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Rodolfo A. Ford, Sr.

Rodolfo A. Ford Sr. age 79, of Ogdensburg, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center. There will be graveside services in the Spring at Hillcrest Cemetery in Heuvelton. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg.

Rodolfo was born in Colón, Panama on September 17, 1939, the son of Mister and Misses Sealy-Ford. He married Marva Hansel in June 1961 and both migrated to the U.S.A. and became citizens in 1961. Rodolfo and Marva lived in Brooklyn New York where he worked several jobs in factories, a cab driver and as a liquor store clerk. He later became a New York State Corrections Officer in 1977 and worked at Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, NY. He moved his family to upstate New York and rose to the rank of Captain. He retired from Gouverneur Correctional Facility in 1996.

Rodolfo loved to fish, hunt and spend time with his family. He operated the Reba Charters Fishing Service for ten years on Lake Ontario.

Rodolfo is survived by his wife, Marva Ford of Ogdensburg, NY; four children, Rodolfo A. Ford II and his wife, Brenda, of Ogdensburg, NY, Rodolfo A. Ford III of Minnesota, Reba Ford of Arizona and Ruth Ford of Arizona and three grandchildren, Marva-Lu Ford of Ogdensburg, Ki and Casey McCawley of Arizona.

6 Condolences

  • Blaine Webber Posted February 8, 2019 8:53 PM

    Saddened to see this. I enjoyed working for Rudy for years. Always had a good story and a laugh. RIP Rudy.

  • Paul S Kruk Posted February 9, 2019 6:42 AM

    Sending my condolences to the Fords. Worked for many years with Rudy and Rudy Jr. Always mild mannered and had lots of fishing stories.

  • Rebecca Caraballo Posted February 9, 2019 7:50 AM

    Hello, my name is Rebecca. I am from the Potsdam area. I was reading this obituary of Rodolfo A. Ford, Sr, and I wanted to say to the friends and family that I am deeply sorry for your loss.

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  • Nicholas Serio Posted February 9, 2019 12:34 PM

    Marva, Rudy Jr. and family-I was sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and father. We worked together for many years at both Ogdensburg and Gouverneur Correctional Facilities.and I alwaysappreciated the way in which he conducted himself. We are currently away from Ogdensburg and will not be able to personally extend our condolences but we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Godspeed

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  • Susan Cornelison Posted February 11, 2019 12:24 AM

    Dear Marva, Rudy Jr. and girls. We are sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and Father. He was a great, funny man . We always enjoyed you guys. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Susan and Bill Cornelison.

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