Roque Jacinto Cordero
Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home
5555 Philadelphia Drive
Dayton, OH

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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
Published by Dayton Daily News from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2008.
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I was saddened to learn of Roque's passing. I had the privilege of studying with him for a few years at Illinois State University and he and his teaching have had a lasting influence on me. My condolences and prayers for his family.
Tom Townsend
January 13, 2009
Dear Cordero Family,

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Roque's legacy lives on in your wonderful family and his beautiful music. His fuits are truly bountiful. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

May Roque's soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in His eternal Peace.

In Christ,
Will Thomas
January 5, 2009
Priscilla Filos
Priscilla Filos
January 3, 2009
To the Cordero family
He was a great man whom I loved and admired when he headed the Panama Conservatory of Music.l What a talent! His memory will be cherished forever. I did one of the first interviews with Roque when I was a reporter for The Panama American and have followed his illustrious career ever since. My daughter, a modern dancer has been in contact with him over the year and has joyously used many of his musical compositions in dances she has choreographed.
May you cherish the memories and have no more sorrow.
with great sadness,
Hindi Diamond (Ms.)
Hindi Diamond
December 29, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
The Staff of Cardiology Specialists of Dayton
Jill Hall
December 29, 2008
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Linda Diamond
December 29, 2008
To the Cordero Family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and condolence on the loss of your loved one. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish his memory and the many fruitful years that you shared together. May he rest in peace.
Your "Catalpa Woods" neighbors.
Curtis and Beverly Bailey
December 28, 2008
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