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William E. Donnelly
William E. Donnelly, 87, of 19 Owen Drive, Stonington, died Thursday morning 27 April 200 at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London.
Born in New Milford CT, on 18 August 1912, he was the son of William and Margaret Sullivan Donnelly. He married the former Anne McCahill in Milford on 18 October 1947 and they moved to Stonington in 1948, where Donnelly became the machine shop foreman at the Kellems plant in Williams Street. The plant moved to Lord's Hill in 1957 and Donnelly became plant superintendent until his retirement in 1977.
Mr Donnelly was a member of the Groton Lodge of Elks, the Pawcatuck Lions Club, the Stonington Ambulance Corps and the Stonington Little League. He attended St Mary Chruch.
In addition to his wife, Donnelly is survived by three sons, William C. Donnelly of Warwick RI, Paul E. Donnelly of Stonington and James Donnelly of San Diego CA; two daughters, Mary Anne Couris of Littleton CO and Elaine Buck of Orlando FL; and 10 grandchildren. A funeral mass was held at St Mary Church on Saturday 29 April at 10 am and burial took place in Stonington Cemetery.
Contributions in Mr Donnelly's memory may be made to the Stonington
Ambulance Corps, PO Box 414, Stonington CT 06378.
David John Raffo
David John Raffo, 41, of 9 Marlin Avenue, Stonington, died early Saturday morning 8 April 2000 of cardiac arrest at the Westerly Hospital.
Born in Westerly on 26 May 1958, the son of Rose (Vincent) Raffo and the late Donald D. Raffo, David Raffo was a graduate of St Bernard High School in 1976.
A one-time commercial fisherman on New Bedford MA and Stonington fishing vessels, Raffo worked most recently for the State of Connecticut Rehabilitation Services. He was a communicant of St Mary Church in Stonington and a member of both the Stonington Fisherman's Association and the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society. He was also a dedicated sports fisherman.
Mr Raffo was married to the former Cindy Klewin, who survives him. He is also survived by his mother, Rose, of Stonington; his paternal grandmother Alba (Molin) Raffo of Watch Hill RI; two daughters, Annie Jayne Raffo and Krista Maria Raffo; a stepdaughter Katie Arruda of Stonington; one brother Donald V. Raffo of Stonington; one sister Jayne E. Raffo of Cambridge MA; and two nephews Luke and Peter Raffo of Stonington.
The funeral mass will be held at St Mary Church, Stonington Borough, on Wednesday 12 April 2000 at 10 am. Contributions in David Ruffo's memory may be made to the David Ruffo Memorial Fund, c/o Washington Trust Co., PO Box 512, Westerly RI 02891.
Mary Pellegrini Antognoli, 88, of 133 Cove Road, died Sunday at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich where she had been a patient for the past week.
The daughter of Augustus and Leticia Balestrini Pellegrini, Mrs Antognoli was born on 1 August, 1911, in Fano, Italy. She married Frank W. Antognoli in 1929 in St. Joseph Church in New London. He died on March 17, 1972.
Mrs Antognoli had worked at the former Brainard-Armstrong Textile Mill in New London and later at Sonoco Products in Mystic and the Arwood Co. in Groton from which she retired in 1971. She was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Stonington and is survived by a daughter, Patricia Rendeiro, of Stonington; a son, Gerard Antognoli, of Voluntown; a sister, Vayla Howlett, of Corona Del Mar, Calif.; and two grandchildren. She was predeceased by one grandson; a brother, Leo Pellegrini; and a sister, Theresa Bacchiocchi.
The funeral Mass will take place at 10 am Wednesday in St Mary Church, Stonington. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut, P.O. Box 264, Waterford, CT 06385, or the Voluntown Baptist Church, Voluntown.
