43-Year Old Netrition Co-Founder And President Tom Roddy Succumbs To Brain Cancer
Posted Nov 12 2009 10:00pm
Tom Roddy was diagnosed with brain cancer in April 2009
This was a sad week in the low-carb community when one of the most innovative leaders in the online health retail industry was taken from us at the age of 43. Tom Roddy, President and Co-Founder of Internet-based nutrition products retailer Netrition since 1997, died on November 9, 2009, at Johns Hopkins Hospital after battling grade 4 glioblastoma brain cancer since his diagnosis in April. According to Tom’s brother Bernie, Tom was a “very private person” who chose not to disclose this very serious illness with the public.
“I’m sure this news will come a great shock to many of you who knew him,” says Bernie Roddy, who has served as Vice-President of Netrition. “It was his request that his illness be kept as private as possible.”
And despite his very serious condition over the past six months, Tom Roddy remained an active part of guiding the future of the company he had invested so much of the past twelve years of his life to.
“Netrition was Tom’s vision and even in his final days, he continued to impart his ideas on how it should grow,” Bernie added. “His vision will continue to live even after his death.”
I never met Tom Roddy in person, but I did know him through e-mail and spoke with him on the telephone a couple of times. All of my one-on-one dealings with this man confirmed to me that he was a good, decent, and generous person who sought to provide his customers with quality products to enhance their healthy lifestyle. His loss will be difficult for those who were closest to him, but his legacy will live on for many more years to come.
You can view Tom’s obituary by clicking here and please share your thoughts and prayers for the Roddy family by signing his guest book.
Funeral services will take place this Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 11:15 am at the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street in Albany, New York. Memorial contributions in Tom’s memory can be sent to The Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research.