Charles Rodriguez

General Information

Experience

Position, First Tank Division - Army

Affiliations

Member - North Port Neighborhood Watch

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Charles Rodriguez, 23, said he started smoking long before he joined the Army and that his pack-a-day habit doesn't affect his physical fitness.
His Army instructors during basic training made him quit, but he quickly started up again, Rodriguez said in an interview outside of Fort Campbell, Ky.During his last deployment to Iraq, Rodriguez found a lot of time to smoke while troops were patrolling or just hanging around the base. During his last deployment to Iraq, Rodriguez found a lot of time to smoke while troops were patrolling or just hanging around the base. He said one of his friends who doesn't normally smoke would join him for a cigarette during the deployment, just out of boredom Said Rodriguez, "There's nothing else to do and they're cheap over there."

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Charles Rodriguez
NORTH PORT -- Charles Nelson Rodriguez, known as "The Bike Man" because he repaired and gave bicycles to the poor and homeless, died Nov. 20 at his home. He was 66. Rodriguez was born April 16, 1943, in Bronx, N.Y., and came to North Port from Warwick, N.Y., where he started a bike ministry at Warwick United Methodist Church and began repairing bicycles and giving them to poor migrant workers and other needy families. Last year, he told the Herald-Tribune that when he was growing up in New York his family was too poor to buy a bicycle. In his teens, he got a job in a bike shop and finally bought a fixed-wheel German racing bike with no brakes. After retiring from Con Edison, Rodriguez started the bike ministry at Edgewater United Methodist Church in November 2002. He solicited bicycle donations throughout the state and reconditioned them, often with the help of a few homeless men and several Boy Scouts. The North Port and Venice police departments and the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office also have donated bicycles. Bicycles, parts, helmets, tools and gift certificates for supplies have been donated by local churches and businesses, including Acme Bicycle Shop in Punta Gorda and Louie's Bicycle Shop in North Port, which also provide special parts at wholesale prices. Rodriguez served in the Army's First Tank Division from 1956 to 1959. He was a volunteer for the Suncoast Humane Society, a former branch member of North Port Art Guild, a former member of the North Port Neighborhood Watch and chairman of Code Enforcement for North Port. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Nilda V. (Diaz); children Lisa J. O'Connor of North Port, Aurora M. Boschker of Cary, N.C., Linda L. McKenna of Port Charlotte, Charles N. Jr. of Florida, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

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Charles Rodriguez
NORTH PORT -- Charles Nelson Rodriguez, known as "The Bike Man" because he repaired and gave bicycles to the poor and homeless, died Nov. 20 at his home. He was 66. Rodriguez was born April 16, 1943, in Bronx, N.Y., and came to North Port from Warwick, N.Y., where he started a bike ministry at Warwick United Methodist Church and began repairing bicycles and giving them to poor migrant workers and other needy families. Last year, he told the Herald-Tribune that when he was growing up in New York his family was too poor to buy a bicycle. In his teens, he got a job in a bike shop and finally bought a fixed-wheel German racing bike with no brakes. After retiring from Con Edison, Rodriguez started the bike ministry at Edgewater United Methodist Church in November 2002. He solicited bicycle donations throughout the state and reconditioned them, often with the help of a few homeless men and several Boy Scouts. The North Port and Venice police departments and the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office also have donated bicycles. Bicycles, parts, helmets, tools and gift certificates for supplies have been donated by local churches and businesses, including Acme Bicycle Shop in Punta Gorda and Louie's Bicycle Shop in North Port, which also provide special parts at wholesale prices. Rodriguez served in the Army's First Tank Division from 1956 to 1959. He was a volunteer for the Suncoast Humane Society, a former branch member of North Port Art Guild, a former member of the North Port Neighborhood Watch and chairman of Code Enforcement for North Port. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Nilda V. (Diaz); children Lisa J. O'Connor of North Port, Aurora M. Boschker of Cary, N.C., Linda L. McKenna of Port Charlotte, Charles N. Jr. of Florida, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

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