Richard Lombard Ahearn
Richard Lombard Ahearn, 75, of Farmholme Road, Stonington, died on Wednesday 2 August 2000 at Yale-New Haven Hospital from complications following surgery. Born in New York City on 20 May 1925, Ahearn grew up in White Plains NY, where he went to Irving Prep and White Plains High School. After a brief stay at Columbia University, he went to work for Pan American Airways at LaGuardia Airport in New York, where he worked on flying boats for the company. In 1950, following the death of his father, he became a manager for Seaboard Weatherproofing Co, which his father had founded in 1944. In 1951 he married Rita A. Young, of White Plains, and they moved to New Canaan CT, where they had five children. Ahearn was active in the community and served as president of the Exchange Club. He continued with Seaboard until he founded, with partner Jed Holtzman, Ahearn & Holtzman, of which he was president until 1984, when he became chairman. He retired in 1992.
Ahearn purchased the Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan with a friend in 1968 and sold it in 1992. He moved to Stonington where he especially enjoyed working on his 27-acre farm and woodworking with his grandson. He loved golf and was a charter member of the Stonington Golf Club. He also was a skilled sailor and was a long-time member of the Watch Hill Yacht Club.
Ahearn is survived by his wife of 49 years, Rita; sons Dick and Michael of Ridgefield CT; and Scott of Stonington CT; daughters Rita Lynn Keenan of Austin TX; and Tara Moore of Pawcatuck CT; and 12 grandchildren.
A funeral mass was held at St Michael's Church, Pawcatuck, on Friday
4 August 2000. Donations in Mr Ahearn's memory may be made to The Stonington
Free Library, 20 High Street, Stonington CT 06378 or to St Michael School,
63 Liberty Street, Pawcatuck CT 06379.
Eunice Morton Lima, 71, of 4 Denison Avenue, Stonington, died on Thursday 22 June 2000 at the Mystic Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, where she had been a patient.
Mrs Lima had lived in Stonington for many years and had worked as a weaver for the American Velvet Co. in Stonington, from which she retired.
She is survived by a son, Arthur C. Lima, Jr, of Stonington and eight
sisters, Molloy Cantrell of Avon Park (FL); Thelma Venvick of Erie (PA);
Irene Humphrey of Swansboro (NC); Betty Salter of Newport (NC); Laura Cannon
of Kingston (SC); Sadie Bott of Rochester (NY); and Annie Mitchell. She
was predeceased by a brother, David S. Morton.
Rose S. Moniz Ayotte, 83, of 107 Brookside Lane, Pawcatuck, died on 12 June 2000 at home following a brief illness. Born in Stonington on 17 November 1917, the daughter of John and Mary Angel Moniz, she attended local Stonington schools. Mrs Ayotte worked as a reeler at the American Velvet Company for 25 years before retiring. She was considered the most accomplished reeler in the company and served as a trainer for those learning how to reel.
Mrs Ayotte is survived by three daughters, Patricia Robinson of Westerly,
Judith Lundy of Westland MI, and Marie Hyatt of Gales Ferry; a brother
Manuel Moniz of Mystic; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a brother and six sisters. The memorial mass was
celebrated at St Mary Church, Stonington, and memorial gifts may be made
to the Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut, POBox 902, Uncasville CT.
Howard Eaton, Jr
Howard Eaton, Jr, 70, of 1346 Pequot Trail, died on Wednesday 7 June of a heart attack at Westerly Hospital. Born in New York City on 1 October 1929, Eaton is survived by his wife Elena Bosworth Eaton.
Mr Eaton graduated in 1951 from Yale University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and literature. In 1996, he received master's degrees in psychology and science and a doctorate in philosophy from Yale.
In a long advertising career, Eaton served as media director and director of broadcasting for the Lever Brothers Co, vice-president and programming director for Grey Advertising, and senior vice-president and director of broadcasting for Ogilvy & Mather. He was responsible for broadcasting the Tony theatre awards and the UNICEF program on television.
Mr Eaton also enjoyed a career in the academic world and from 1979 to 1984 he was an instructor of the undergraduate seminar program at Yale, and at Trinity College in Hartford CT from 1984 to 1987. He was a teaching fellow at Yale from 1989 to 1991 and received the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher award from Yale in 1991. Eaton was a research fellow at Yale's Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Ethnic Conflict.
