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Memorial created 08-27-2007 by
Martha Rodriguez
Larry Gilbert Rodriguez
August 3 1958 - August 4 2007

Larry Gilbert Rodriguez, loving husband to Martha, wonderful father to Alexis, Ryan and Justin, son to Gilbert and Dorma Rodriguez, brother to Anthony, Sandra, Lori, Penny and Bobbie; family and friend to many, many more. Larry Gilbert Rodriguez was born on August 3, 1958 to Gilbert and Dorma Rodriguez in Los Angeles, California. He was the apple of his father's eye. He attended Breed Street school, St. Mary's and graduated from Bishop Mora Salesian High School in 1977. This is where he met me, his high school sweetheart Martha Aguirre. We dated for 4 years and married on May 24, 1980. Larry continued to work for his father's business until he began his own. We had three beautiful children; Alexis (25), Ryan (20) and Justin (17). Larry lost his beloved mother, Dorma, to lung cancer on February 28, 2004. Larry had a beautiful smile and laugh that no one will ever forget and what he will always be remembered by. Larry made friends easily and always knew how to put people at ease. His favorite subject? His 1977 - 911 Porsche. Larry felt stressed and overworked, so much responsibilities on his shoulders. He decided to take a short vacation to Cabo, Mexico. Maybe do some fishing with some fellow vendors whom he had met through work. Only two days into his vacation, he suffered a fall that ultimately caused his death. A freak accident? We'll never know. What I do know, is that we will miss you so much, you were taken from us so suddenly, without warning, our arms still outstretched waiting your return. How can life ever be the same without your beautiful smile. All we have now is the wonderful memories that we created together. So many friends and family cry for you and feel our pain. There is also so much anger. Why? It all seems so senseless. You belong here on earth with us. We miss you more and more as the days go by. My love, you will be in my heart forever. Love, Your Babe. Please sign Larry's guest book and let us know you came to visit. The family will be grateful to know you visited.


You were in my life for 31 years. The first time I set eyes on your beautiful face I was only 16 years old, you were 17. We knew we would marry and although there were bumps on our long road together; love is what kept us together. I see you through our children. They will hold you close to their hearts forever and remember all the good times with friends and our wonderful family.


No time to say goodbye If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk right up to heaven and bring you home again. No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it and only God knows why. My heart still aches in sadness and secret tears still flow. What it means to lose you, no one will ever know.


Larry insisted on having a birthday party for our youngest, Justin, this past July. Justin didn't want a party and I wasn't crazy about doing all the work. Larry insisted that we have a party and he would do all the work. He did all the shopping, the cleaning and the cooking for the party. We were all so grateful that he insisted on this party. We had a great time with our family and friends and this would be the last time that some of our friends would see Larry. This picture speaks volumes. How Larry loved his family.


YOU ARE STILL HERE At the finest level of my being, you're still with me. We still look at each other, at that level beyond sight. We talk and laugh with each other, in a place beyond words. We still touch each other, on a level beyond touch. We share time together in a place, where time stands still. We are still together, on a level called Love. But I cry alone for you, in a place called reality.


I'm one of the stars; I shall be living in one of them. I shall be laughing; and so it shall be, as if the stars were laughing; when you look at the sky at night.


You don't stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing. No matter how hard life could get, Larry never stop smiling that big smile and laughing that beautiful laugh. I always told him he was a big kid!


To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say... but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay. I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above. Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love. Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight. Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you." It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.I need you here badly; you're part of my plan. There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man. "God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do. And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you. And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night. When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears. But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain. Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain. I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned. But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand. But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over. I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before. There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb; but together we can do it by taking one day at a time. It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too... that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you. If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain, then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain." And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile, knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile. So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go. When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind; I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind. And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,remember you're not going..... you're coming here to me.


"Although we've come to the end of the road, still I can't let you go.
You belong to me, I belong to you."



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