Matias Rodriguez, 86, a Cape Coral resident for the last three years, formerly of North Bergen, N.J., and Argentina, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Fort Myers. He was born May 13, 1926, in San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina, to Clemente and Ana Rodriguez, now deceased.
He was of the Catholic faith. Not only was he an excellent provider but a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will always be remembered as the fun, caring, life of the family parties were his singing and guitar playing were always present.
His parents were born in Sorvilan, Province of Granada, in the region of Andaluca, Spain. This particular area of Spain is famous for the cheerful disposition of their citizens and that carried on in Matias.
A former Argentine Marine, and member of an elite unit C.I.O.R., in his civilian life he was a very hard worker and was employed at the French Italian Bank in Buenos Aires, and as a machinist in the USA at Duro Test in New Jersey and Patio Industries in California, until he retired at age 65. His children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends loved him and will miss his presence, but his spirit will always be with them.
He is survived by two children, Viviana A. Rodriguez and Victor H. Rodriguez, both of Cape Coral; two sisters, Lidia Lomoro and Magdalena Romero and her husband Amilcar all of Argentina; five grandchildren, Facundo Martin Rodriguez, Luciano Rodriguez, Victoria A. Rodriguez, Christian A. Rodriguez and Miguel A. Gallardo; as well as three great-grandchildren, Angie C. Rodriguez, Norma May Gallardo and Thiago Rodriguez.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma B. Rodriguez, in 1997, as well as by two sisters, Maria Pogliani and Teresa Rodriguez.
Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at Cape Coral Assembly of God, 717 Skyline Blvd., Cape Coral, with Pastor Michael Carter officiating.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book, which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.