OBITUARY

Julio Rodriguez

March 7, 1957May 8, 2021
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On Saturday, May 8, 2021, Julio Rodriguez, loving husband, father, son, brother, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 64. Julio was born on March 7, 1957 in Guines, Cuba to Julio G. and Epifania Rodriguez.

On October 16, 1969 he moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL with his family to pursue greater opportunities. On August 16, 1980, he married Olga Rodriguez, and on September 15, 1989, their daughter Natasha Rodriguez was born. While in South Florida, his passion for construction began as a field inspector for the Florida Department of Transportation. This led to the development of his construction business which eventually expanded throughout the state of Florida. On December 31, 2002, he married Valeria Freitas, and together they moved to Ocala, FL.

Julio had a passion for raising and training race horses. He also loved fishing, traveling, playing dominos, and backyard grilling with his family. He was known for being the life of the party, for his caring and compassionate spirit, and for his ability to unite his family and friends.

Julio was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Rodriguez. He is survived by his parents Julio and Epifania, his wife Valeria, his daughter Natasha, his grandchildren Audrina, Aubrielle, and Alex, his sister Olga, his brother Oswaldo, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Julio will be dearly missed.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.forestlawnsouth.com for the Rodriguez family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, May 16, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Sunday, May 16, 2021

Memories

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Brian Pico

May 15, 2021

Mi querido Tío,

Tanto dolor saber que ya no estás aquí. Te extrañaré muchísimo todos los días. Extrañaré tus bromas, tu churrasco, tu presencia, tu capacidad para unir familia, tu cariño y tu espíritu positivo. Siempre fue un momento divertido cuando estábamos juntos. Hiciste mucho durante tu tiempo con nosotros. Dejaste un legado dentro de todos nosotros, pero sobre todo en tu hija y tus nietos, a quienes tanto amabas. En tu nombre, me comprometo a estar siempre aquí para la familia el resto de mis días, como siempre nos mostraste. Nuestros viajes a Punta Cana y México guardan algunos de mis recuerdos favoritos. Nunca olvidaré cómo nos enseñaste a mi hermano y a mí a montar a caballo en tu casa de Plantation. ¿Y quién puede olvidar nuestras celebraciones del 4 de julio en Hollywood Beach? Tantos recuerdos que siempre atesoraré. Cuando nos dejaste, también se fue una parte de mí, y nuestras vidas nunca serán las mismas sin ti. Descansa en paz tío. Hasta que nos veamos de nuevo.

Te amo para siempre.
Tu sobrino, Brian.

Jeraldo Rodriguez

May 14, 2021

Often, when we least expect, the world throws an unexpected loss that we are not prepared for. A loss that we can never truely prepare for.
Tio Julio was a character, he had a passion for success. Providing for Natasha and his family is what drove him.
There is no denying that he was a family man.
From the days of racing horses, the cows, the chickens, the vacations in Brazil he was a man of character and getting it done.
We all knew him for his drive and vision.
Did he have a temper? What Rodriguez doesn’t?
I haven’t felt such sadness in a long time, and these moments when we all come together to wish a close person to our hearts into the next . We must realize that life is short and you just never know.
Hug your loved ones, tell them you love them and leave nothing unsaid. I Love you Tio you will be missed.

Natasha Rodriguez

May 14, 2021

Papi,
If anyone would of told me that this was the last time I would write something dedicated to you I wouldn’t believe them not even if it was twenty years from now. You weren’t supposed to leave us this soon but apparently God had other plans for you. Even though I know your at peace and resting in heaven watching over us now I would do anything to just hug you, see you, and hear your voice once again. Nothing will ever fill the void that has been created and currently exists in my life until I am no longer here on Earth and reunited with you. I’m Daddy’s little girl and you are and will always be the best father and grandfather that my children could ever have. You adored the girls and they love you so much. You were so excited to finally have a grandson and had so many plans of spending more time with him now that he was older and sadly he won’t ever get to enjoy your presence in his life. You will forever live on in my heart. I will make sure your grandchildren never forget you and keep your memory alive through photographs, videos, and reminiscing on all the good memories we have shared together. I love you so much and nothing will ever be the same without you around. Lord only knows why he does things the way he does but man I hope he gives me the strength to carry on without you. I will always miss you and love you forever.

