Celebrating the life of George Rodriguez
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George Rodriguez, Port St Lucie, FL.
George was larger than life…literally and figuratively. He had nicknames like the Duke of Dining, Dr. Swing, and The Mayor of the garment center. Whether it was his 6'4" stature, the smell of his cigar, or his booming voice, George had an undeniable presence that enveloped the room and all the people in it. He made people laugh and told grand stories that you couldn’t help but believe despite their absurdity.
To say he loved golf would be an understatement. His friends and fellow club members at Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, NJ, Sailfish Point Golf Club in Stuart and The Legacy Golf Club in Port St Lucie, FL would tell you the same. In his den hangs a plaque that reads, “Golf is not a matter of life and death. It’s much more important than that”. He loved everything about the game. A scratch golfer who won the Sailfish Point Club Championship more times than his competitors enjoyed, could always be found on the course during his second round of 18, on the driving range hitting endless balls, or giving a lesson. Even on his very last day you heard him saying to one of his dearest friends “get off your right foot, get off your right foot” as his friend stood in front of him swinging an invisible club.
George came to the United States from Argentina at the young age of 14, with his father, mother, and brother after selling everything they had to find a better life. He only knew one word of English but was determined to live the American dream. He went to college, served in the Army, earned multiple gold records while in the doo-wop group The Roommates, and was a successful business owner in Manhattan’s garment industry. As a Catholic Latino, he wasn’t your typical “garmento”, but he had an impeccable eye for what looked good on women and an uncanny sense for the next big trend. Everyone knew who he was and everyone wanted to do business with him.
George and his wife Kay had a grand love affair. Married for 44 years, Kay was dedicated to taking care of George from the very first day they met to his very last. Throughout their union, George would leave Kay little surprise notes in the kitchen that would read “No one can love you more than I do!” or “You are the love of my life”. The two of them were inseparable, their love for one another undeniable, and they knew how to tear up a dance floor.
His two children, Chris and Alexis, will remember him not only as a father full of love but as a strong, fair man that prepared them for the world. He will be remembered by Chris’ wife, Kuriko, as a second father and as grandpa to their children, Kenji and Yoshi.
George was born on January 21st, 1942 and shorty after turning 75, left us March 5th, 2017 surrounded by his family that loved him dearly.
To quote one of George’s good friends, “The world has lost a GIANT today!”
He will be missed by many and forgot by none. We love you George!
There will be a memorial service at St Bernadette Catholic Church, Port St Lucie, Florida on March 10th, 2017 at 5 p.m.
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350 NW California Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986