Narciso A. Rodriguez-Cayro, aka Dr. Nick, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at the Bowers House Hospice House in Beckley, West Virginia on January 31, 2018.
Dr. Nick immigrated to the United States, specifically Florida, from Havana Cuba at the tender age of 21 when communism took over his home country. He arrived in Florida, where he was initially homeless but would eventually work not one, but two jobs in local factories in order to help his family, along with his bride, and her family to immigrate to the United States.
Dr. Rodriguez-Cayro, my Dad, was able to bring his parents, wife and other family members to the United States. He became a legal US citizen, something he was so proud to have achieved. In time, his work would come to revolve around hospitals. He worked as an orderly, obtained certification as a respiratory therapist and would eventually be admitted to medical school where he became a doctor, an Anesthesiologist. This was his American dream.
For many years he worked in a hospital setting, alongside doctors delivering babies and performing surgeries. As he aged, he came to settle in Daniels, West Virginia where he practiced until such time that he would retire.
Shortly after retirement he was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. This is an illness that, like Alzheimer's, affects ones memory/recall and is accompanied by other unpleasant effects. This was a brutal disease he endured far longer than anyone should.
My Dad was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Narciso & Carmelina Rodriguez-Cayro.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Maria L. Rodriguez-Cayro; his four children, Narciso Rodriguez-Cayro, Maria Basso, Robert Rodriguez-Cayro & William Rodriguez-Cayro. He is also survived by their respective spouses, Stephen Basso and Lisa Rodriguez-Cayro. His beloved grandchildren include Connor & Bryce Basso; Lauren, Calvin, Madeline & Alex Rodriguez-Cayro; Justin Carnes; Jared Rodriguez-Cayro; Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro; Mallory Cronshaw; and Devon & Zach Rodriguez-Cayro. He was also the proud great-grandfather of Damien, Salem & Oliver. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez-Cayro is survived by his sister and her husband, Carmen & Pablo Palmieri and sister/brother in laws Dr. Antonio & Consuelo Yong; Francisco aka "Pancho" & Mercedes Villar; Mario Bonis, Janice Bonis and a host of nephews and nieces, all of whom he loved to share stories with.
Unlike many doctors, Dr. Rodriguez-Cayro did not golf, although he did love a great game of Dominoes. Any spare time he had was devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren. Never to be forgotten, rest in peace our guardian angel.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.
Published on March 15, 2018