A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

The family is grateful for your presence and invites you to a repass at the Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park at 1:30pm following graveside.
OBITUARY

Robert Rodriguez

January 8, 1934February 15, 2021
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Robert Rodriguez was born on January 8, 1934 to Francisca and Esmeraldo Rodriguez, in Brooklyn, NY where he lived, worked, and was educated. After graduating from high school, Bob joined the United States Marine Corp on August 12, 1952. After Basic Training, he was shipped out to Korea as an Infantry Rifleman. He spent 3 years in Korea and after the war, he served another 3 years as a Drill Sergeant. Bob loved being a Marine, excelled as Drill Sergeant and ultimately held multiple posts.

Bob earned several medals, citations and ribbons while serving as a Marine. His most honored recognition included receiving a Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation.

Bob returned to Brooklyn following an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corp. He began his career with the New York City Police Department in 1962 while pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. After numerous citations for his arrest record during the early years of his police work, he was recognized and promoted to Detective. One high profile arrest occurred during the latter part of September 1972, when Columbia University Professor Wolfgang C. Friedman was fatally stabbed. After intensive work, Bob and his partner, Detective Charles Hall, arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with homicide. Bob was appointed by the New York City Mayor and Chief of Police to lead Special Task Force Units until his retirement in 1982. Later that year, Bob joined the Federal Defenders Office of Legal Aid Society as Chief Investigator, until his retirement 15 years later in 1997.

Although Bob had worked his entire life in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, he moved with his family, from Brooklyn to White Plains in 1974. Bob was regularly active in his communities, working with youth programs in many areas and coaching kids in baseball and bowling. Bob loved sports and was an active soft ball player for both New York City Police League and Greenburgh Men’s Leagues. As an avid bowler, he was a member of the Senior Professional Bowling Association. As the talented sportsman that he was, Bob bowled several perfect 300 games throughout his multiple decades of bowling – the sport he loved to play the most.

Bob loved music and dancing, especially with his wife, his sisters, family, and friends. He was always the life of the party. From his time in the Marine Corps, through decades of vacations with family and friends, Bob genuinely enjoyed traveling. He was excited to share to all who would listen, about the international locations that he had visited.

Bob wore many “hats”. He was “Pops” or “Dad” to his children, “Bobby” to his siblings and “Rod” or “Bob” to his friends. Bob loved life, he loved his friends and more than anything, he loved his family. Bob passed away peacefully on February 15, 2021 with family by his side and in his adopted home state of Florida.

Bob is survived by his wife Nancy Rodriguez, his children, Yolanda Rodriguez, Wanda Rodriguez, Robert Keith Rodriguez, Hector Aponte, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, godchildren, extended family, and a host of wonderful and loving friends.

Services

27 February

Gathering

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park

170 Honore Ave
Sarasota, FL 34232

27 February

Funeral Service

12:00 pm

Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park

170 Honore Ave
Sarasota, FL 34232

27 February

Graveside

1:00 pm

Palms Memorial Park

170 Honore Ave
Sarasota, FL 34232

27 February

Reception

1:30 pm

Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park

170 Honore Ave
Sarasota, FL 34232

Memories

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William Cerdas

February 25, 2021

Bob truly was one of the good ones,,
we were proud to have him as a friend
we will miss him
Bill and Irene

John Kennedy

February 22, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the family . GOD bless 🙏🏻

Judy Cohen

February 21, 2021

Sorry for your lost.

Judy & Diane Cohen

Edith Bellizaire

February 21, 2021

Robert , Aunt Nancy and Family we send you love from Houston, Tx. We will continuing to pray for you during these times.

My fondest memory is a trip my parents and I took to Las Vegas the summer of 2003 or 2004. I can’t remember the year. But Uncle Bob and Aunt Nancy were in Las Vegas as well. I remember meeting up and sharing some special moments during that trip.

Rest well Uncle Bob. Job well done.

Edith, Paul, Brad and Paige Bellizaire

Harveyette I Natson

February 20, 2021

Dearest Aunt Nancy and Robert, Bob was such a wonderful person. Fun loving and generous. Our hearts are broken due to your loss. May the many warm memories of your lives together bring a smile to your lips and help to replace some of the tears.
Our love and prayers are with you at this time.
Russell, Harveyette, Ngai and Anika Natson.

Stan and Judy Messinger

February 19, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time in your lives.

Nicolette Owens

February 19, 2021

Praying for all as we celebrate Uncle Bobs life. Please accept our condolences. We love you all!

Linda Dyson

February 19, 2021

Our hearts are in solidarity and sadness with you, Aunt Nancy and Rob. Words are inadequate to express the importance of your family in our lives. We love you! Hugs, The Dysons

Claudia L. Wright

February 18, 2021

The handsome and kind gentle man was my uncle. He will be remembered for being a dedicated husband to my aunt and loving father to my cousin . We were all blessed! 🙏🏼❤️

Sonja M Johnson

February 17, 2021

To Nancy and Robert, my deepest sympathy. Uncle Bob was truly a good man and a great uncle. He always enjoyed dancing. He enjoyed life. Family reunions come to mind. I will miss him dearly. SIP Uncle from your labor. God be with you 'til we meet again. Your niece Sonja.

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