the world with Moorea in the Tahitian Islands as their favorite destination.     Suggested donations or memorials may be made to the Parkinson Foundation at University of Miami/Jackson Hospital or Vitas Hospice at New Smyrna Beach. A memorial service and celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date.  

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  1. 13 Apr 2013
    Ed & Barbara says:
    I believe there is Heaven, and I also believe Bill is there rockin out with Elvis and many others just waiting for us to join him. And when we do, we don't have to leave before the encore to beat the traffic anymore. Much Love to you Conni.

  2. 04 Apr 2013
    Stan Zlocki says:
    Conni, I am so sorry. Seeing Bill used to be one of my highlights. He always had a way of brightening up my day. Though Mary I had little contact with you over the past 15 years, we will remember him and the good times we shared. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. 18 Mar 2013
    Marilyn And Casey Suarez says:
    Conni, We will all miss Bill so much. Some of our best vacations were spent with you both. I am happy he is in a better place and I know Joe Willy will be watching over us. God bless you and your family through these times. Much love.

  4. 07 Mar 2013
    Verna (Braddock) Campbell says:
    My prayers for you Conni are peace and comfort as you remember the wonderful memories you have of Bill. He was well loved and we are so thankful for his work keeping our Class Reunions alive. Bill will be missed by all of us.

  5. 06 Mar 2013
    Penny Heines says:
    Conni,
    Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Penny Heines

  6. 05 Mar 2013
    Beverly Coates says:
    Conni, My deepest sympathy to you and all the family. Bill was not only a great cousin but like my brother. I remember the times I visited and Bill & Conni showed me a wonderful time especially the sights in Miami and I especially remember being in the Keys with your family which was a real treat. He will be missed. Love to all of you, Bev

  7. 05 Mar 2013
    Fred Grimes says:
    I still think about our first skiing trip together. Bill was a pro and I was a rookie. He helped learn the basics of skiing. We had a great time on our trips to Lake Tahoe. We had many laughs and Bill was one of the leaders. I miss the people who went all thoughs years especially Tommy, Hoyt and Bill. I know if there's snow in heaven Bill will be skiiing every day. Thanks for the laughs my friend.....Fred

  8. 04 Mar 2013
    Maryann Nolan says:
    What a long time it seems when I think back to high school, but it was a great place to be and one reason for that was "Bill' A good guy, a good friend,
    May he rest in Peace and May you Conni cherish all the lovely memories you have of him and your life together,
    Maryann Nolan -Jackson 1960

  9. 03 Mar 2013
    Sarah Jennison says:
    Conni,
    What a beautiful life story and tribute to Bill. I enjoyed reading more about him and your lives together. So many beautiful and wonderful memories you made. I know they will bring you much comfort in the days ahead. We should all be so lucky to enjoy the life partner and love you found in Bill. XO

  10. 03 Mar 2013
    Jackie(coates)Beecher says:
    Conni,I was so sad about Bill's death. He was very loved by all I have wonderful memories of him when I was growing up. He called me about 6 months ago and I was so happy to get to talk to him You take care and you are in my thoughts.

  11. 03 Mar 2013
    Stuart Weinstein says:
    I first met Bill having played softball against him. He was a fierce competetor however a great person. The last time I saw Bill was at a Miami Dolphins practice several years ago. We shared reflections on our softball careers. I was most sorry to read about Bill having passed. My prayers are with his family during this time.

  12. 03 Mar 2013
    Charlotte says:
    Conni - thoughts and love to you.

  13. 03 Mar 2013
    Wendy Schwoerer says:
    What an amazing life Bill lived! I hope that the memories and laughter you shared together will give you peace and the knowing that he is in a better place.

    Love you!

  14. 02 Mar 2013
    cynthia( coates) Davis says:
    Iam saddened to hear of the passing of my cousin Bill. He would send me postcards of the concerts he had gone to,and when he came for a visit, we would sit and put a scrapbook together. I looked forward to his visits and mail from Fla. Light hearted,fun to-be around always a big smile.I willG miss him dearly. Hugs and kisses to all of the family.

  15. 02 Mar 2013
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    Ski trip with good friends
    Ski trip with good friends

  16. 02 Mar 2013
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    Bill With Ed and Sara
    Bill With Ed and Sara

  17. 02 Mar 2013
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    Bill and Conni
    Bill and Conni

  18. 02 Mar 2013
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    Joe Willy
    Joe Willy

  19. 02 Mar 2013
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    Bill Conni  Molly Pepper
    Bill Conni Molly Pepper

  20. 02 Mar 2013
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    Bill with the guys at Casey's house
    Bill with the guys at Casey's house

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    Bill's Grandchildren
    Bill's Grandchildren

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    Bill and Conni Wedding
    Bill and Conni Wedding

  23. 02 Mar 2013
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    Bill at Vicki's Wedding
    Bill at Vicki's Wedding

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    Bill with Kids
    Bill with Kids

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    Bill with mom
    Bill with mom

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    Bill and Cathy
    Bill and Cathy

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    Bill and Greg
    Bill and Greg

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    Bill and Conni 2
    Bill and Conni 2

  29. 02 Mar 2013
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    Bill in the Keys
    Bill in the Keys

  30. 02 Mar 2013
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    Bill and Laurie
    Bill and Laurie

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    Bill with friend and family
    Bill with friend and family

  32. 02 Mar 2013
    Mickey Noone Capeletti says:
    Sorry to hear of Bills passin. I worked with him at Babcock park and we continued to be friends fors years We reconnected again when I taught the kids at North Twin Lakes. He will be missed

  33. 01 Mar 2013
    Linda (Ridolph) Lisowski says:
    We love you Uncle Bill and will miss your crazy ways-- and pinky rings! Say hi to Nan and Pop! Our deepest sympathies Conni.

  34. 01 Mar 2013
    Ken & Linda (Babcock) VanNoy says:
    Conni - I was saddened to learn of Bill's passing. I remember the good times when he would come to Aunt Helen's in the mountains of PA for a visit. He always brought a smile to everyone faces.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  35. 01 Mar 2013
    Kim Mullins says:
    Conni, my deepest sympathy go out to you and the whole family at this most difficult time. Bill was a wonderful man, that I loved dearly! I'm so thankful for the times I did share with him, him coming up here to leaf peep and our annual trips to Atlantic City. Please take comfort in knowing he is now in God's loving arms, no longer in pain and wouldn't want us mourning but going on, which is very hard to do. I love you and our door is always open if you just want to get away. You are all in my thoughts & prayers! Love to All. Kim, Joe, Joey & Jonathan Mullins & Aunt Lee

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