News Death Notice
CORDERO, Roque Jacinto Panamanian Composer, age 91, passed away Saturday, December 27, 2008 after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Panama City, Panama of August 16, 1917 and was a resident of Dayton for the last 8 years. He came to the United States to study musical composition in 1943, soon after which he met his wife Betty. They were married in 1947 and recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Roque received his honorary Ph.D. from Hamline Univ ersity and was a professor Emeritus at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois where he taught for 28 years. He was preceded in death by his parents Pablo and Maria, his sisters Natividad "Nati" and Mercedes "Chede", his brother Pabla and his son Ricardo. He is survived by his wife Betty, his two sons Dimitri "D.J." (Trudy) and Rogelio (Consuelo), Ricardos wife Kathy, and his nine grandchildren Nic (Molly), Arel, Diana, Cristy, Gina (Karim), Becky, Ro-el, Teresa and Tori. Two days before his passing he met his first great-grandchild Laina Jane Cordero. Roques legacy will be one of great family and great music. His spirt, laughter, and knowing smile will always carry on in the music he leaves behind and in the hearts of his family. The family will receive friends Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home & Crematory 5555 Philadelphia Dr. at N. Main St. On-line condolences for the family may be sent to www.bakerhazelsnider.com
Published by Dayton Daily News from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2008.