Eaton published numerous articles on advertising and was a nationally recognized speaker for television industry conferences. He served as chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, the Association of National Advertisers and the Yale University Communications Board. Eaton was also program chairman for the International Radion and Television Society.
Eaton was a consultant to the Gallup Organization, the Public Television Advertising Experiment and the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford. He also was a member of the original Stonington Charter Commission and the Stonington Conservation Commission.
In addition to his wife, Eaton is survived by a daughter, Brooke Bosworth Eaton, of Los Angeles. A memorial service was held at St Mary Church, Stonington Borough. Memorial donations may be made in Mr Eaton's name to Yale University School of Psychology, 2 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven CT 06250.
Muriel Miner Wheeler, 94, of Al Harvey Road, died Wednesday 4 October 2000 at home after a long illness.
Mrs Wheeler worked as a registered nurse at the Westerly Hospital. She also helped her husband with the management of White Oak Farm in Stonington, a 200-acre farm that had been in the family since the 1700s, where Mrs Wheeler devoted herself to gardening.
She is survived by a daughter, Diana Cheetham of North Dartmouth MA; a brother, Alfred Miner of Pawcatuck; and a sister Lucy Mills of Garden City, RI. A graveside service was conducted at Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic, on Saturday 7 October 2000.
Donations in Mrs Wheeler's memory may be made to the Visiting Nurses
Association of Southeastern Connecticut, PO Box 264, Waterford CT 06385.
Mary Costa Sylvia
Mary Costa Sylvia, 96, formerly of Pawcatuck, died on Monday 2 October 2000 at Kimberly Hall, Windsor CT.
The daughter of Frank and Charlotte Costa, Mrs Sylvia was born on 11 June 1904 on the island of St Michael (Sao Miguel), Azores, Portugal. She was the widow of August Sylvia.
A communicant of St Mary Church, Stonington, Mrs Sylvia was a member of the Ladies of Fatima, the Daughters of Isabella, and an auxiliary member of the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society.
Mrs Sylvia is survived by two daughters, Theresa Bell of Poway CA and Elizabeth Hurtado of Windsor CT; a sister Virginia Ponte of Stonington; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. A funeral mass was celebrated at St Mary Church on Friday 6 October 2000 and burial took place in St Mary Cemetery.
Lucy Lopes Rita, 77, of 10 Trumbull Street, Stonington Borough, died Tuesday 26 September 2000, at Watch Hill Nursing Home in Westerly RI.
Born on Ash Street in Stonington Borough on 10 October 1922, she was the daughter of John P. and Leopoldina DeAndre Lopes. Mrs Rita attended local schools. On 7 April 1945 she married John C. Rita in Stonington. He died on 28 April 1985.
Mrs Rita worked at the George C. Moore Company in Westerly. She was a communicant of St Mary Church, Stonington.
Mrs Rita is survived by a son, John C. Rita of Pawcatuck; two daughters Mary Robinson and Cindy Berg, both of Pawcatuck; a sister, Alvida Anderson of Stonington; and eight grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sisters, Amelia Santos and Mary G. Lopes.
A funeral mass was celebrated at St Mary Church on Friday 29 September 2000 and burial took place in Stonington Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Mrs Rita's name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 31160, Hartford CT 06150-1160 or to the Watch Hill Manor, Watch Hill Road, Westerly RI 02891.
Capel D. Reid
Capel D. Reid, 92, of 3 Chesebro Lane, died on 23 September 2000 at Mariner Health Care at Pendleton in Mystic CT.
In World War II Mr Reid served in the US Army 29th Division in France under General Omar Bradley and received the Bronze Star. He worked for over 50 years at the American Velvet Mill, retiring in 1977 as foreman of the weave department.
Mr Reid was a member of Calvary Church and had been senior warden there. He is survived by two nieces, Gloria Fidrych of Stonington and Althea Kneeland of Boylston MA; and two nephews, Robert Barnard of Douglasville GA and William Reid of Leominster MA.
Mr Reid was predeceased by his son, William Reid.
