Joseph Rodie Langley, known to many fishing enthusiasts on Chesapeake Bay as Capt. Rodie, died of cancer Monday at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick. He was 72.
Born in Solomons, Md., he had lived all his life there, working as a charter fishing captain for more than 50 years.
Capt. Rodie had been licensed to take out fishing parties at the early age of 18. He was still taking them out until last June.
There were many stories told about Capt. Rodie. One of the best known was about the day he met President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was in 1938 and he had a fishing party of Washington bigwigs out on the bay. Not far away, the president was relaxing on the president yacht.
When a member of Capt. Rodie's party caught a 21-pound rockfish, he decided to present it to the president despite the scoffs of others aboard the fishing boat. The president accepted the offer of the fish and invited the entire party aboard the yacht for refreshments.
Capt. Rodie was a member of the Charter Boat Association and the Calvert County Sportsman Club.
He is survived by his wife Doris, and a son Michael, both of the home in Solomons; another son Joseph Rodie III, of Lexington Park; three daughters Sarah Brown, of Coster, Md., Lenore Nitterright, of Glen Burnie, and Ramona Meyer, of Lithicum Heights; two brothers Leslie and Leon, and a sister Amy Lankford, all of Solomons; another sister Alberta Keefe, of Lusby, Md., 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.