WHITE RIVER JCT. —A funeral service will be held May 22 at 11a.m. at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct. Rodney N. Tardie, 92, who died May 10 at his home in Wilder. Burial will follow in the West Lebanon Cemetery.
He was born June 29, 1921 in Wilder, a son of Napoleon “Paul” and Lizzie Belle (Nott) Tardie.
Rodney graduated from Hartford High School Class of 1940 before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war he began his career as a mechanic, first for himself in Wilder, then at Clifford’s Garage in West Hartford, later at Gerrish Motors in Woodstock where he worked for 18 years, and finally at the Carriage House in Windsor before retiring.
He was married to Mary Longley of Pomfret on Sept. 25, 1958. They lived in Wilder for several years before moving to Highland Avenue in White River Jct. where they made their home together for over 50 years. Mary died June 17, 2012.
Rodney was a Master Mechanic and was passionate about automobiles of any era. After his retirement, he could often be found working on cars and other projects with his son and grandson at their garage in Wilder. In earlier years, Rodney and his wife were well known for their huge vegetable garden and particularly for selling bushels of potatoes to friends and neighbors.
He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth Sheffield and her husband Douglas of West Valley City, Utah; a son Adrian Tardie and his wife Paula of Wilder; a stepson Vernon Clifford and his wife Tina of Pomfret; grandchildren Tadd Tardie, Chris and Charlie Johnson, Nathan and Shane Clifford and Amber Moore; several great grandchildren; a brother Henry Tardie of Wilder and several nieces and nephews.
Rodney was predeceased by a grandson Oak Clifford.
Contributions in his memory may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or the VNA/Hospice of Vermont & New Hampshire, 66 Benning St., Suite 6, West Lebanon, N.H. 03784.
Condolences may be expressed to Rodney’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
This obituary first appeared in the May 22, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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