Ogden M. Dodge

Date of Passing:

January 27, 2022

Ogden M. Dodge, 90, of Riverside, formerly of Barrington, died Thursday, January 27, 2022, at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. Born in 1931 in Worcester, MA, son of Raymond and Gladys (Conway) Dodge, Ogden graduated from Auburn High School in Auburn, MA, and St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. Following his graduation, he began his career in the Vicks Executive Development Program in New York City, and became a copywriter at Morse International, Inc. Vicks’ in-house advertising agency. He returned to Massachusetts in 1960 when he accepted a position as Advertising Manager, Consumer Products at the Dennison Mfg. Co. in Framingham, MA. In 1963, Mr. Dodge joined Horton, Church & Goff, a Providence advertising agency and moved his family to Barrington.

In 1980, he fulfilled a professional dream when he opened his own ad agency, Dodge Associates, Inc. where he would work until his retirement in 1997. Some of Ogden’s work as a writer is still in use today, including his personal favorite, “Warm Thy Neighbor”, which he wrote for the Good Neighbor Energy Fund.

Throughout his career, Ogden was active in the business community. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Worcester Science Center, the Public Utilities Communicators Association, and the RI chapter of the Salvation Army, among many other positions. He was also a past President of the Providence Ad Club.

Mr. Dodge was a Veteran of the Korean War, having served as a Battery Executive Officer and Forward Observer with the 937th Field Artillery Battalion, the famed “Arkansas Long Toms”.

A devout Catholic, he was an active member of St. Luke’s Church in Barrington for 58 years, serving in many roles including Eucharistic Minister, Religious Education Teacher, and Chairman of the Catholic Charity Fund Appeal for St. Luke’s. He was especially proud to serve as a Lector at St. Luke’s for over 50 years. In his retirement he enjoyed many years of fun and friendship in the St. Luke’s golf league.

Ogden’s life centered around family. He loved a good gathering and was often the one leading the conversation with his entertaining storytelling and wonderful sense of humor. His hobbies included golf, watercolor painting, and gardening. A beach lover, he enjoyed his time with family and friends in Little Compton and Sarasota.

He leaves his beloved wife of 63 years, Kathleen Ann “Kay” (Dolan) Dodge, and four children, Julie Dodge Wiseman of Riverside, Ogden Dodge Jr. (Jacqueline) of Rumford, Andrew Dodge (Heather) of Freeport, ME, and Elizabeth Dodge Olson (Perry) of Bristol. He also leaves nine grandchildren, Caroline Deja (Greggory), Kathleen Generazio (Richard), Samuel Dodge, Madeline Danz (Alec), Henry Dodge, Phoebe Dodge, Jackson Dodge (Faith), Thomas Dodge, Ramsey Dodge, and seven great grandchildren, Christopher, Samantha, Theodore and Benjamin Deja, Louis Generazio, Owen Danz and Fiza Dodge.
Ogden was the brother of the late Conway Dodge (the late Linda Dodge) of Dayville, CT, Nancy Fistori (the late Paul Fistori) of Mattapoisett, MA, Priscilla Hesford (John) of Charlottesville, VA, Susan Dentch (Milton) of Shrewsbury, MA, and Raymond Dodge (Marlene) of Holden, MA. He was a beloved uncle of 41 nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held on Friday February 4, 2022 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 9:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke’s Church, 108 Washington Road, Barrington at 11 a.m. Calling hours will be held on Thursday February 3, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. Burial will follow in Forest Chapel Cemetery, Nayatt Rd., Barrington. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Good Neighbor Energy Fund/United Way RI (https://www.unitedwayri.org/gnef/) would be appreciated.

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31 Comments

  1. Mr. Dodge was THE happiest father of all the dads I knew growing up in Barrington. Every time I came to visit my good friend, Oggie Jr., Mr. Dodge was always smiling & truly enjoying his family. Mrs. Dodge, Julie, Oggie, Andrew, Liz & everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Dodge… celebrate his amazing life!

