Rodney Edward Mulford Sr.
ONEONTA — Rodney Edward Mulford Sr., 70, of Oneonta, died April 25, 2013, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, due to complications from lung cancer.
He was born Feb. 17, 1943, in Stamford, the son of Laura Wayman and Bruce Edward Mulford.Rodney was a 1962 graduate of Stamford Central School. During his high school years he proudly worked for Elton Laux at his Prospect Dairy Farm in Stamford. After working at Catskill Craftsman, he joined its office staff and became a self-taught accountant. He returned to Prospect Dairy, working in the office for his life-long friend, Sam Tompkins. After several other office/accounting positions, he proudly worked at Springbrook, formerly the Upstate Home for Children, where he was instrumental in a financial restructuring of the organization. In 1984, he became comptroller at Community Hospital in Stamford. At Community Hospital, under his supervision, the financial department made the conversion to computer accounting. In 1989, Rod joined Bettiol’s Fuel Services Inc., as comptroller. He proudly worked for the Bettiols, until his death in April.Rodney spent the majority of his life in Stamford, where he enjoyed many sports. He was a golfer, bowler and played softball. One of his proudest accomplishments was as Little League and All-Star coach for the Stamford Little League.Rodney also loved and played country music for many years. He played with Jerry Madore and the Prairie Ramblers and later Bob Key and Key Country. He had many dear friends in all these activities.Despite Rodney’s tremendous work ethic, sports and music interests, he was first and foremost a very dedicated family man.
He married Mary Jane Pindar in 1969 and had three children, Rodney Edward Jr. and wife, Erica of North Carolina, Jennifer Mulford Oakley and husband, Paul of Oneonta and Matthew Mulford of Oneonta. In 1991, he married Eileen Thompson Mulford. Together they made their home in Oneonta, where he resided until his death.In later years, his proudest moments were spent being loving grandfather to seven grandchildren, Davis, Haley and Annie Mulford of North Carolina, Tyler, Dylan and Brooke Oakley of Oneonta and Alex Cutting, formerly of Masonville, now residing in North Carolina with his mother, Rebeca. Rodney was predeceased by his parents, several aunts and uncles and two unforgettable brothers-in-law.Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday May 2, at the Hall-Tari Funeral Home, 40 Main St. in Stamford, with the family in attendance. A memorial celebration of Rodney’s life will take place at 11 a.m., Friday May 3, at the funeral home. After the service the family will continue the celebration of Rodney’s life at his home in Oneonta. Please feel free to join his family throughout the afternoon there.Memorial donations may be made in his name to Stamford Little League and/or Springbrook.Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Hall-Tari Funeral Home Stamford, under the direction of William A. Tari.