Antonio R. Rodriguez
June 13, 1933 – December 12, 2013
Antonio R. Rodriguez, age 80, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 12, 2013.
Antonio was born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico on June 13, 1933, and was a son of the late Ceferino Rivera and Flelisa Rodriguez Rivera. He made his career with Forbes Steel and Wire, where he worked as a mesh machine operator.
Antonio was an avid sports fan, who loved cheering on the Eagles and Phillies. He adored riding Harley-Davidsons, especially his own 1979 Sportster. Above all else, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Antonio is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Barbara A. Hodel Rodriguez, whom he cherished more than anything; children, Antonio Rivera and wife Mary, Juanita Barkley and husband James, and Angela Richardson and husband Spencer; 5 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where friends may call from 11 am until 12 Noon. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.