William Rodriguez 53 of New Bedford passed away, Friday, August 14, 2020 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the longtime companion of Ramonita Martinez and son of Luis Angel Rodriguez of New York and the late Aurea Rodriguez. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and had lived in this area for many years. William was employed by Popeye’s as a cook and manager. He was a member of the APA pool league. Survivors include his companion of New Bedford, his father, his children William Rodriguez of Providence, William Rodriguez Jr. of New Bedford, Alyssa Rodriguez of Providence, Alicia Costa of New Bedford, Natasha Rodriguez of New Bedford and Natalya Rodriguez also of New Bedford. His brothers Julio Rodriguez of New York, Angel Rodriguez of Florida and John Rodriguez. He is also survived by his sister Aurea Rodriguez of New Bedford, 6 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. His graveside service will be held 12:00pm on Tuesday August 25, 2020 at Pine Grove Cemetery 1100 Ashley Blvd. New Bedford, MA.