The Boxing family mourns the passing of Pastor Víctor H. Rodríguez
The boxing family has received the very sad news, that our dear friend Víctor H. Rodríguez passed away this week.
Victor identified serious problems of violence in his community in Chicago, so instead of closing the door to young people as many others had done, he decided to do something about it, and flung those doors wide open by creating the “Chicago Youth Boxing Club,” located in Little Village.
This non-profit organization is in charge of giving a new opportunity to the youth at risk, through the guiding influence of boxing, integral help, affection, love and respect.
“Among them, there were gang members from La Villita whom Pastor Vic considered as children. He always tried to lead them away from that, to become better, “said his wife Magda Rodríguez.
“Seeing how people came to see my father made me feel happy because I realized how much the community loved him and how many people he cared about” Victor Jr. said. “It will be beautiful to contemplate the fantastic legacy left by my father.
“I hope his death but more importantly his life, is a reminder of everything he did to bring about peace and improve this community. I hope everyone continues to work for that goal, “
Victor, known as “Pastor Vic”, will always be remembered by all the people he met, had faith in and helped during his inspiring journey of life. Without doubt, his legacy of positivity, optimism and giving a second chance to errant youngsters will live forever…and a day!
Mauricio Sulaiman, President of the WBC, and the whole family of boxing speak with one voice, wishing “Pastor Vic`s” many friends, his wife, Magda, and sons Victor and Isaiah, consolation and peace at this sad time. But simultaneously saluting the wonderful contribution and real difference he made in making this World a better place, by having faith in the redemption for those who have fallen, but with his help got up to make something of themselves.
May our beloved friend, “Pastor Vic”, rest in peace. You will always be remembered with gratitude and love.