VICTOR MANUEL RODRIGUEZ
Today we celebrate the life, accomplishments and legacy of Victor Manuel Rodriguez. If you knew Victor you knew Dõn Vitin. If you knew Dõn Vitin you know that he would want us to be happy right now because he is finally going to see his beloved Carmen.
Victor was a leader, a gentleman, and the definition of love. Throughout the many relationships in his life, he nurtured and invested in people and that is why so many people love him today. Victor saw the good in people when the world did not. He saw the potential in people, sometimes when even they did not. He inspired us through his passion for family and his amazing ability to always lighten up a conversation or an entire room.
To truly understand “The Dõn” you would have to know where he began.
Victor was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He was the Son of Luis Rodriguez-Velez and Concepcion Pabon-Oropes. Our father was one of 13 children and has always maintained close family ties with his beloved Puerto Rico.
His most significant moment in Puerto Rico was meeting his future wife, Ms. Carmen Maysonet, better known as Doña Carmen. They met at “La Plaza” (Bayamon’s town square) under a beautiful tree. Papi was a dapper fellow and Mom was a gorgeous young lady . . . the rest is history. Their story would make for a wonderful romantic comedy, if ever penned. He adored his bride, his children and made it known that his family was his priority.
Left, to carry on his lessons and share love, are his 4 children: Victor Manuel, Luis Edgardo (Veronica), Carmen Victoria, & Tanya Marie (Junius). He leaves his 12 grandchildren: Vanessa, Victor (Tonia), Andres, Shaka, Khari (Monique), Marcia, Edgar(Mindy), Andelyn (CJ), Faith, Xzavier, Gideon, & Aaron, 8 great-grandchildren and countless people who call him Buddy, friend, Papi and Abuelo.
He once wanted to check into a hotel with his wife only to find that they were completely booked, due to a doctors’ convention. He told the check-in person that he’d made a reservation as Doctor Victor Rodriguez, please check. They checked and found a room. The convention gave all of the doctors a bag of goodies which contained raffle tickets among other things. As they passed one of the convention functions, they heard his name, winner of one of the raffles. He asked Carmen to go up to the stage to pick up the prize.
His favorite sentence was, “Did you eat?” Of his many sayings was “Vamonos que es tarde”.
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