We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Williams Funeral Home, Inc.
Gonzalo Rodriguez passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 71 years of age. He was born on July 23rd, 1950, in Oriente, Cuba. He migrated with his mother, father, and brothers to the United States at 10 years old. The second of five brothers, he grew up in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
A sharp entrepreneur, Gonzalo started multiple businesses ranging from manufacturing to transportation. He was driven, determined, and dedicated, which helped him succeed professionally.
Gonzalo was kind, funny, curious, and affable. He was a pizza lover and master pancake maker. He was loved by his family and friends. He was dear to his neighbors for his compassion and admired by his acquaintances for his happy, personable, and approachable demeanor.
As the Pastor of Riverdale Community Church, he was a spiritual leader, father, friend and mentor for his flock and anyone who needed it. Gonzalo’s magnetic personality and generosity of spirit will make him hard to forget. He will be missed.
Gonzalo is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Ana Rodriguez; his children Cristina and husband Stephen McCarthy, Pamela Rodriguez Evans and husband Joshua Evans, and Gonzalo Quintana; his stepchildren Raquel Martinez and partner John Fernandez, Josue Martinez and wife Ilona Steele, Carolyn Martinez and husband Wilfredo Soriano; his grandchildren Matthew Martinez, Chloe McCarthy, Isabel Martinez, Judah McCarthy, and Miles Martinez. He was predeceased by his father Lorenzo in 1982, and his mother Raquel in 2019.
He will be dearly missed by his brothers Lorenzo, Roberto, Gustavo and Carlos Rodríguez and his extended family and friends.
A funeral service is planned for Friday, June 3rd, 2022, at Williams funeral Home, 5628 Broadway between W. 232nd & W. 233rd Streets. His burial will be on Saturday June 4th at Hackensack Cemetery (meeting point: Williams funeral home to depart at 9 am).
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