Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words
and missed beyond measure.
  • 88 years old
  • Born on August 30, 1930 .
  • Passed away on March 1, 2019 in Coto De Caza, California, United States.

This memorial is dedicated to the loving memory of Ramon Francis Rodriguez, who joined the Angels peacefully on March 1, 2019, surrounded by family.

Help us to remember Ramon by sharing
 your memories, photos and videos on this memorial. 

A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, March 24, 2019.  Details to follow. 

His family deeply appreciates the loving care and friendship shown toward our dear Ramon throughout his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates expression of sympathy through memorial donations made in Ramon’s name to the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD, Inc.) or Deaf West Theater

Cindy, Ally and Nick

Posted by Pattie Kelleher on 22nd March 2019
Boy will we will we all miss dear Ramon! I can't remember the first time I met him - but I loved him the first minute! He was always a light in the room and full of smiles and joy! Me and my kids became his extended family and always felt his love when we would drop by! I always envied Cindy having such a present, loving father - in her life daily! His presence brought a sense of a complete family - full of love and support! We celebrated many family milestones with him present. But, the best part was his "STRONG" margaritas!!! And his cooking! Wow! What a gift when he came to live in California! His aging seemed to happen so quickly.... One day he was taking care of the Waddell house, the next he was in bed... Way too fast and way too spiritually young to be heading towards Heaven. Ramon, keep smiling and we will all see you again for more Margi's, love and kisses from you in Heaven! XOXO your Daughter#2, Pattie + Ryan, Jack and Addie Kelleher
Posted by Gerry Wilkins on 22nd March 2019
Ramon was one of the most beautiful people I have ever met. His never ending smile and positive outlook cast light on all those in his presence. He exuded grace, kindness and warmth with every word, gesture and smile. I loved hanging out with him talking golf and baseball. An absolute gem of a man who will be sorely missed. Thankfully his spirit lives on in his wonderful daughter and granddaughter. Farewell my fine friend. I loved you and will miss you greatly.
Posted by Carl Jensema on 20th March 2019
I first met Ramon in 1973 at Gallaudet and have kept in touch since then. He was always up-beat and friendly. A really nice guy. He will be missed.
Posted by Karen OMalley on 19th March 2019
Cindy threw a huge 60th birthday party for Nick last year, however, Ramon absolutely shared the spotlight that evening as he chatted with guests and enjoyed mingling with all of us. This was one of the many events throughout our years of friendship, that Matt and I were fortunate enough to enjoy time with Ramon and to be touched by his magnetic spirit. I see so much of him in you and Ally Cindy, you carry his smile, charm, and warmth. Thanks for introducing us to him. All our love to you, and prayers for rest for Ramon.
Posted by Herbert Larson on 19th March 2019
It's so hard to put into words how great a friend Ramon was! Even though he was my "brother-in-law" (he married Caroline's older sister), he and I spent many days, months and years as true friends doing fun things like attending stage performances, playing golf, poker, checking out the restaurants and just sitting by the pool drinking scotch or wine, trying to find ways to resolve the problems of the world. I met Ramon at Gallaudet in 1951 and in all those years I've known him, I've never once seen him say anything negative about anyone. He was always positive, caring, fair, and a pleasure to be with. It's so quiet around now. On behalf of the Larson family (Caroline, Johanna, Pamela, and Reid), who have known him all those years and truly miss him, may he R.I.P. Our deepest condolences to Cindy, Ally, and Nick. Thank you for taking such good care of him.
Posted by Steve Longacre on 16th March 2019
Thank you Ramon for allowing me to be a part of the poker club! Being 'new' to the club I was just getting to know Ramon and enjoyed every bit of it. I also enjoyed his perspective and past history of deaf education. You will be missed!
Posted by J Pie on 13th March 2019
Best roommate ever. Always beaming and always a pleasure to be with. What a great life and a great light. Wonderful tribute site . Love you guys, Peace Jimbo
Posted by Scott Kramer on 10th March 2019
Ramon always was a friendly and generous poker player. He had a tendency of throwing his chips into the pot. We missed him.
Posted by Gregory Lynch on 10th March 2019
I remember attending many parties at the Wadell’s home and Ramon always participated in many fun conversations. Ramon was a special human being who lit up a conversation and was always smiling. Thank you Cindy and Nick for sharing Ramon with all of us. Gregory and Cheryl Lynch
Posted by Robert Davila on 9th March 2019
Ramon Francis Rodriguez I first met Ramon in September of 1949 when he arrived at Gallaudet to begin his first year and I was starting my second. I was 16 years old and he was 18 that year. We instantly became friends and began a very close friendship that was to last beyond 70 years until he passed away at 88 on March 1, 2019. The friendship that he and I shared was even closer than it generally is among family members. We shared everything and had the good fortune to work in the same organizations for many years. He was beloved by my brothers and sisters as well as my wife, Donna, who died nine months before him, and my sons and grandchildren. On top of this, we also shared a large group of common friends. I had the distinction of being the first Latino to graduate from Gallaudet in 1953 and he was the second in 1954. The fact that we were both Latinos, and there were few higher education programs serving deaf Latinos, compelled us to work with other interested colleagues to establish and manage a national organization for deaf Hispanics. Over the years, the organization, now re-named Council de Manos, has prospered and grown in its purpose and composition and continues to serve the needs and welfare of deaf and hard of hearing Latinos. Ramon and I developed the same interests in sports and played tennis once or twice weekly for almost 35 years until we switched from tennis to golf. We played golf at least once weekly. One of our life highlights was attending the Masters tournament in Georgia in 1991. For the last five years or so, Ramon nursed back injuries that were the result of a fall while we were playing golf together. Ramon and I had the good fortune to hold down faculty positions in Gallaudet's education department and pre-college programs. He was an outstanding teacher who received positive evaluation reviews from his students, colleagues and supervisors. When I was appointed to a senior position in the United States Department of Education, I arranged for his hiring to lead a unit that managed grant programs serving deaf and hard of hearing persons and which also included competitive grants to the National Theatre of the Deaf and other deaf community theatres. He received great marks from everyone throughout his government career. Over the years, especially when Ramon and I were living and working on opposite sides of the country, we would manage to find the time to get together at meetings of organizations serving the deaf, such as the NAD, TDI, DSA, etc. He had a very involved passion for service to the deaf community and attending conventions was also one of the best ways to visit with friends while serving the cause of deaf persons. One year, he and I flew to Rome, Italy to attend the Wold Games for the Deaf and spent two weeks touring the country and making new friends. I will never forget that great trip. I have lost a great friend and losing him has been very painful, but the memories that I have of our great friendship and wonderful experiences will sustain me. I consider myself blessed for having such a great friend. Robert R. Davila March 2019
Posted by Jim Seeger-Newby on 9th March 2019
I am so very sorry to learn of Ramon's passing. He was a unique and dear friend whom I admired greatly. From him I learned much. He always beat me in tennis.
Posted by Marietta Philpott on 8th March 2019
Ramon was the best! You were such a great daughter & he was so blessed to have you in his life! What a great tribute Cindy! I am so sorry! i know what it is like to lose a father! Not Easy! Can't wait to hug you. Love you Marietta

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