Luis ‘Omar’ Rodriguez passed away in his home in San Lorenzo, CA, on October 29th, 2018. Omar had bravely battled a number of challenges including Parkinsons Disease and Chronic Leukemia for the better part of the last decade. He was 83.
Omar was born on May 12, 1935 in Migues, Canelones, Uruguay, to his parents Juan Ramon Rodriguez Valdez and Amelia Radesca Berenguer. He was the 5th of 9 children. The only one of his siblings to leave Uruguay, he departed in 1959 and immigrated to the United States in the early 60’s after adventuring and working his way across Latin America. While living in San Francisco, he met the love of his life Victoria ‘Vicky’ Robles Mendez at a dance at Club Fugazi. They were married in 1965 and moved to their first home in San Lorenzo in 1968.
Omar was a Teamster, working as a short-route truck driver for Carnation Milk Company, from the late 1960’s until his career was cut short in 1975 by spinal injury suffered in an auto accident. His wife Vicky entered Real Estate shortly thereafter, and Omar became her right-hand man as she established a very successful business. Doing so also enabled him the freedom to pursue his real passion, sharing his love of soccer with children via coaching, refereeing and evangelizing the ‘beautiful game’.
Omar coached, managed and promoted youth soccer in Southern Alameda County from the early 1970’s until a few years before his death. One of the founders of SACYSL in 1973, he also singlehandedly measured, lined and installed dozens of soccer fields in the area, helping grow soccer into the force it is today. In his 40+ years of coaching he taught and mentored thousands of youth and adult players, acting solely as a volunteer.
Omar was an incredibly supportive, kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was a highly respected and treasured contributor in his community.
Omar is survived by his son, Omar Andrés (Lisa) Rodriguez of Orinda; his daughter, Verna Renee (Miguel) Mosquera of Danville; his sister, Cholla Perez Rodriguez of Montevideo; and five grandchildren, Milo and Nico Mosquera, and Luke, Marco and Elle Rodriguez. He is predeceased by his wife, Victoria ‘Vicky’ Rodriguez of San Lorenzo.
Omar’s life will be celebrated at a memorial service on Saturday November 17th, between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Hayward City Hall Rotunda at 777 ‘B’ Street in Hayward, California. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Omar’s life.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to either of: Soccer Without Borders - https://www.soccerwithoutborders.org Michael J. Fox Foundation - https://www.michaeljfox.org