Rodney David McCabe, age 84, died on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 at home.
He will be missed by many in all walks of life. He worked nearly 50 years at Johnson Restaurant Supply in East Syracuse, including eight years as a consultant after his retirement. He had a strong work ethic. Rodney was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force where he served in the National Guard. He once loved to hunt in the Adirondacks, was a former amateur radio enthusiast (WB2SXH) and former member of the Syracuse Astronomical Society.
He graduated with an Associate Degree from Onondaga Community College where he met his wife in Astronomy class. He claimed they fell in love under the stars. (It’s true!) He attended Columbia College for a time. He loved talking about his early youth on the chicken farm in Liverpool, then moving to Onondaga Hill. He wanted to help the country during WWII, so as a young boy, he and his friend would look out for enemy planes. Luckily they never spotted one to report. His first job as a teenager was working with his Grandpa Pratt at the Onondaga Valley Cemetery where he mowed the grass and helped with burials. He was a volunteer with the Onondaga Hill Fire Department. He loved vacationing in Ogunquit, Maine every year with his wife, after his honeymoon there in 1988. He loved his family and even his cat Oliver. He was a kind, gentle, quiet and loving man who never spoke ill of anyone. It was said that he was a great conversationalist and knew a lot about so much. He did.
He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Cindy (Nappa) McCabe and his three daughters who he was so proud of: Melissa (John) Price of Texas, Tammy (Nels) Ruud of California and Toshia McCabe (Ken) of Boston, MA; his four grandchildren: Bryan Oates, Nathan, Stephen and Erica Ruud and great-granddaughter Winter-Lynn Oates; his sisters Marion Tickner and Beverly (Carl) Kastler of Syracuse and sister-in-law Donna McCabe of Morrisville. He is also survived by his in-laws who he said were always there for him: father and mother-in-law, Dick and Susie Nappa, sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Sam Tassone, Kathi and Kutz Guanciale and Laurie Erwin, plus several nieces, nephews and cousins and his “best friend” Marshall Webster and Jeff LaCount who was like a son to him.
He was predeceased by his parents, Carleton and Evelyn (Pratt) McCabe, his brother Kenneth McCabe, niece Kim Nichols, nephew Christopher McCabe and brothers-in-law Norman Tickner and Thomas Erwin.
A memorial gathering will be planned with time and location to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, contributions honoring Rodney can be made to The Food Bank of CNY, HumaneCNY or a charity of your choice.
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