June 27, 1939 – October 12, 2020
Venancio “James” Rodriguez, 81, of Las Vegas, passed away on October 12, 2020 at home after battling with liver cancer for more than three years. He was born on June 27, 1939 in San Marcelino, Zambales, Philippines to Venancio Rodriguez and Salvacation Montilla. James worked as a paralegal and was employed for 25 years as an attorney with Manibog Law Office. He was also a member of the Lions Organization and was part of the Knights of Columbus for 25 years. James is survived by his wife, Shannon; his children, Sharon, Sybil, Arnold, Farah, Maria, Benjamin; his step-children, Mary, Erroll, Audrey, and Troy; his fifteen grandchildren; and his brother, Carlos.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
Venancio “James” Rodriguez was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, he will be remembered as a very exceptional person.
James was born on June 27, 1939 at San Marcelino Hospital in San Marcelino, Zambales, Philippines to Venancio Rodriguez and Salvacation Montilla. James was raised in Zambales with his seven siblings, Antonio, Josefina, Socorro, Carlos, Aloysius, Arthur, and Edgar. Growing up, James was an active child who liked playing basketball and shooting. He also liked to entertain by playing the harmonica, singing, playing the guitar, and dancing. James was even on a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, helping him to develop his leadership skills and a sense of responsibility that he would carry throughout his life.
During his teenage years, James continued to stay active, always loving to be outdoors and being with his friends. Growing up, some of his best friends were Porfirio Rigudo, Rodolpho Batad, Chito Rodriguez, and Ron Rodriguez. He graduated from St. Williams High School in San Marcileno, and he notably enjoyed learning from Socorro Callo the most. James then went on to college, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. During college, James was the captain of the shooting team.
On May 26, 1989, James exchanged wedding vows with Shannon Clena Gazmen at the Justice of the Peace in Merced, California. Empathic and loyal, James was committed to making his wife and children happy. James was blessed with four daughters, Sharon, Sybil, Farah, and Maricar; two sons, Arnold and BG.; and four step-children, Mary, Erroll, Audrey, and Troy. He was also blessed with 15 grandchildren, Natasha, Kaizer, Kays, Giovanni, John Allen, Nicholas, Evan, Vivian, Ishin, Devyn, Marco, Sierra, Madison Isabella and Preston. James worked hard to be a good husband, father, step-father, and grandfather for his family, and he did his best to fulfill their needs.
Fortunately, James enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, James worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career as a paralegal. He was employed for 25 years as an attorney at Manibog Law Office. When he wasn’t at work, James could be found watching sports, especially football and basketball. He also loved to travel. His favorite vacations included trips to Israel, Switzerland, and Italy. He was an active member of the community and was a member of the Lions Organization and was part of the Knights of Columbus for 25 years. James’ faith was also important to him, and he attended Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Las Vegas.
When James’ retirement finally arrived in 1996, he was well prepared. His new life involved relocating from San Francisco to Las Vegas. In retirement, he found new pleasure in his Bible Study Group and Nazarene Prayer Group. Even in retirement, James continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. James was active in his new community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him. James also loved to cook. He enjoyed taking over the kitchen and creating his own unique dishes from scratch for his family. His wife, especially, loved his cooking and would often concede that he is a better cook than she is.
James passed away on October 12, 2020 at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada after battling with liver cancer for more than three years. He is survived by his wife, Shannon; his children, Sharon, Sybil, Arnold, Farah, Maria, Benjamin; his step-children, Mary, Erroll, Audrey, and Troy; his fifteen grandchildren; and his brother, Carlos. Services were held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. James was laid to rest at Palm Eastern Cemetery in Las Vegas.
Simply stated, James was a good and kind person who was a vital part of many people’s lives. He was an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being caring and giving. James leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Venancio “James” Rodriguez.