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Rod Portine

Manchester Twp - Rod Portine, 87, of Manchester Twp., got pissed off because of the way the world is going and said, "I'm out of here, I'm going to Heaven." He stopped breathing on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at home and was ready to go to Heaven and we believe he said, "I got a lot of friends I haven't seen in a while, Adios, I'm a Ghost." As a result of his adventurous youth, Rod was known as "Hot Rod" amongst his friends. Rod began his career as a New Jersey State Trooper for a hot minute, he knew it was not his passion. He became a Heavy Equipment Operating Engineer for IUOE Local 825, Springfield, NJ for many years before retiring. He loved the profession he chose. He was an inspiration to all youths that entered his life by being an example setter. He was born in Summit, New Jersey. He was a resident of Jackson, NJ for 32 years before moving to Manchester Twp. in 1996. Rod loved boating, fishing, talking with people and sharing his wisdom that he acquired throughout his life and doing anything else his wife, Theresa wanted him to do. There was so much more to his life. For those people who didn't get a chance to know him, you have missed out on meeting a one of a kind, never to be replicated again. The mold was broken and pieces of it were distributed to his offspring. He was a longtime member of the Central Jersey Rifle & Pistol Club. Rod also participated in Jesus' Harvest Time Ministries, Jackson, NJ. Rod was predeceased by 2 children, Frances and Louise Portine. Rod is survived by his loving wife of many, many years, Rev. Theresa C. Portine, Rod's daughters, Joanne Portine of Whiting, Linda Andrews of Manchester Twp, Jeanne Morris of Manchester Twp., Anne Kudlac of Butler, Rod's sons, Rick of Fayetteville, NY, Leon of Randolph, and Buddy Bado of E. Rutherford, 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Entombment will take place privately at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River, New Jersey. There will be no services at this time; however, there will be a Celebration Memorial Service of Rod's amazing life at Jesus' Harvest Time Ministries Church, 404 Freehold Road, Jackson, NJ 08527 on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Gary Sinise Foundation or Popcorn Park Zoo, Forked River, NJ. Arrangements by DeGraff Lakehurst Funeral Home, Lakehurst.




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Published in Asbury Park Press from May 23 to May 24, 2020.
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June 1, 2020
Is was a faithful prayer partner. He for many years sent out prayer requests, as long as he received them he would e-mail them out to all who was in the prayer chain. You are missed faithful prayer partner. We will meet again in the beautiful paradise you are now with Jesus Chrust. In Christ Me and Mrs John Delatush
Mrs Deborah Delatush
Friend
June 1, 2020
Uncle Rod....the Patriarch to our family. You will be missed. Some of my fondest memories were hosting family reunion retreats in some secluded wooded areas. I remember uncle rod yelling at aunt terry to stop giving me onions to eat while only 2 years old lol. He was certainly a man of few words but when he spoke we all listened because it all just made sense to us. I remember the smell of his cologne permeating in every room he walked into. And his hand shakes...for us men, you cant deny even at his older age the man could break some knuckles!! Ill leave this last comment as I say my final goodbye....at louises funeral he pulled me outside the viewing and said he was proud of me and how my life is going. I thought to myself ...what a man of character...even at his own daughters funeral he still took time to lift others up. A true character...A strong man....our forever patriarch!! Love ya uncle rod. Tell Louise I love and miss her as well!!
