Oscar Joseph Rodriguez
Beloved husband of Dorothy (nee DiOnofrio) and 65 year resident of Valley Stream, N.Y., died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on February 1, 2020 at age 98. Oscar was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico to parents Roman Rodriguez and Provencia Escribano and moved to NYC with his mother and four siblings Jenny, Armando, Roberto and Lilia as a young boy. He grew up in Spanish Harlem and married Dorothy, his childhood sweetheart, upon returning from service in WWII. As one of the four original salesman for Goya Foods, Inc., he proudly served the company for more than forty five years. He also was an entrepreneur in his own right.
Oscar and Dorothy were blessed with a seventy year marriage and six devoted children including Linda, Paul (Terriann), Joseph, Peter, Robert (Sandra) and Richard (Nancy). Oscar was the cherished grandfather of Shannon (Heather), Jason, Tracey (Alex), Paul Jr.(Michelle), James, Anna and Olivia and great grandfather to David and Brooklyn. He is also survived by sister Lilia Marsh, who is 100 years old, nieces and nephews, fondly mentioning nephew Eddie Rivera. All lovingly called him “Popi.” Oscar enjoyed attending the sporting events of his children and, eventually, his grandchildren. Families, teammates and coaches were always happy to see loyal Popi supporting the team.
Oscar’s warm smile and gracious demeanor touched the hearts of all who knew and loved him. His easygoing outlook was often felt as he happily replied “sure!” to any request. Oscar loved to cook, grill and was often seen wearing his favorite Goya hat. His favorite foods were frankfurters, Oreo cookies, rice and beans, ice cream, grapes and eggs served sunny side up! Throughout his joyful life he enjoyed meeting people and making lifelong friends. He rode a motorcycle during WWII and continued his love of riding long after his service. He had many happy days on the beach in Long Beach, NY. Oscar was well known for his honesty, generosity and his love of children and pets. Perhaps his happiest moments were spending many holidays and special celebrations with his loving family. His beautiful heart touched so many lives and he will be dearly missed.