The funeral will be held at 11 am at Mystic Funeral Home and burial
will be in Stonington Cemetary. Memorial contributions may be made to the
charity of the donor's choice.
Stephen A. Saunders
Stephen A. Saunders, 69, of Pequot Trail, Stonington, and formerly of Wethersfield, died on 16 September 2000 at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, where he had been hospitalized for the past month.
Born in Westerly, RI, on 16 June 1931, Mr Saunders was the son of Clarence and Virginia Burrows Saunders. He was a graduate of the Rhode Island Institute of Technology and served in the US Army in the Korean War.
On 5 September 1955 Mr. Saunders married Mildred Saretzki in Ashaway RI. Mrs Saunders survives her husband.
Mr Saunders was an employee of the Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford for 35 years. He retired in 1983. He was a member of the Apache Junction (Arizona) Elks Lodge 2349, the Silas Dean Lodge 147 AF&AM of East Hartford, the Hugo Simonelli Post Veterans of Foreign Wars in Mystic and the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society in Stonington.
In addition to his wife, Mr Saunders is survived by a son, Keith, of Wethersfield, a daughter Karen Telesca of Rocky Hill and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Kenyon.
Contributions in Mr Saunders' memory may be made to the charity of the
Noyes W. Heath
A lifelong resident of the Stonington area, Heath attended local schools and married Dorothy Hubbard on 25 January 1947 in St Mary Church, Stonington. Heath served in the US Navy in World War II in Asia and the Philippines. He worked as a maintenance supervisor for many years for the Stonington Public Schools.
Mr Heath was a member of St Mary Church, Stonington, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the Westerly Benevolent Order of Elks and the Pawcatuck Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also served as an officer in the Wequetequock Fire Department and was a past member of the Town of Stonington Recreation Committee.
In addition to his wife, Mr Heath is survived by a son, Stephen, of West Hartford; a daughter, Pamela Heath-Johnston, of Glastonbury CT; a sister, Marcia McShane of Roanoke VA; and four grandchildren.
A funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday 5 September at St Mary Church,
Stonington, and contributions in Mr Heath's memory may be made to the American
Heart Association, PO Box 5022, Wallingford CT 06492.
Theodosia "Teddy" Lesniewski, 77, of 12 Bradley Street, died on Wednesday 30 August 2000 at her house. The daughter of Alexander and Albina Kruzyk Lesniewski, she was born in Norwich CT on 3 March 1923.
Ms Lesniewski lived in Stonington for most of her life. She graduated from Stonington High School in 1941 and worked for the Bostitch Division of Textron for 42 years. She retired in 1988.
She was a communicant of St Mary Church, Stonington, and a member of the Westerly Senior Center.
Ms Lesniewski is survived by two sisters, Millie Anderson of Green Valley AZ and Celia McGivern of Stonington. She was predeceased by two brothers, Peter and Alex Lesniewski; and two sisters, Stasia Livingstone and Albina Sargent.
A funeral mass was celebrated at 12 noon at St Mary Church on Saturday
2 September 2000.
Francis "Frankie" M. Keane
Francis "Frankie" M. Keane, 90, of 107 Water Street, Stonington, died of cardiac complications on Wednesday 23 August 2000 at Westerly Hospital, where he had been admitted Sunday.
Mr Keane was born in Westerly, Rhode Island, on 1 June 1910, the son of Michael and Francis Tanner Keane. He moved to Stonington when he was 2 years old and attended Stonington schools. He graduated from Stonington High School. For 52 years he operated Keane's New Office at 133 Water Street, Stonington.
Mr Kean was a member of St Mary Church. He had served on the Stonington Democratic Town Committee, the board of the Salvation Army, and the Town Draft Board. He was a member of the Stonington Players and the Friendly Sons of St Patrick of Westerly-Pawcatuck. He was a constable for the Town of Stonington at the time of his death.
Keane is survived by four nephews, Carl H. Johnson of Pawcatuck; Michael Johnson of Westerly RI; John Johnson of Raleigh NC; and Patrick Johnson of Newport RI; and three nieces, Rhandi Whewell of South Carolina; and Kerry Edwards and Margaret Souto, both of North Carolina. A sister, Margaret Johnson, predeceased him.
