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Rodney Caruso

Rodney Caruso, 94, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Friday evening, February 15, 2019 at Bayberry Care Center in New Rochelle, NY with his devoted wife of 27 years, Robin and his son, Joe, at his bedside.
Rod, also known to many as “Jack”, was a shining light for all who knew him: affable, kind-hearted, and multi-talented with a great and irrepressible sense of humor.
Rodney was born in the Bronx on March 25, 1925, one of six children of Joseph and Rosina Caruso. After graduating from St. Simon Stock High School, he joined the US Navy as one of the original “Seabees”, then the newly formed Naval Construction Battalion deployed to Okinawa during World War ll.
Honing his construction and engineering skills on the battlefield, Rod returned stateside and later began his civilian career as an iron worker before serving as a stationary engineer for the City of New York until his retirement. Rod also displayed his entrepreneurial acumen as a business owner and restaurateur of Bronx-based of Smiling Jay’s Car Wash and the High Hat Cabaret Nightclub, two iconic establishments whose names mirrored his generous, effusive demeanor and passion for ballroom and popular dancing.
After his retirement, Rod continued to practice what he loved most, working with his hands as a specialty furniture and cabinetry designer. Always beaming with a smile, exuding warmth, and dressed to sartorial perfection, Rod was always the proverbial ‘life of the party’ at social gatherings he attended with his loving wife, Robin, throughout their many years together.
Rod is survived by wife Robin, son Joseph (Diane) Caruso, grandson Justin (Afia) Caruso and many nieces and nephews. His sisters, Mary (Tony) Savona, Yolanda (Dominic) Perri and Frances (Alfred) Fiano predeceased him, as had his brothers Anthony (Emma) Caruso and John (Irma) Caruso.
The family offers heartfelt gratitude to Bayberry Care Center, where wife Robin has served selflessly for more than 35 years as a nurse, nursing supervisor and care coordinator, and where Rod resided over the past year. The care, affection and compassion of each member of Bayberry’s administration, nursing, medical, dietary, therapy, activities and housekeeping departments was boundless and a fitting tribute to Rod’s everlasting legacy.
FUNERAL MASS, Friday, February 22, 10:30am, Church of the Holy Family, 83 Clove Road New Rochelle, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association Scroll to bottom of home page, click on ‘Make a Donation’

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