Robert Joseph Godley

July 28, 1929 ~ November 7, 2021 (age 92)


Robert Joseph (RJ) Godley passed away at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Florida at the age of 92, on Sunday, November 7th, after a very brief illness.
RJ was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 28, 1929 to his parents Benjamin Godley and Bertha (Ley) Godley. He was raised and spent a large part of his life in Putnam, Connecticut. He proudly served his country during the Korean War as an Army Military Police Officer. RJ was a successful general contractor and enjoyed building homes and was known for his beautiful cabinet work. He also enjoyed collecting and restoring antique cars and was one of the founding members of the Yankee Yesteryear Car Club.
When he retired, he moved to St. James City, Pine Island, in 1988. RJ loved his home and friends in St. James City. He loved to fish, boat, restore cars, play cards, and visit and sell items at flea markets.
RJ is survived by his children; Robbin (Steven) Henslee and Jeffrey (Susan) Godley, his three grandchildren; Jackson and Kathleen Henslee and Benjamin R. Godley, his brother Benjamin (Nancy) Godley, his niece, and nephews; Amy (Godley) Nash, Ben, and Scott Godley, and his loving partner Fran Wolford.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Legion Post 136 in St. James City or a charity of your choice that supports one of RJ’s loves.
A separate Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Tributes to RJ can be made at


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