Sal Rodriguez had a magnetic personality and loved to make people laugh, his children said.
“My dad would show his love by making people laugh,” said his son, Joseph Rodriguez. “He would help them any way he could, whether it be with a hug, a smile, a laugh or a dollar.”
Salvador “Sal” Rodriguez, 67, of Valparaiso, died July 9. He was retired from Inland Steel/Arcelor-Mittal and was a member of USWA Local 1010. He was a graduate of Gary Edison High School.
He is survived by Juanita Rodriguez, his wife of 44 years.
Daughter RosaMaria Galvan said her father was quick to tell a joke and cheer her up when she needed it.
“He was the most amazing father,” Galvan said. “He was like having the coolest TV dad, at home. Cosby could’ve gotten tips from him.”
Daughter Angelita Rodriguez-Khanboubi said her father was an excellent role model for the family, and took his role as being the eldest of 10 children very seriously.
“He would make sure everyone was okay by making the time to keep in contact,” she said. “At family get-togethers, he’d make his rounds and when he spoke, people listened. Dad was a strong believer in being honest and doing what was right, so he emulated that in all he did.”
His children said he was a good athlete, whether it be bike riding, playing basketball, running or swimming.
He enjoyed traveling, especially to Las Vegas.
“He loved to travel everywhere, as far as Morocco and as close as Six Flags Great America. As long as he was with family, the destination wasn’t important,” his son said.
He enjoyed taking photographs, whether it be of family celebrations or vacations, his children said.
His children said he had a good heart that was filled with love.
“He was a great guy who loved life, lived it to the fullest and always put his family first,” Galvan said.