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Mr.  Benjamin Rhodes, Jr.

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“I was a classmate of Ben's at Slocum elementary and Crosby High schools. I learned today of Ben's passing via my brother. I recall Ben's warmth and...Read More »
1 of 45 | Posted by: Ken Lucas - Yarmouthport, MA

“My deepest sympathy to the Rhodes family. I worked with Ben at Northeast Utilities. We had a lot of nice chats and laughs. He was a very kind man...Read More »
2 of 45 | Posted by: Diane Jones - coworker

“MY CHOIR DIRECTOR!YOUR PRESENCE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED.LINDA, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES. ”
3 of 45 | Posted by: RHODA WILLIAMS - Hartford, CT

“You and you family are in my prayers!!! ”
4 of 45 | Posted by: Georgia Moore Harvey - Marietta, GA

“Spent many days at the Boys club with Ben as a kid growing up. Always a smile and a Hello. R.I.P.my friend See you on the other side. God Bless you ”
5 of 45 | Posted by: Gaetano DAmbrosio - Waterbury, CT

“Rest In Peace, Ben ”
6 of 45 | Posted by: Nannette C Turner-Williams - NC

“My sincere condolences to the Rhodes family. Ben was a high school friend of mine and my husband (Alton). We ran into Ben many times over the years...Read More »
7 of 45 | Posted by: Helen Taylor - waterbury, CT

“To a very dear friend who has been there for me though the years not only as my accountant but my good friend.Miss you BenLorraine ”
8 of 45 | Posted by: Lorraine Distefano - Waterbury, CT

“Sylvia ”
9 of 45 | Posted by: Sylvia Harris - Jacksonville, FL

“Our deepest prayers are extended to the family of Brothers Rhodes, Jr. he has contribute much to our community, now he is rewarded in being with the...Read More »
10 of 45 | Posted by: Clifton Petteway - Waterbury, CT

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family I worked with Ben plus he married my husband and I. He was a good man and will be truly missed by all...Read More »
11 of 45 | Posted by: Catherine Vann - TX - Friend

“OWOW my Brother love ”
12 of 45 | Posted by: Tony Wiggins - Washington, DC

“RlP my brother ”
13 of 45 | Posted by: Fred Petteway - Torrington, CT

“Condolences to the Ben Rhodes family from your Viking friend Judy Parker Wiggins class of 1977 ECSU. Ben was a true friend and always had a kind or...Read More »
14 of 45 | Posted by: Judy Parker Wiggins - Raleigh, NC

“Ben and I have shared a passion for local politics over the years. I believe he had a passion for Waterbury and deeply cared for working toward a...Read More »
15 of 45 | Posted by: William DeMaida - Waterbury, CT

“Rest In Peace, Ben. A very nice guy. ”
16 of 45 | Posted by: Patricia George - Hartford, CT

“Leatrice, my condolences to you and your family. Keeping you al in my prayers. ”
17 of 45 | Posted by: Debra Burdette Harris - MA

“So sad to hear of Ben's passing. We graduated high school together, & saw each other around Waterbury over the years. A great guy, I was blessed to...Read More »
18 of 45 | Posted by: Patti (Farren)Marino - Waterbury, CT

“My condolences to you Linda, Ethan, BJ, Mark, Leatrice and entire family. Junior will be missed. ”
19 of 45 | Posted by: Marlene Thompson - Wtby, CT

“So sorry for your loss ”
20 of 45 | Posted by: Rondell Bulls - Waterbury, CT

“God be with you and the family ”
21 of 45 | Posted by: Cherri Ferrine - Naugatuck, CT

“So so sorry for your loss. Ben will be truly missed. A kind man. ”
22 of 45 | Posted by: Joyce Petteway - Waterbury, CT

“Ben will truly be missed by his friends and family at ECSU. We loved him dearly and express our heartfelt condolences to his family. I will miss Ben...Read More »
23 of 45 | Posted by: Helen Taylor - Charlotte, NC

“To the Family: You have my Deepest Sympathy. May God give you Strength at this difficult time. Ben will be missed! ”
24 of 45 | Posted by: Donna Miller - Waterbury, CT

“My Sincere Sympathy to Linda and the Boys on the loss of Dear Ben.I am happy I had the privilege to be friends with such a kind and caring gentleman....Read More »
25 of 45 | Posted by: Debi Schatzle Baker - Waterbuty, CT

“My condolences to the entire family. I am going to miss you rock the heavens... ”
26 of 45 | Posted by: Renee Early - Waterbury, CT

“Sorry for your loss,May God Bless You & Your FamilyJames Hill & Janie Williams ”
27 of 45 | Posted by: james hill - Waterbury, CT

“My sincere condolences to Linda and family.Ben was a very nice man I have known him for many years and never heard a unkind word spoken by him...Read More »
28 of 45 | Posted by: Patricia Prince - Charlotte, NC