Jim Cocuzza
Family
June 1, 2020
There are many things I can say about my brother in law, that are truly ingrained in my mind and heart. When I was much younger, I have to admit i was a little apprehensive being around him. He always gave me the impression of being a stern disciplinarian. As I matured in life, I emulated that kind of thinking and attempted to apply it when raising my own children ...Thank you Rod. I found out, under all that "codginess" was a heart of a lion! He was the greatest of listeners, which is a rare trait in today's world of loudmouth oppinionator's. If you were looking for guidance, he was there in a heartbeat. As the years passed, we rarely got together for family functions as much as I would've liked. One incident stands out when we celebrated his 70th birthday. as we were toasting him, Odete, rather than wishing him another 70 years, blurted out 10 more years! We all laughed. After he turned 80, anytime we saw each other, he or I would jokingly say, he's on borrowed time. I'm glad to say that I have been blessed to have you in my life.... Again I say, Thank you Rod Love, Tom
Tom Cocuzza
Family
June 1, 2020
Pop, you have been an important part of my life since 1970 and since that 1st time Louise brought me home to meet you and Terry I've considered you my 2nd father. I will never forget the good times we had. I'll be thinking of you every time I'm down at the timeshare in Florida. Rest in Peace Pop, you deserve it .we love you and will miss you. Tell Louise we said hello and miss her too...
Mark Connors
May 31, 2020
So, I came to this park to reflect Uncle Rod. There is no doubt that I feel your spirit here. Heres to a life well lived! Before I go, I thought that Id share a silly but special memory that has stuck with me to this day. You will always be my freedent gum Keeper. My fondest memory was of the drawer full of freedent gum that you kept in that conversion van that you had. Ill never forget how happy you were to share that secret stash with me. Rest In Peace to a kind, nurturing and easy-going family man! This world is a better place because of you. You will be missed.
Crista Onoszko
Family
May 31, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. HE WAS A PERSON GREAT KNOWLEDGE . HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND . RIP MY GREAT FRIEND.
angelo rosas
Friend
May 30, 2020
So sorry to hear about the death of Rod. The few memories I have are at your family parties talking with him. What a wonderful man. My condolences to Jeannie and JoAnne who were always there for him and your Mom Terry. You are all in my prayers.
Sharon Wilson-Emmons
May 30, 2020
I've known Rod and his wife Terry for many years. Not really close but the few times we've talk one thing for sure from Rod you get honesty. He's always shared his wisdom and unbiased thoughts of yesterday and today. May Our Heavenly Father welcome Rod into his house. God Bless.
David Charles Dehner
Family
May 30, 2020
I have so many memories of Uncle Rod, starting from being a young girl and the comfort of his strong loving arms when he would pick me up so gently to tuck me in safe for the night. And in the morning he would hide my shoes from me and pop his teeth out at me and laugh whole heartedly enjoying himself knowing that sight used to terrify me! My all time favorite prank from Uncle Rod is when we were in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean he stopped the boat and calmly said we had to jump into shark infested waters because the boat was sinking! Uncle Rod found joy in scaring me Im glad I was able to accommodate him in finding joy in that! He was always willing to sit and talk to anyone being genuinely interested in listening and giving guidance and words of wisdom. I was raised on that wisdom and I am grateful. See you in Heaven Uncle Rod I will be looking for your warm comforting smile to greet me. Thank you for the memories You are forever loved and will live on in my heart
Darlene Cocuzza-Homely
Family
May 30, 2020
I remember Uncle Rod's smile, the way it would creep, in a good way, across his face. It was a warm & wonderful thing to see that smile blossom... may peace, blessings, warm memories, & love to the Portine family...
Michelle S Walz
Family
May 30, 2020
Hat I remember about Uncle Rod was the way his smile would creep, in a good way, across his face. There is nothing like seeing his smile blossom~ not enough time spent with my Uncle...
Michelle Walz
Family
May 28, 2020
He was "Uncle Rod" to me, even though we weren't really related. Couldn't tell though. Always so generous to us. His daughter Jeanne was my childhood buddy and Rod would take us everywhere. Out on the boat we were most dangerous. I know we gave him a lot to laugh at, and I know he's smiling now. God bless Rod.
Doug Weller
Friend
May 26, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Uncle Rod's passing. Love, hugs and comfort to Joanne and the rest of the Portine clan.
Deb Walz
Family
May 26, 2020
Just read where Rod passed . I was in grammar school with him and graduated high school the same year as he did. Sorry for your loss. I also have a photo of him in second grade, Jefferson School,Summit. Not many of us left.
Antoinette Schiller
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