A memorial mass will be held at St Mary's Church in Stonington at 10 am on Saturday 2 September. Private burial will take place in St Michael Cemetery in Pawcatuck.
Contributions in Mr Keane's memory may be made to the Stonington Ambulance
Corps, PO Box 424, Stonington CT 06378 or to the Visiting Nurse Association
of Southeastern Connecticut, PO Box 262, Waterford CT 06385.
Roy Lyman Cole, 94, of 41 Main Street, Stonington, died Monday 21 August 2000 at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London after a lengthy illness.
Born on 20 February 1906 in New London, Cole was the son of William and Henrietta Weeks Cole. Attending local schools, he married Emily Robinson on 20 November 1937 in Stonington. She died in December 1986.
Cole joined the Connecticut National Guard in 1931, serving with the 43rd Division and saw active duty during World War II and the Korean War. He retired in 1966 as a sergeant major.
Mr Cole was employed with the George H. Robinson Real Estate and Insurance Agency, Water Street, Stonington, for 40 years, retiring in 1966.
He was on the board of governors of the Stonington Community Center and served as a fire warden, justice of the peace, tax assessor, and member of the police reserves in Stonington. He was a member of the Pioneer Hook & Ladder Co. of the borough fire department and a charter member of the Wequetequock Fire Department. He was treasurer of the Stonington Visiting Nurses Association for many years, and was past president of the Stonington Cemetery Association. A member of the Asylum Masonic Lodge in Stonington, Mr Cole served as master of the lodge in 1945, secretary in 1946, and treasurer for more than 30 years. He served as district deputy of the 8th Masonic district, incorporator of the Masonic Temple Corp., and was a member of the Connecticut Consistory Valley of Norwich. He was a member of the Ruth Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.
Mr Cole received the Pierpont Edward Medal in Bronze for distinguished Masonic service.
He was also a member of the American Legion Post in Stonington, where he was a past commander; a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Pawcatuck; and a charter member of the Portugese Holy Ghost Society, where he served as treasurer for 30 years. Cole was a life member of the Social Society of Froshinn in Mystic.
In a brief acting career, Mr Cole played the grandfather of the bride in the popular movie “Mystic Pizza.”
He is survived by two daughters, Anne Cole Wozniak of Stonington and Sharon Cole Roth of San Antonio, Texas; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Lindsay Brooke Comeau; and by three brothers, Arthur, Bernard and Henry Cole.
The funeral was celebrated at Calvary Church. Burial with full military
honors took place in Stonington Cemetery.
Birgitta Greiffe Baum
Donations in Mrs Baum's memory may be made to The American Cancer Society.
Kevin George Rogers
Mr Rogers graduated in 1965 from the United States Military Academy in Annapolis MD. That same year, on 18 December, he married Susan Burns in West Haven.
Mr Rogers' naval career was spent in the Submarine Service. He served aboard the USS Entemador, the USS Sea Devil, the USS James Polk and the USS Alexander Hamilton. He was commanding officer of the USS Greenling.
Mr Rogers was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Medal with Bronze Star and the Sea Service ribbon.
After his command, Mr Rogers went to the Naval War College in Newport RI and earned a master's degree in international relations at Salve Regina College in Newport. He spent his post-command years at NISC, Suitland MD and at the Pentagon. After retiring from the Navy, he worked at Foxwoods Casino as a Poker Room Shift Manager.
A member of St Thomas More Church in North Stonington, Mr Rogers was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a past member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Connecticut Chapter of the Alumni Association. He was also a charter member of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Stacey Rogers, of San Francisco and Boston; a son, Kevin Patrick Rogers, of Stonington; and a sister, Sheila Dean, of Milford CT.
The funeral is scheduled for 9 am on Tuesday 27 February 2001 at the Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1, Mystic CT, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 am at St Thomas More Church, 87 Mystic Road, North Stonington.
Donations in Mr Rogers' memory may be made to the WARM Shelter, Inc., 56 Spruce Street, Westerly RI 02891.
