August 25, 1928 - February 02, 2005
ODELL A. ROLLING, JR.
Following his High School Graduation in 1947, he attended Virginia State College until his education was interrupted by his induction into the Military. He dutifully served his country in the United States Army from 1/22/51 to 12/30/1952 where he obtained the rank of Corporal. After his discharge, he resumed his education at The University Of Denver, where he continued to exhibit his prowess as both athlete and scholar. Subsequently, he obtained his Bachelors Degree in Science, Arts and Public Administration. He also obtained a Real Estate License at Rutgers University as a post graduate student.
In 1956, Odell began his career at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as a Management Trainee, where he pursed a course of Public Administration. This led him to various positions over his 28 years of service, his final title being Senior Property Representative in the Aviation Department's Business Administrative Division at Newark International Airport, until his retirement in 1985.
While singing with the Suburban Choraliers, he met and married the former Madeline Nines of Montclair on January 16, 1960. From this union,
4 children were born; Alison, Odell III, Lydia and
Geoffrey Rolling. While handling the daily pressures that come with being husband, father and provider, and with the unfailing assistance of a willing and loving wife, Odell was able to
devote a great deal of time, energy and knowledge to his community.
Odie, as he was affectionately known was a man of many achievements, a man of character and distinction. A person who believed in ''giving back''. As a result he was a member of many charitable organizations. He was the Northeast region representative for the University of Denver Alumni Association acting in the capacity of Recruiter for the College. He was an active advocate for the East Qrange-Barringer Old Guard until the organization's demise. He served on the board for the YMCA of the Oranges and was instrumental in the planning and development of the East Orange YMCA and was also a member of The Men of Essex.
Odell wore many hats serving in the capacity of East Orange Fire Commissioner from 6/26/1972 through 1975 and East Orange Police Commissioner from 3/12/1991 to 1999. For these selfless
services he received numerous awards.
Odell was a devoted and loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and loyal Friend. He was trustworthy and steadfast. He as a remarkable role model, eloquent speaker and always
available when called upon. To those who knew him well, he will be missed but never forgotten.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 45 years, Madeline; 4 children: Alison, Odell III,
Lydia, and Geoffrey Sr.; 2 Daughters-in-law, Sandra Rolling and Melvina Baskerville; 7 grandchildren, Malcolm Rolling, Adriah Rolling, William Kornegay, Jabrel Rolling, Geoffrey
Rolling, Jr., Imani Rolling and Jhawn Baskerville; 1 Sister, Barbara People; 1 Nephew Michael People; and a multitude of extended family and friends.
Odell was a life-long resident of East Orange, NJ.
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