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Rodney A. Valladares, Sr.

April 11, 1949 ~ March 24, 2022 (age 72)

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Rodney A. Valladares, Sr., 72, of Lawrence, MA, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2022, in the comfort of his home, peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Donna (Polcari) Valladares, with whom he shared forty-eight wonderful years in marriage.

Born, raised, and educated in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Rodney was the son of the late Julian and Argentina (Perdomo) Valladares. At the age of twenty, he immigrated to the United States, first settling in Brighton and eventually in Lawrence. He enjoyed working at Malden Mills, retiring as Shop Steward in 2013 after dedicating some twenty years of service.

When not at work, Rodney turned his attention to his family and friends. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, whom he loved so much. Family gatherings, most of all the family barbecues meant the most to him as they always created wonderful memories. Over the years, Rodney remained an avid soccer player, never missing the opportunity to play a sport he was so passionate about.

Rodney was predeceased by his brother, Roy Velasquez; mother and father-in-law, Nathalie and Joseph Polcari.

In addition to his wife Donna, Rodney is survived by and will be greatly missed by his children, Joanne Vallladares and her husband Victor Young, of Derry, NH, Rodney A. Valladares, Jr. and his wife Katie of Merrimac, MA; grandchildren, Nina Young, Tyler Valladares, and Mason Valladares; siblings, Victor Valladares of North Attleborough, Martha Flores of Lynn, MA, and Juan Carols Diaz of Fresno, CA; sister-in-law, Lisa Foucher and her husband Stephen; brother-in-law, Joseph Polcari, Jr. and his wife Linda of Pepperell, MA; sister-in-law, Sonia Velasquez; and many nieces and nephews.

Services for Rodney will be celebrated in private at the family’s request.

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