He was the head waiter at Boom Restaurant in Stonington Borough.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Jean Helms of Oak Island NC.
Donations in Mr Winnicki's memory may be made to Hospice Care of Rhode
Island, 143 Main St, Wakefield RI 02879.
Frederick Francis Kennedy
Frederick Francis Kennedy, 61, of Washington DC and North Main Street, Stonington, died at home on 9 January 2001. Mr Kennedy was born on 21 August 1939 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of Eva and Eugene Kennedy.
Mr Kennedy received 1961 a bachelor of science degree from the University of San Francisco and earned an MBA from the University of Hawaii in 1971. Mr Kennedy served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1969.
Mr Kennedy previously worked as a consultant for commercial and residential real estate developers in northern Virginia, Florida and New Jersey and more recently was involved in corporate security consulting. He was a director of corporate marketing for ISS, Inc of Silver Spring MD.
Mr Kennedy was married to Jane H. Simmons, who survives him, and was a member of the Wadawanuck Club in Stonington. He is also survived by three children, Tara L. Kennedy and Eric I. K. Kennedy of Washington DC; Lisa M. Kennedy of New York NY; a brother and four sisters, all of Hawaii.
A memorial service for Mr Kennedy will be held on Saturday 17 February 2001 at 11 am at Calvary Episcopal Church in Stonington. Donations in Mr Kennedy's memory may be made to the Stonington Community Center, PO Box 286, Stonington CT 06378-0286.
Mae Alice Clark Lasbury
Mae Alice Clark Lasbury, 77, of Orchard Street, Stonington, died in the evening of Saturday 20 January 2001 after a long illness. The daughter of Asa B. and Jennie Gaylor Clark, she was born on Northwest Street on 17 March 1923 in the Borough where she spent her entire life.
Mrs Lasbury worked as a secretary at the former Atwood Machine Company in Stonington for many years and later for her husband's business, Stonington Industrial Metal Products. In later years she was the owner and innkeeper of Lasbury's Guest House in Orchard Street, which she shared with her home and with her daughter Jayne Lasbury and her granddaughter Sara McLaughlin.
In addition to her daughter and granddaughter, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Drake and Barbara Lasbury; a granddaughter Wendy Lasbury; and two great-grandsons, Kyle and Adam Smith, all of Pawcatuck CT. She was predeceased by a brother, Walter F. Clark, in 1945.
Contributions in Mrs Lasbury's memory may be made to Hospice of Southeast Connecticut, P O Box 902, Uncasville CT 06382-0902.
Candida Donadio, 71, of Main Street, Stonington Borough, died on Saturday 20 January 2001.
Born in Brooklyn NY, she was the daughter of Louis T. and Vincenza Maggiore Donadio. Ms Donadio attended Brooklyn College and opened a literary agency with the assistance of Bennet Cerf, the former head of Random House. She was twice married but lived alone in the Borough since the early 1970s. Ms Donadio represented at some point in her career Joseph Heller, Peter Matthiessen, Philip Roth, Mario Puzo, Nelson Algren, Studs Terkel, Thomas Pynchon, Michael Herr and Robert Stone. She divided her time between Stonington and Manhattan.
Ms Donadio is survived by a brother Louis S. Donadio of Tehachapi CA and a sister Frances Sillani of Florence, Italy.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St Mary Church, Stonington,
on Friday 26 January 2001.
Chad Rodriguez, 23, of Taugwonk Road, died on Tuesday 16 January 2001 in Stonington.
Mr Rodriguez was born on 22 October 1977 in Norwich and was the son of Victoria L. Swan Martin of Wynantkill NY and Ramon Rodriguez Sr of Conyers GA, who survive him. Mr Rodriguez graduated from Windsor High School in 1995 and was a member of the Army Reserve in Windsor. He worked as a manager at Auto Zone in Westerly RI.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Adrian Rodriguez of Dorchester MA and Ramon Rodriguez Jr of Westerly RI.
The funeral was held at Byles Memorial Home in New London on Saturday 20 January 2001.