Robert S. Rodden


Robert S. Rodden, 64, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020. He was born in Manhattan on April 6, 1956 to Robert and Julia Clare Rodden. He grew up in Port Washington, NY and later moved upstate where he worked at the Racino in Saratoga Springs.

Bobby made any and all activities exciting due to his child-like enthusiasm for everything from a baseball game to a concert. He was always the life of the party and the loudest; you could hear him a mile away. He was athletic growing up and was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed a round of golf with his son Chris and son in law JD. His favorite teams were the Rangers, Giants and Mets. One of his treasured memories was when the NY Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994. Bob said “Now I can die in peace.”

Bob loved his family and was always there to support them, attending many games, events and even his grandson’s loud car races. He loved music and live concerts, The Grateful Dead being a particular favorite. He also loved the ocean and it was actually hard to get him out of the water, he could float on the waves for hours.

We will never forget all the memories we had with you, the games you drove us to, the concerts you brought us to, all the mischief we put you through and no matter what you were always there for us. You always brought joy and laughs to everyone around you.

Our loss is heaven’s gain. We can only imagine the party upstairs where Bobby is surely singing karaoke in the clouds and jamming out with Jerry in a much better place.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Christopher. Bob is survived by his children Lauren Salvato (JD), Christopher Rodden and Matthew Rodden; grandchildren Derrick McGrew, Jr and Dylan Salvato; siblings Michael Rodden and Mary-Kelly Weir (Alistair); nephew Angus Weir; many friends, cousins and his beloved cats.

We want to honor Bob with a proper send off, but that won’t be possible until post-Covid, so a celebration of his life won’t be until Spring 2021. Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the American Heart Association.

Guest Book

Rich and Denise Swahlan

Bob was a good friend. Attended many soccer games together. Bob always made sure he said hello no matter where we were.
Many good times and lots of laughs.
Rest in peace.

The Swahlan Family

Chris Caldwell

I first met Bobby in the mid 1960’s when his family moved to Port Washington. Along with his brother Chris, Bobby was one of my greatest early friends in life. I have so many Fabulous memories of time spent together with Bobby and the gang from Concord Rd. I could easily go on for pages and pages. Bobby was indeed a good Irishman- good hearted, loyal to those he cared about and always sporting a bit of a mischievous smile. Like many childhood friends we went our separate ways but I never forgot Bobby. Over the past few years we had begun to reconnect which put a big smile on my face. He’ll be missed in so many ways, but to those whose hearts he touched during his life he’ll never be forgotten.

My deepest sorrow to Mary K, Michael and all of Bobby’s relatives I never got to meet.

Mary E Riegert

I worked with Robert at the casino. He was loved by so many who grieve his loss. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Richard Fallis

I worked with Robert he always was full of energy and made the cliental feel like family. He always would say oh the pain. I would say how did the day go? He would answer painful very painful. I have not been there in a couple of years but I shall miss him and the chance to see him again. My condolences to the family. He was a great guy.