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Lodi loses Tony Rodriguez

Man known throughout city for supporting youth sports passed away on Tuesday

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Tony Rodriguez, front right, celebrates at a Boosters of Boys/Girls Sports pancake breakfast for opening day in April 2010. Rodriguez died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at the age of 81.

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On Monday night, Tony Rodriguez turned off the lights and locked up the Grape Festival Pavilion after a basketball game. For more than a decade, Rodriguez has been the first one to arrive at many youth sporting events in Lodi, and the last one to leave, long after the games are over.

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Tony Rodriguez, front right, celebrates at a Boosters of Boys/Girls Sports pancake breakfast for opening day in April 2010. Rodriguez died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at the age of 81.