Aileen Rodriguez

May 14, 2021

My fondest memory of my cousin “Pititi was when I went to Publix where he was the bakery manager in Sunrise…… it was a special appointment with him my mom my quinces “15” Quinceñera was coming up and who better to make my cake than Publix but more importantly my cousin who was the MANAGER!! So there we are me my mom and my cousin and me being the diva that I was and still am told my cousin I want the biggest cake you’ve ever made and my mother being my biggest supporter and still is to this day tells him whatever she wants just make it happen. So after thirty minutes of back and forth my cousin and I design my cake 4 tiers with a water fountain underneath and four separate cakes to the main cake with bridges to carry my court of 14 girls dressed in pink gowns. To be honest those thirty minutes were my only
one on one time that I have ever had with my cousin just us. And to this day it was unforgettable… don’t get me wrong we had a few special moments since then but never quite that unforgettable. He made a girls dreams come true but more importantly his little cousins. We are a very large family and have spent many many memories together but this was my special moment with him. I wish I had a picture at hand to post so you could see his magic with my cake but most of you reading this were there saw the cake and ate it too. He was also very loving 🥰 but loved children and was always very supportive with me when I was pregnant he loved children . I’m proud to have had him as my cousin his memory will live on in all of our lives and will be truly missed I’m sorry he wasn’t with us longer.

Carmen Butts

May 14, 2021

To my brother in law in heaven
We only knew each other for a few years but the times we spent together were always special. You always made me feel welcome and you used to call me your favorite sister in law. My heart is broken.
Julio someone as special as you will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace my friend until we meet again.
Love Carmen

Fidel Lopeznoguera

May 14, 2021

Hola Julio espero que estes bien aya arriba descansando y gozando después de una vida grande y bonita que tu vistes. Ahí cosas que nunca me olvidaré. Bueno momentos que compartimos que nadie podrá remplazar. Tu cocinabas las mejores alitas de pollo y una carne tan rica que solo tu podías hacer. Una forma de expresarte que lo único que uno podía hacer era darte toda su atención. Captivabas todo un escenario con tu voz y presencia. Me enseñaste como pintar una pared. Una y otros trucos cuando me distes trabajo después de la escuela. Nos sentamos hablar de Natasha y como yo debería con portarme. Me dejaste ir con tigo para ver la primera y única carrera de caballos en mi vida. Lástima que no fui tan hombre para darle a tu hija lo que te prometí darle a ella y con eso perdí el chance de compartatir mucho más tiempo juntos. Siempre eso me dolió porque yo se que tu y yo hubiésemos sido buenos amigos y yo te trataría como un padre. Si me escuchas perdóname por cualquier cosa te ese malo y tratare de hacer más para todos los que dejaste aquí. Te quise y aun te quiero mucho "pititi". En inglés unos dicen "Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end; it simply means I'll miss you until we meet again". Siempre pensaré en ti y no dejaré de hablar de ti con tu familia y quien sea. Love you!

Yolana Pérez de Morales

May 14, 2021

Pititi Hemos perdido un gran amigo, siempre te recordaremos con mucho amor y cariño.
Quiero recordarte con tus ocurrencias y con ese carácter tan peculiar y alegre.

Me recuerdo de que todas las tardes después de la escuela venias a la casa con mi hermano y almorzaban. Se terminaban el lunch de mi papa y cuando llegaba Chingolo le decía a Yayita
“No tengo lunch para mañana” y Tú le decías Chingo vete al Publix y compra más (Riéndote), también recuerdo cuando jugabas domino con mi mama era simpático oírlos discutir y como este recuerdo muchas anécdotas más que no olvidaremos.

Te fuiste temprano y te vamos a extrañar, pero siempre estarás en nuestros corazones.

Descansa en Paz. Amen

Forest Lawn Funeral Home South

May 13, 2021

Forest Lawn South would like to express our deepest and sincerest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time.

We wish you peace to bring comfort, the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Sincerely,
Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens South Staff

Irasema Perez de Morales

May 13, 2021

Pititi,

We met over forty five years ago when Wito and you were inseparable. I have so many fun memories of our friendship that with time turned into a family. The trips we took, to N.Y. , Cooler full of beer and wine, our car being towed and us walking down 42nd to pick it up. The Atlantic City adventure. The Bahamas when no one wanted to go in the pool because the water was a bit cloudy but after a bottle of rum we all ended up going in the pool. The last twenty dollars . The day Natasha was born you were so proud and happy. When you built your first home. When you brought a goat to my house. You were always joking, we had so many laughs together. I don’t understand why God took you so early guess he needed your laughter in heaven. We will miss but know you will look after us. Till we see each other Rest In Peace.

Eduardo Perez de Morales

May 13, 2021

Have many fond memories from our friendship of over 50 years. -From running out of money in our Bahamas trip 40 years ago, because we spent all the money in the Casino and almost could not come back to the US, luckily they accepted personal checks at the airport- to getting the car towed away in our NYC trip while having a quick burger, even though the sign said "don't you even think of parking here". The dominoes marathons at my parents house and so on... He will be missed. Rest in peace Pititi.

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