“Sorry for your loss, prayers out to the family ”
29 of 45 | Posted by: Carlos Brock - Bristol, CT

“Mrs. Rhodes so sorry for your loss. ”
30 of 45 | Posted by: Selivia Avery fowler - Bridgeport, CT

“Mrs. Rhodes so sorry for your loss. May god continue to bless your family and give you strength. ”
31 of 45 | Posted by: Selivia Avery fowler - Bridgeport, CT

“I got to know Ben through my Mom. He was the one who asked her to serve on the town committee. Very well respected man. He will missed but never...Read More »
32 of 45 | Posted by: Marjorie Teasley - Waterbury, CT

“To the Rhodes family, My deepest sympathy. Ben was a former co-worker at J&J. He was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor. May he RIP. ...Read More »
33 of 45 | Posted by: Diane Albert - Plainville, CT

“So sorry for your loss ”
34 of 45 | Posted by: Arthea Goodman - Raleigh, NC

“Sorry for you loss our prayers are with you Linda and family God Bless RIP Ben ”
35 of 45 | Posted by: Elwood woody Davis - Waterbury, CT

“I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Ben. He was a great co-worker and friend. He will be missed greatly by many. God bless his family...Read More »
36 of 45 | Posted by: Cindy Perrault - Vernon, CT

“To Ben and the Rhodes family, I offer my sincere condolences in passing your father. May God's Grace n Mercy carrying you during these difficult...Read More »
37 of 45 | Posted by: Kameela Rahman - Waterbuy, CT

“It is with deep sadness to hear of the passing of Ben Rhodes. May God provide His peace and comfort to The Rhodes Family during this difficult time. ”
38 of 45 | Posted by: Mrs. Othella Booth & Family - CT

“Rest my Iota Fraternity brother, we have servied well. ”
39 of 45 | Posted by: Terry McCarty - Indianapolis, IN

“So sorry to hear the passing of Ben. May God help you to know that he is always there. ”
40 of 45 | Posted by: Beverly & Patrick Jelks - CT

“My condolences to the Rhodes.Ben was kind gentle soul.He will truly be missed.May the fond memories you have of your love comfort the family.My...Read More »
41 of 45 | Posted by: AlicE SMITH - WATERBURY, CT

“May God Bless the Rhodes Family and give strength during this time of sorrow. Stay strong. ”
42 of 45 | Posted by: Patricia Hill - Waterbury, CT

“My deepest condolences. Ben was such a nice guy and I was very sad when he left the company. Always calm and kind to everyone, no matter what was...Read More »
43 of 45 | Posted by: Lori Conant - Wolcott, CT

“My condolences to the Rhodes Family ”
44 of 45 | Posted by: Cherri Robinson - Naugatuck, CT

“Linda, Sons, Only Sister and Extended Family, I would like to extend my most deepest heartfelt sympathy! I pray God gives you family and strength to...Read More »
45 of 45 | Posted by: Paula Ferrine-Brockington - MD


Mr. Benjamin Rhodes Jr., 63, of Waterbury, the loving husband of Linda (Thompson) Rhodes, was called to heaven suddenly in Waterbury after a brief illness on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Born on Friday July 2, 1954 in Waterbury, son to the late Benjamin F. and Eunice (Hofler) Rhodes, he was given the name Benjamin F. Rhodes Jr. He was an adventurous child. Some would say mischievous but he would say he was simply curious. He was drawn to sports at an early age starting with Football but eventually gravitating to baseball and basketball. Ben was better known as Junior to his family and friends but his college friends referred to him as "Chubby B".

He was educated in Waterbury public school system, graduating from Crosby High School. He then went on to Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. During college, he was a talented DJ, opening up for several famous acts that visited the University. Ben retired from Northeast Utilities in 2012 after many years of service but continued to run his successful tax preparation business, Neb's Financial Service. Ben was an active member of Grace Baptist church, holding the title of Deacon and holding seats on several other boards. He held several titles locally over the years such as Commissioner of Human Rights for the state of Connecticut, Commissioner of Inland Wetlands & Watercourses in the city of Waterbury, Justice of the Peace, and President of Hearth Homes which is an assisted living facility in Waterbury. Ben was an avid NY Giants and METS fan but enjoyed all variations of sports. He loved UCONN basketball and never missed a televised game. He enjoyed nature and would jokingly talk to animals. More than everything, he loved his family and especially spending time with his grandchildren. During his life he touched many, many people with his kind heart and spirit. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his wife, Linda of 38 years, he is survived by his three sons; Ethan (Andrea) Zimmerman, Marc (Bernadette) Butler, Benjamin F. Rhodes III, six grandchildren; Taylor, Erin, Ragan, Paige, Xavier, Ian, his only sister; Leatrice (Rhodes) Durham, two sisters-in-law; Trena and Alberta, God Daughter, Shakiel Fikes-Scott, his special niece Jurnee Green, several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. He was predeceased by brother Henry A. Rhodes and son Michael H. Rhodes.