  2. My condolences to Ogden’s family and friends. Met Ogden when I joined the St Luke’s golf back in 2015. He ALWAYS went out of his way to make me feel welcome (it was obvious that this was part of his and the leagues warm nature). From day one he was ALWAYS a joy to see and golf with. An important part of our lives is being THANKFUL and I am thankful for Orden’s friendship . RIP Ogden and I know that your family and friends will always cherish your memories.

  3. He was one of greats! Lots of love, peace and laughter to all of the Dodges. God bless.

  4. Julie & Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Julie, I immediately thought of you when I read that your dad was a witty conversationalist. His daughter I presume is much like him! Thoughts are with your entire family as you remember all of the wonderful ways your dad touched your lives.

  5. We all loved Uncle Ogden like no other. He was clever, happy, engaged, smart, fun, cute and always made everyone feel so special… Love and condolences to you all.
    Caroline, Scott and Lizzie

  6. Dear Kay and Family,
    We are very saddened by the loss of Oggie. We had some great times together, playing golf, new year’s eve parties and so many other events. Oggie was one of the top guys in this world. He will definitely be missed. Our prayers are with you all and with Oggie.

    Chan and Doie Moisen

  7. We are saddened at the passing of a good friend. I have many fond memories playing Golf in FL and RI with Ogden. Also visiting and chatting with he and Kay at their home. Our prayers are with you and family. God Bless, Bill & Gail Sweeney

  8. Dearest Mrs. Dodge, Julie, Oggie, Andrew and Elizabeth and extended family,

    So sorry for your loss even though we know it will happen, it is never easy. Although we were at “the other church”, I, too, will never forget Mr. Dodge’s warmth and smile – it was always in his eyes – and each of you “kids” has it too!! I recently came across a picture of Andrew in relation to a cycling group we are both a part of here in Maine, and just from his eyes I knew he had to be a “Barrington Dodge”! Although I never got confirmation, the mystery is now solved! What a legacy to leave behind!
    Luv and hugs, peace and light to all as you take this journey together,
    Mary Ellen (Mason) Rosenberg

  9. Ogden was the real thing. Though my time at Horton, Church & Goff was spent on the creative side, Ogden was a “suit,” a term often used in a derogatory sense though never aimed at Oggie with that meaning. After we’d both retired,I had online conversations with him. Though ten years younger, I actually started at HC&G before he did and was frequently head-hunted, eventually moving on to WH&W in Connecticut, and eventually starting Adams, Rickard & Mason. I was enchanted with the images of Kay and Ogden that he posted on Facebook. What a lovely couple.

  10. Dear Kay…on this day 02/02/22 , I remember the closeness we had & all the fun we shared growing up together- the Dodge’s, the Conway’s & the Gallacher’s & there was Oggie with his infectious smile & of course his story telling ! He is not lost…we all know exactly where he is…in heaven ! Peace to you & your family !

  11. To all the Dodges,
    I will miss your father very much. I saw him at many gatherings at my parents’ house, and I always looked forward to his company. He was so good at making me feel like I was the most important person in the world, and he took such an interest in what I was doing. He would always listen so patiently to my rantings or complaints-du-jour, and would smile broadly and give me a single line of wisdom that would change my whole outlook! He was a real pleasure!

  12. Dear Kay and Family,
    We will miss Ogden’s outgoing manner and pleasant smile. He made every gathering more enjoyable and memorable. We are so lucky to have known him, and will miss him dearly.

  13. A long time friend! I will miss him..
    Sorry we will miss his funeral.
    We are still in Fl.
    God bless and his Family.
    Gene and Pauline Healey

  14. Ogden my older brother and confidant. You never gave up on me when I was a young man and a drift. I still have your letters written many years ago full of encouragement and wisdom. I was very lucky to have a brother like you. Rest In Peace.

