OBITUARY: Ronald James Rodriguez
Ron died peacefully in his sleep on 2/25/12 after a very short battle with cancer. He was 62. Ron was born in Santa Cruz., Calif. on April 17, 1949 and raised by his father & mother, Harold and Dorothea Rodriguez. He followed his father’s career and worked for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for a short time until a tragic motorcycle accident almost cost him his life and leg. In his mid twenties, he followed his sisters to So. Lake Tahoe, Nevada. There Ron worked for many years at After Dark nightclub in Round Hill, which he really enjoyed.
Ron loved living at Lake Tahoe with its four distinct seasons, the beautiful lake and the peaceful snow. He was a very friendly and kind man, insisting on big hugs when greeting and leaving his friends. Once you were Ron’s friend, you had a big brother that would do anything he could for you.
His favorite hobbies were cars, firearms and swimming. He had a goal to “swim around the world” in the laps he did daily at the South Lake Tahoe recreation center, where he developed many special friends. As a teen, he owned a 1959 Corvette Stingray convertible, enjoying taking his younger sister through the Santa Cruz mountains, not only scaring her but instilling in her the love of cars and Corvettes. He also had a standing bet with his 110 lb. niece every Thanksgiving, betting on who could eat more Thanksgiving dinner. We all enjoyed the fun.
One of Ron’s favorite sayings was to tell those he loved “Miss your face.” Those that loved him will surely miss his face for a long, long time to come.
He is survived by daughters Stephanie Bryant of Grass Valley, CA; Tessa Wastun of Little Egg Harbor, NJ; son Ronald Antonelli of San Francisco, CA; sisters Carol Cochran and Angie Moseley of Albuquerque, NM; a niece Jessie Moseley of Gardnerville, NV; a nephew Ryan Moseley of Albuquerque, NM; and numerous grandchildren.
Friends may contact his sister for information on an upcoming life memorial to be held later in the year at (505) 944-5250.
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