Photo: Gwinnett Technical College
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Anthony Andre' Rojo had an interesting sense of humor that always put a smile on someone's face.
"If he was making fun of you, he loved you," his wife Traci said with a laugh. "He was always giving you a hard time -- always joking and making people laugh. He was a really great guy."
Co-worker and friend, Rev. Dr. Robert E. Powers of Gwinnett Tech echoed those sentiments.
"He was just a really good guy," he said. "When you passed him in the hall, you felt better when you guys said hello to each other. He made your day better and it made you feel better just to see his smile."
Rojo, Gwinnett Technical College's Dean of Computer Sciences, known for his organization skills, love of the outdoors and pride in his job, died this past weekend.
On May 5, Rojo, 45, of Lawrenceville passed away at his home with his family by his side after his nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Traci, daughter, 10, Sydney and son, 7, Garrett.
"In the past nine months, he definitely really focused on me and the kids," Traci Rojo said. "He made sure I was financial stable so I knew where things were. He made me lists for everything -- everyone jokes about the lists. He made many of them for me, including a monthly list to change the air filters and all of those things. I usually took care of the kids and he took care of the rest."
Rojo was an avid tennis player and was also interested in hiking and camping, which he and his family enjoyed together with trips to the North Georgia and Tennessee mountains.
Although he was in incredible pain during his last few months, Rojo loved his work at Gwinnett Tech. It brought him much happiness and pride to be in the office.
"We've been blessed in many way that Gwinnett Tech has embraced us," Traci said. "He loved that place. He was proud of the work there and how much they were growing. I know it seems weird to have his memorial service there, but he would of been honored to be remembered there."
Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel at 120 Scenic Highway.
On Saturday, a Service of Life ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Auditorium in Building 700 at Gwinnett Tech. Powers will officiate the service. Air Force Military honors will be rendered at the conclusion of the service.
"He really has been an integral part of the school for such a long time," Powers said. "It is an appropriate way to celebrate him and have a service with room to have a good turn out."
In lieu of flowers, the Rojo family asks that donations be made to the Gwinnett Tech Foundation at Gwinnett Technical College at 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville or to the Memorial Fund for the Children of Anthony Rojo at any Wells Fargo Bank branch. Both should be include reference the Anthony Rojo Memorial.
To leave electronic condolences for the family, visit www.wagesfuneralhome.com.