  15. Ogden Dodge, we were blessed to have you as part of the St. Luke family! Thanks for leading my youngest child’s confirmation class long after your own children were grown, and for the hearty greetings whenever we met at Church or in town. Your passing is surely heaven’s gain.

  16. Mr. Dodge was a wonderful person with wonderful sense of humor. A person whom you looked forward to meeting at every encounter.i am so thankful to have known him.may God be with his family, and may he resting peace.

  17. Julie and Family.

    Thanks for sharing even though it is sad news. Your father was a wonderful inspiration to all of us. He had class in the best use of the term. It was hard not to like him at first meeting or in hearing him at the lectern. My father liked him very much and talked highly of him whenever his name was mentioned. He had a fine wit and an endearing smile. I will always remember him with great respect. Bless you in this time of grief.

  18. Oggie. So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. May the Lord provide you and all your family the strength and comfort during this difficult time.

    Your friend always,
    Juan & Veronica Baldovinos

  19. Oggie and family, so sorry for your loss but so happy you had such a wonderful man in your lives. His legacy will be the beautiful family he and your mom created and may you always remember all of the good times you shared and how much each of you brought him joy and love.
    Our deepest sympathies to all the Dodge family.

  20. Ogden was a mentor when I went to work at Horton Church and Goff right out of college. He was great to me.

  21. Ogden you were a caring and loving father and husband. You were an exemplary Christian who touched and enhanced the lives of many of us.
    I’m sure that as the gates of heaven opened, you were greeted: “Welcome good and faithful servant. Come and rest.” We will miss your friendship and laughter.

  22. Wow in reading Ogden’s obituary you get a real sense of what a wonderful man he was. My heart goes out to the whole Dodge family and especially to Andrew, Heather and family. I never had the pleasure of meeting Ogden but he obviously left a major legacy in the great children and grandchildren he leaves behind. May he Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Sincerely

  23. Wow in reading Ogden’s obituary you get a real sense of what a wonderful man he was. My heart goes out to the whole Dodge family and especially to Andrew, Heather and family. I never had the pleasure of meeting Ogden but he obviously left a major legacy in the great children and grandchildren he leaves behind. May he Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Sincerely
    Bill Gilman Freeport Me

  24. Sorry for your loss Oggie. I’m thinking about you.

  25. Oh, so sorry to learn of this. I had the pleasure of freelancing for Dodge fresh out of RISD. Thanks for the memories. May God grant all of you His peace during this difficult time.

  26. Dear Kay and family,

    I was saddened to learn, just a few minutes ago, of Ogden’s passing. He was such a pesence at St. Luke’s and such a wonderful lector. May he rest in peace and may the God of all consolation give you strengh and comfort

    I sincerely regret that mynbeing out-of-state will not allow me to concelebrate his funeral. I will, however, be with you in Spirit and in prayer.

  27. Oggie,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and you family. God bless your Dad and especially your Mom!

    Mark and Judy

  28. Dear Dodge Family, I will never forget the light he shared, his humor, his kindness and the sparkle in his eyes. What a wonderful man. !!I send my heartfelt condolences.

  29. Julie, Kay & family, may you be blessed with God’s peace and comfort in these difficult times. I remember Ogden fondly from St. Luke’s. He was always a delightful gentleman, and a fine example of service to others which inspired me and many others. May God bless you and keep you, may His light shine upon you and may He hold you in the palm of His hand. Godspeed Ogden!
    Chuck Anastasia

  30. We will certainly miss uncle Ogden. I will remember him for being the uncle that always told funny jokes. He always had a smile on his face and made everyone laugh with his great sense of humor.

  31. Dear Kay, and to your family,

    We are so saddened to learn of Ogden’s passing. He was such a great guy and we enjoyed so many good times with you both. You have a wonderful family and we know that Ogden has left you in loving and caring hands. May you find comfort in the love that surrounds you as you grieve this great loss. We send our prayers, hugs and thoughts to you and your family and will remember Ogden with great fondness.
    Extending our deepest sympathy, Audrey and David.

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