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Rodman H. Scace Sr.

Rodman H. Scace Sr., 92, of Palm Harbor, Florida passed away peacefully on, September 10, 2021. Rodman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 18, 1929 to the late Blaine Scace and Helen Bond Scace. Rodman graduated from Upper Darby High School in Pennsylvania. After High School graduation, Rodman enlisted in The United States Navy, where he served in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged upon completion of his service. After leaving the Navy, Rodman was employed with the United States Postal Service in Pennsylvania and Hyannis, Massachusetts. He also sailed as a merchant mariner with the Steamship Authority and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. In 1985, Rod was part of the crew, on the historic trip aboard the RV Knorr, which discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic. Rodman retired to Palm Harbor, Florida in 2002. He was honored at the Baypines VA hospital located at Baypines, Florida in 2019 for his service. Rod was also member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

Rodman is preceded in death by his brothers Loren and Donald “Ted” Scace. He is survived by his former wife Rita Mary (Petze) Scace of Cape Cod, and his three children; son Rodman H. Scace, Jr. of Hyannis, Massachusetts, and daughters Jeannine (Scace) Lynch-Nerney of Cape Cod and Rita Kristine (Scace) Cook of Palm Harbor, Florida. He has five grandchildren; Derek Scace, Lucy Lynch, Gigi Noel Nerney, Ava Scace, and David Cook and one great-granddaughter Lola Scace. He has a daughter in-law Gail Scace, and two son in-law’s Roderick Nerney, and Joseph Cook, and his nephew Larry Scace. He leaves many extended family members and friends who loved him dearly.

Rodman was a true patriot who loved and respected his country. While living on Cape Cod with his family, Rodman’s most cherished memories were of times spent clamming, fishing, and boating. He loved riding his motorcycle, traveling, jazz music and exercising. Rod was well known for enjoying a good meal and most of all his love for eating ice cream and dessert.

 Friday, October 15, 2021, a Mass will be held at 11:00am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church located on 511 Main Street, Falmouth Massachusetts.  Following the service at St. Patrick’s Church, there will be a graveside service at 12:15pm with military honors, provided by the United States Navy, at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, located on Off. Connery Avenue Bourne, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Rodman’s memory at: P.O Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250 or online:

Family, friends, and those who served with Rodman are invited to share a memory and sign his guestbook below.”

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  • Kelly Carey says:

    There are so many memories of your dad we got to work together on the steamship together on the eagle back forth from Hyannis to
    Nantucket . Many sleepers at the Scace household with my BFF
    Krissy your dad as well as your mom. made me feel apart of your family growing up on the cape . The last memory is your dad in Florida taking out to lunch . Thank you Mr Scace for the treasured memories with Krissy and her beautiful family

  • Esther Glickman says:

    Dear family of Rod, thank you for sharing your Father with me. I was so thankful that I got to spend some time with him. Many memories of us all sitting by Lake Saint George enjoying everything life has to offer. I was so happy that my John and Rod got to share time at the VA. Both very private men, proud and G-d fearing America loving men. I am sad for my friends that they are greiving the loss of Rod. The emply space get filled with the many memories of all the good thins. May Rod have the rest he deserves then followed by some great motorcycle ride!!! Thank you for beinging a great friend and for you and Rita raising such great children. Most especially my Krissy. My last memory of you sitting in my driveway holding your hand out to me from the car, and there you were with that big smile…….thanks for the memories….

  • Janis & Joe says:

    The world has lost a wonderful man! Many nice memories sitting around just spending time together chatting about many things life has blessed us with. Two of my favorite times was hanging out on Krissy & Joe’s porch with Rod and Red (my dad). both tin can sailors who served on destroyers.during the Korean War, and listening to them sharing stories. The kindred patriotic and proud spirit that only they truly understood was amazing to observe and listen to. My other favorite time was having lunch with Rod and Krissy at Bay Pines one beautiful, sunny afternoon. Just hanging out on the waterfront dock, time stood still yet life was happening. None of us wanted to leave. It was a forever hour of time! Thank you for sharing your amazing dad with us m, Krissy!! No one but G-d knows the depth of love you have for your family, your friends, your world, but I would like the world to know, there is no instrument available to man that can measure it!! When the call comes for all hands on deck, you make it to the front of the line!! Your mom and dad taught you well Rest In Peace Rod!! We’ll see you on the other side of Heaven! Thanks for serving us so well!!

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