RAFAELA “AURORA” RODRIGO, 80
Loved Cape Cod, traveling and gardening
Aurora Rodrigo passed away at Harbor Point on June 25, 2012 of Lewy Body disease. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 27, 1931 she immigrated to the United States in 1962 and became a proud American citizen five years later.
She is survived by her oldest and dearest friend, Yvonne Hawes, an extended “family” here that she has known and loved for many years, many friends on Cape Cod that she held close to her heart, her brother, Hector Rodrigo, her nephew Jose Luis Rodrigo, her niece Mirta Rodrigo and grandniece and grand nephews and cousins, all from Argentina.
Aurora lived in many communities: Boston, Somerville, Medford, Woburn, Chelmsford and, since 1987, Cape Cod (Dennisport and Centerville). She loved the Cape and settled happily in this beautiful area. One of her dreams was to build a home on a large piece of land for her to garden, and her dream was fulfilled back in 1995. Her home and garden were her pride and joy and she loved sharing both of them with her friends.
She worked for New England Electric System in Boston for many years, and then Adison Wesley in Reading, Atex in Lexington and Xyquest in Bedford. On the Cape she worked at The Lawn Company in Dennis and then at Lighthouse Realty in Chatham until she retired in 2000, looking forward to doing a lot of traveling both in the Unites States and overseas. Her travels took her to many states in the U.S., to several Canadian Provinces, Europe and South America, but the vacation she loved the most was Scotland.
In 1991 Aurora co-founded the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) of which she was President for two years. She worked very hard to make this Chapter as successful as it has been.
Aurora was an avid gardener, loved doing Tai Chi at U.S. Kung Fu, and traveling. She was close to her family and friends and loved to entertain. She was also a big fan of tennis, the Celtics and Patriots. Her final years were spent being cared for by the Team at Harbor Point in Centerville - specially the great CNA’s and Nurses (thank you so much) and thanks also go out to Jessica and Mary Beth from Beacon Hospice for their wonderful care-taking and affection for Aurora. All of you went above and beyond and it was most appreciated.
Aurora will be sorely missed by all of us that were privileged to know her and shared her life. An invitation goes out to all her friends to gather informally on Thursday, July 5th at the Cape Codder Resort, Route 132 (1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis) in the ”VJ Room“ from 4 to 7 PM to celebrate Aurora’s life and share happy memories of our dear friend.
Donations to Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472, alz.org