Juan Pedro Rodriguez Sunday, January 29, 1956 – Wednesday, July 21, 2021
“Shout joyfully….Give thanks to Jehovah…Play skillfully on the strings.” Psalm 33:1-3
“A good name is better than good oil, and the day of death is better than the day of birth.” Ecc.7:1
Juan Pedro Rodriguez at 65 years of age passed away with family by his side on July 21, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. He was born in Waterbury, CT., the son of Rebecca Lee Fillie of West Grove, PA. and Juan Feliciano Rodriguez of Puerto Rico.
Juan is survived by his wife of 15 years of marriage, Christine Monique Rodriguez, his stepchildren: daughter, Marsha, and husband, Corey Stubbs with his granddaughter, Charlize; daughter, Loren and husband, Cory Canter; son, Sheridan and wife, Ashley Gustin; Also his siblings: Antonia S. Torres; Ilma Rodriguez-Birt and husband, David Birt; Rebecca (Rodriguez) Cornelius; Santia Feliciano; Frederick Rodriguez; Nicole Fillie; Marc Fillie and wife, Raya, along with many nieces and nephews, cousins, close friends and associates who will miss him dearly.
Juan graduated from Wilby High School in Waterbury, CT. and furthered his secondary education in music at Naugatuck Valley Community College and Housatonic Community College. Juan taught music at The Taft School in Watertown, CT. and Westover School in Middlebury, CT., which became his life long career in playing many musical instruments – especially guitar, teaching music at these various schools, and in private lessons. He had such a gift and knowledge of music that he never hesitated to share it with whomever showed interest. He had a special interest for 16th century music and studied with the internationally renowned Joseph Iadone, a Master Lutenist. He was employed as a picture framer at Goldsmith’s of Waterbury until he started his own picture framing business, J.P Framing and later Rosewood Picture Framing in Maine. Juan became a dedicated baptized member of Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 22, 1977. His spiritual goals lent him to served as a full-time Pioneer, Ministerial Servant, and Elder. He attended Ministerial Training School where he would later help many members in the congregations of Gary, Indiana, Monmouth/Waterville/Fairfield, Maine, and Marysville, Kansas. Congregation members expressions of remembrance are how encouraging his comments were at the meetings, his disposition of being gentle & kind, always took interest in & had something to share with the young ones, and helped those in need through some pretty rough times to make some really tough decisions. All these comments attest to his love and interest in the well being of others and his creator, Jehovah.
Juan was known by his family and close friends with qualities of passion, commitment, enthusiasm and love. He had a smile that lit up a room, a sense of humor that would make anyone chuckle and a whistle that made you want to sing along. Juan also loved to Eat! and never turned down a good meal. He was an artist who excelled in creations of small works in water colors, pastels, charcoal, pen-and-ink and pencil, along with sign painting and calligraphy. His meticulous nature lent itself to other areas such as framing, crafts or even building additions to the family’s home. He had a large fine collection of fountain pen and pencil sets, loved browsing in flea markets, antiques shops and yard sales.
He will be remember well and affectionately missed by all who knew him.
Until the new peaceful world my loved one; we shall see each other again in perfect health in body and mind.