Rodolfo Adaya Obituary
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In Memory of

Rodolfo A Adaya

September 27, 1933 - August 10, 2013
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To Rodolfo "Rudy" Adaya, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Rudy, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Rudy really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.       Rudy was born on September 27, 1933 in his home in Alitagtag, Batangas. His parents were Severo and Pilar. Rudy was raised in Alitagtag, Batangas. Even as a child, Rudy had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.       Always a good playmate, Rudy was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Rudy managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Rudy was raised with six siblings. He had four younger brothers...
To Rodolfo "Rudy" Adaya, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Rudy, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Rudy really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.
      Rudy was born on September 27, 1933 in his home in Alitagtag, Batangas. His parents were Severo and Pilar. Rudy was raised in Alitagtag, Batangas. Even as a child, Rudy had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.
      Always a good playmate, Rudy was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Rudy managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Rudy was raised with six siblings. He had four younger brothers Peping, Gaudencio, Narcing, Severo Jr. and two younger sisters Dominga and Emma.
      All of Rudy's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Rudy experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in Sipa (hacky sack) and spinning tops. In his spare time he liked to fly kites and take a swim in the river. Rudy's memorable achievements included.
      Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Rudy was a class “cut-up.” He didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Rudy simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Rudy, grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience. Since experience was Rudy's best teacher. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Rudy graduated from Alitagtag High School in 1953. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math.
      Rudy reveled in his college years, where his imagination could run free. He was viewed by many of his classmates as being a creative, artistic person. Rudy was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. He was a jovial person who loved to share his passion for fun with others. But for Rudy, life was not a case of all play and no work. Rudy relished the task of putting his imagination to work in class. He was able to discover new and different ways of answering problems and creating unusual and different solutions. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business. His favorite courses were banking and finance.
      Rudy never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Rudy to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Rudy delighted in his role among all his acquaintances, because he viewed them all as potential spectators for his performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Rudy was always right at home putting on a show among his friends. Rudy utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of his best friends were Panfilo and Pabling. Panfilo remained his loyal friend throughout his life. Rudy loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.
      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Rudy very easy to approach. On February 8, 1959 Rudy exchanged wedding vows with Julita Luna at Cuenca Parish of Cuenca Batangas. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.
      Perhaps the reason Rudy related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Rudy was blessed with six children; one son, Elmer and five daughters, Rhoda, Rosalie, Loida, Adelfa, and Minette. They were also blessed with fifteen grandchildren, Juliane, Ryan, Rachel, Christopher, Christy, James, Nicholas, Ethan, Justen, Marcus, Abigail, Martine, Kaitlin, Isabella, and Marcheline. Rudy had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Rudy's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Rudy had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.
      At work, as in life, Rodolfo was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Rudy liked to see himself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Rudy was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Rudy's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Rudy as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was a bookkeeper. He was employed for 12 years by Equitable Bank in the Philippines and 29 years by Western Purveyors in New York.
      Rudy enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Rudy liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were watching Sports Channel, FOX News, and playing in the casino. Rudy was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.
      Rudy felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn’t the best, Rudy loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Rudy relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Rudy never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. His favorite recreational sports included golfing. Rudy was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball, basketball, and golf. He remained a die hard fan of his favorite New York teams, the Mets, the Yankees, and the Knicks.
      A generous person who often wore his heart on his sleeve, Rudy often found himself involved in activities he deemed important. He was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made him a natural volunteer. Outspoken in his beliefs, yet tactful in his dealings with others, Rudy was a member of several community groups, serving on committees for the Filipino-American Association and Brooklyn Bible Study Group. Politically, Rudy was a supporter of the Tea Party.
      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Rudy recognized that his faith was important to him throughout his life. He was a 30 year member of Guardian Angel Church.
      Living life in the fast lane suited Rudy just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Some of his favorite vacations included visiting relatives in the Philippines and touring Europe, specifically Rome, Portugal, and Germany.
      Rudy believed that you had to experience life, and his life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 2000, Rudy took it in stride as one more way to have fun. His new life involved relocating to Las Vegas. With his boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Rudy remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, he found new pleasure in playing golf and going to the casinos. Even in retirement, Rudy continued to stay in touch with his old friends and, since he'd never met a stranger, he made plenty of new acquaintances as well.
      Rudy passed away on August 10, 2013 in his home surrounded by his loved ones. Rudy fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by his wife, Julie Adaya, his children Rhoda, Elmer, Rosalie, Loida, Adelfa, and Minette. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law Ruby, sons-in-law Joemar, Joel, Ronnie, Dencie, Roy, and his grandchildren Juliane, Ryan, Rachel, Christopher, Christy, James, Nicholas, Ethan, Marcus, Justen, Abigail, Martine, Marcheline, Isabella, and Kaitlin. Services were held at Palm Northwest Mortuary. Rudy was laid to rest in Palm Northwest Cemetery in Las Vegas, Nevada.
      Rudy brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Rudy Adaya lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.

"Dad, we miss you so much, not a moment pass thinking of you. thank you for all the love you had given us. You're in our hearts forever.. Love you, Loidi,..." Loida Adaya-Montes (Levittown, NY)

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