We enjoyed knowing Ray. He will be sorely missed. He worked so hard to improve our Long Beach community. Our thoughts are with you all.
Bill and Frances Keys
Our condolences. He will be missed. Tony & Gloria Luna
I will miss Ray greatly. He made the world a better place with his acerbic wit and steadfast friendship. I hope he has reconnected with my late husband, Manny, in the afterlife and the two of them are once again enjoying a lively verbal battle of wits about politics, Long Beach and just about any other topic that caught their fancy. Ray, our lives were brighter and richer because of you. We love you.
My condolences to the family. I had loved to read his articles in the press telegram and I knew him many years.
Our sincere condolences to Elmira and the family. Ray was a terrific person who touched many. May he rest in peace. Joe & Domie Saucedo
My wife and I have fond memories of teaching with Ray at Poly. We saw him and his friend Jerry King often at social functions associated with the AFT, and we thoroughly enjoyed his Press-Telegram columns for years. Our condolences to Mrs. Rodriguez and your entire family.
Michael and Rosann Monaghan
I fondly remember Mr. Rodriguez as my 4th and 5th grade teacher at Robert E. Lee elementary in Long Beach around 1959/60. He's the only teacher I have great memories of! He would refer to me as "bone head" at times, which was perfectly acceptable in those days. A great and interesting man of many accomplishments!
Larry Blaisdell, Garden Grove, Ca
Dear Almira, Craig, Carla and family,
My most sincere sympathies to you all in your loss. I have so many fond memories of meals around your table at your Loma Avenue in the sixties. Aromas from Almira's always delicious food and Ray's jokes and laughter would fill the room as Craig, my dear, now departed, friend Debbie and I would try to figure out "the adults"! Then came Baby Carla, the light of everyone's life, to complete the family picture. The next door house held Almira's parents and next to them was Ray's mother. What lovely family values were seen there. Loyalty and love.
May Ray rest in peace and may you all remember him in sunshine.
I offer an anonymous poem I read at the funeral of each of my parents.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there...I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the swift uplifting rush of silent birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star at night.
Do not stand and my grave and cry.
I am not there...I did not die.
With love and happy memories of you all,
Greg, Mike, Bill, Katrina, Nicole and Evelyn
Sweet kisses to Almira and special thanks for all the mothering you gave me in my teen years.
The Long Beach Community has lost a great leader. I, have lost a great friend and mentor. My heartfelt condolences to the Rodriguez family..Rest in peace my friend, or knowing you well, have fun organizing up there...you have left us many warm and funny memories for us to rmemeber you :))
I met Mr. Rodriquez in 1969, my freshman year at LBCC. I was intrigued with a class called, "History of the Mexican Anerican" and was delighted to have Mr. Rodriquez as my instructor and to learn the story of what we called the "Chicano." Through fact and through his anecdotes with humor and quick wit he made the class a pleasure to attend. I, and several classmates, organized a "Mexican-American" club at the LAC campus and raised funds by selling Mexican sweet bread and hot Chocolate on the quad. Mr Rodriquez was our Faculty adviser and squealed with laughter at a sight he thought he'd never see, Anglos eating "Pan Dulce" at LBCC. Through his counsel we formed a de facto outreach program going to our former High Schools talking to the Mexican-American students about the importance of going to college. I have to believe by the twinkle in his eye and beautiful smile that he was proud of the mark we made at LBCC. I ran into Mr. Rodriquez at a local book signing, he never forgot my name, and after not seeing him for many years he asked about me, I saw the pride in his face when I told him how I was a wife, a mother, with an Engineering degree looking at completing a degree in graduate school. I told him it was in part due to what he taught me about being proud of who I was regardless of society trying to make me a victim. There are, I am sure, many former students of Mr. Rodriquez with their own success stories, but I for one am extremely proud of being his student and I will always remember Mr. Ray Rodriquez. My condolences to Almira and to his family, thank you for sharing your husband and father with all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you.