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Antonio R. Rodriguez  

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.

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  1. Artella Richardson, December 14, 2013

    So Sorry in the loss of a great husband, Father,and my grandchildren’s GRANDFATHER. He will be missed so very much.

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  2. Sabrina kohrherr, December 14, 2013

    I’m so very sorry for the families loss, Tony was a great man, and I feel blessed to have known him & the family for so long. Tony you will be missed & always loved by so very many & forgotten by no one!! My thoughts & prayers are with the family! please contact me if there is anything I can do, I love yall!! (302)9812641.

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  3. Nancy Petitt, December 14, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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  4. Bonnie Wasylyszyn(Williams), December 14, 2013

    To A Great Man who will be missed.Growing up around my cousins listening and watching my dad and Cousin Tony singing to Freddie Fender and having valuble quality time as a close family.I will treasure always. The older we got the less around,but will always hold a great part of my heart forever. Cousin Barbara I love you, so very sorry…Bonnie. xoxo

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  5. Britta Callaway, December 16, 2013

    I’m sorry for your loss. I hear he was a loving husband and father. Juanita, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  6. Butch McCracken, December 17, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss Barb. 50 years of marriage is not very common today and very admirable! You two have shared such a bond, a bond that death cannot even break! Cherish the memories Barb, as I am sure you have plenty of them! The memories can never be taken away and can bring you comfort as you guy’s made them TOGETHER! You are in my prayer’s and I pray that our Lord Jesus will hold you tight in your time of grieving, bring you comfort and pour his Spirit out upon you! God Bless!

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  7. Diana Allen, December 17, 2013

    I am very sorry for your loss, I will keep you & your family in my thoughts.

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  8. Diana Thompson, May 2, 2014

    Poppop, I miss you more and more everyday. It’s hard to see mom mom without you. But we will take care of her, pop pop. It’s so hard to walk into your home and see your rocking chair empty. It hurts… I hope your where they say we will all go. I know you believed that. I hope you watch over nee and your great grand children. I miss you and I’ll keep your memory alive every day until I see you again. I love you so so so much and I always will. Your first grand daughter, pop pop’s girl, Diana May (Rodriguez)

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