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Peter Cruz Rodriguez


1922 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Peter Cruz Rodriguez Obituary
Peter Cruz Rodriguez

February 8, 1922 - February 4, 2018

Peter passed away peacefully on February 4, 2018, four days shy of his 96th birthday. He was born in Pleasanton, Texas to Seferina De La Cruz (nee Rodriguez) and Pedro De La Cruz. Peter later called San Francisco his home for over 70 years.

He moved to San Francisco to join his first wife Natalie Rodriguez (nee Potapshyn) where they had a loving daughter. They later divorced and he became happily married to Dolores Rodriguez (nee Scanlan) for over 40 years, until her passing, where his family expanded with four stepchildren.

Peter is survived by daughter Elena Maria Simonian (nee Rodriguez), son-in-law Gary Simonian, granddaughter Nicole Magaddino (Peter), and great grandson Nico all who loved and were deeply devoted to him.

Peter had two loving sisters, Connie Garcia of Houston, Texas and Felicita Acevedo (Alberto) of San Antonio, Texas; both who have predeceased him. He is survived by numerous adoring nieces and nephews and their families.

He is also survived by his step family: Michael (Allison) Scanlan, Brendan (Diana) Scanlan, Ellen Scanlan and Martin (Sheila) Scanlan; Michelle (Robert) Caliendo, Michael (Nicole) Scanlan, Bridget (Cameron) Basanez, Patrice (Matthew) Heath, Jennifer (James) Fialk, Amanda Scanlan, Mathew Sever and 10 step great grandchildren with another one on the way.

Peter joined the US Marine Corp and was stationed in the Pacific during WWII. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal. Upon his return stateside he attended USF, played football for the Dons, and graduated Class of 1950. Peter later became a devoted USF Men's Basketball season ticket holder rooting on the Green and Gold.

He retired as a supervisor in the SF Juvenile Probation Dept. and later was appointed to the SF Juvenile Probation Commission by then Mayor Frank Jordan.

Peter was an ardent sports player and fan. In fact, while growing up in Victoria, Texas he attended St. Joseph Academy on a football scholarship and went on to win the Texas State Championship. Peter was an avid golfer who won several tournaments competing in Northern California. He was also a long-time 49er season ticket holder. He was a former longtime member of the French Athletic Club, the Mexican American Golf Assn, the SF Jr Chamber of Commerce, and the Sharp Park Men's Club to name a few.

Peter lived a wonderful life and his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and travelling.

The family thanks Julie, Fernando, Rufina, Flor, and Blanca for their loving care.

A viewing will take place at McAvoy O'Hara Evergreen Mortuary (Geary Blvd at 10th Ave., San Francisco) on Sunday, February 11, starting at 6:30 pm, followed by a 7:30pm Rosary.

A Catholic Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 12, at 11am, St. Gabriel Church, 2559 40th Ave., San Francisco. Private burial will follow on a later date at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.

Donations may be made in his name to the San Francisco VA Medical Center, Volunteer Services, "Vision Impaired Support Program"


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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 9, 2018
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