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Gary J. Rodgers

OCTOBER 15, 1946 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2010


Born in Oakland, CA on October 15, 1946; then raised in the perfect community of San Lorenzo. There wasn’t a town better than San Lorenzo in the 50’s. Gary was born to William and Esther Rodgers, along with his sister Gerri, where they grew, attended local schools, excelled at sports and were provided an incredible sense of family.

In high school, Gary focused on sports and academics, and when graduation came and went, he sought out the Teamsters as a career, much like his father and uncles. He was part of Local #70 for many years. Baseball was a passion, and Gary spent twenty-five years coaching Little League, beginning in San Lorenzo and then Hayward American, giving to youngsters the knowledge of a game he so loved. Over the course of years, he also coached soccer and basketball. Later, living in Livermore and retired, he enjoyed cooking and planning the next event with his son and daughter.

Gary is survived by son Jarrett, daughter Briana, and wife Sandra. He loved them deeply. His family meant everything to him. His love of family included his sister Gerri, brother-in-law Larry Braswell, nephew Todd Braswell and nephew Ryan Braswell, and great-niece Madison Braswell. His extended family included brother-in-law David Santos, wife Loreen and nephews Brett Santos and fiancé Brenna, and Brannon Santos. Sadly and suddenly, Gary passed on September 4, 2010 with what should have been many more years of laughter, stories, jokes, vacations, trips, movies, music and holidays with family. We miss him already.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday September 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM, in the chapel at All Saints Church, 22824 Second Street, Hayward, CA 94541.

Holy Angels Funeral & Cremation Center  FD1456
(510) 537-6600

Guest Book 

Susan Rice 2010-09-30 15:07
Such a shock with a life too soon ended. Jarrett, Briana and Sandra, my heart goes out to you and my thoughts are with you. Keep your memories alive with talk. I first met Gary when he and Sandra started children (now 49, 48, 47) were in their wedding...and somehow it doesn't seem that long ago. With love, sleep peacefully Gary.
Cindy and Dale 2010-09-27 07:22
Jarrett and Brianna: May your cherished memories comfort and sustain through this difficult time. You were blessed to have such a loving man as your father. I know he was so proud of both you. You're both in our thoughts and prayers. All our love, Cindy and Dale
Al and Susan Enos 2010-09-25 20:30
We are both so sorry for your loss. Remember the good times, and know he is in a better place. If we can help let us know.

Love, Allan & Susan
Mitch 2010-09-22 08:41
Back in the haze of history, I recall your Dad and I winding up in a gully together after celebrating life a little too much. He looked over and saw the company he was keeping and walked himself up and out of the valley. Always one to brush himself off and continue in the Frank Sinatra vein. Your history together will sustain you.
Gerald & Darling 2010-09-21 21:26
Sandy, Jarrett and Briana,
Our thoughts, love & prayers our with you always. May god's love and grace help you through this day. May his peace give you the strength to carry on the journey.
The Concepcion Family
Jerrry and Debbie 2010-09-21 18:32
I will always remember the fun days of camping with Gary and all the Champi's at trinity lake. Gary kept us all entertained and was a great dad, cousin and friend! I will not forget how he made us feel when we visited him or how he liked to cook and play cards or watch a movie-- he was a great guy and a wonderful father! We all have been blessed to know such a giving sole! I just hope he saves me a place at the card table in Heaven -- and mean while he's here in all of us who knew him!!
God bless all of you and most of all find peace with Gary's death knowing how much he loved you!!
Loreen 2010-09-21 14:18
Not an enemy could you find of his!!
He helped me with my Math when I was 16 years old. He gave me rides in his Black Impala. Gary always took my side when I needed protection from an Italian strict father....
He was easy to laugh, say 'Oh Man', put up with crabby Ang and the other Pinocle Team.
Gary drove the furthest, cried the loudest and visited most often to his nephew Brett when he received his TBI.
He supported Brett and Brannon with their education and life choices and always gave them words of encouragement. I remember one time, 33 years ago, visiting there house in Union City. Gary was sitting on a bench in the backyard with Jarrett and Briana on either side, they were all eating a big long carrot.Just sitting there, not talking, sitting quietly (unlike Jarrett ha-ha) Such a sweet peaceful scene, I will cherish this and other special mememories of Gary always. Until we meet again. Your sister-in-law,Loreen
David Santos 2010-09-21 11:52
Gary was my brother-in-law, I first met him 40 years ago. I have many happy memories of Gary like betting for Duffy's ice cream (I owed him 18 gallons; good thing no more Duffy's), playing basketball with the "Flea" and Mitch, watching and arguing about sports, listening to his crazy ideas about how he could outsmart the casino in Craps.
I believe Gary's last message to us all was to live for today, none of us are guaranteed tomorrow.
He was a wonderful uncle to my sons and a great brother-in-law to Loreen & I... I already miss him.
Sandra Rodgers 2010-09-21 10:55
Please know how much you are missed. Our whole family mourns your loss and the memories you so richly gave to us over the years.

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