Mr. Rotchford was born in the Bronx, NY, on June 2, 1924, one of two boys born to Matthew and Helen (Freeman) Rotchford. Following high school, he entered college. After a few months he enlisted in the United States Army where he served during World War II with the Army Air Corps fulfilling his dream of becoming a pilot.
Upon his return from the war he continued his pilot duties serving in the Air National Guard patrolling the northeast border of the United States during the Korean War. He re-entered college and graduated from Colgate University. Mr. Rotchford became a commercial airline pilot, first working for Northeast Airline and then Delta, from which he retired. He loved playing baseball and had tried out with the New York Giants. He was offered a position but chose to go to college instead. He was a devoted New York Yankees fan.
He enjoyed the family lake house in Sidney, ME, spending time there every year since the age of 2, only to miss two years while he was away with the military. His passion there was fishing in the lake and spending time with his family. After retiring to Florida he joined the Marco Island Veterans of Foreign War.
He leaves his wife, Elizabeth (Press) Rotchford whom he married June 9, 1951; son, William and wife Tina Rotchford, of Oshkosh, WI; daughters, Stephanie and husband Richard Arsenault, of Wilmington, and Suzanne and husband John Fullerton, of Moultonborough, NH; grandchildren, Stefanie, Jarrod, Marcel, Jeffrey, Matthew, Patrick, David, and Howard. His brother William predeceased him.
A memorial Mass will be held on Friday, February 22, at 3 pm, from Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilmington. There will be a service this summer in Sidney, ME where he will be laid to rest.
Memorial gifts may be made to either the Dana Farber Cancer Center or The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge (Jamaica Plains, MA where he and his wife received excellent care) in care of the Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.
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