AC Alumna Erin Rodriques, Class of 2012, passes away
Twenty-three year-old Assumption alumna Erin Rodriques passed away on Tuesday, December 10 after a fatal car accident in Spencer, MA.
Rodriques graduated in 2012 with a major in anthropology and German. She was a graduate student in Assumption’s rehabilitation counseling program.
Rodriques was employed at Assumption’s Graduate Studies Office as administrative secretary until this past September when she began a job at The Bridge of Central Massachusetts as a Treatment Coordinator.
“Please keep Erin’s parents and her fiancé in your prayers during this time of great sorrow and loss. We also commend Erin to God and pray that she now dwells in His loving presence,” said Assumption President Francesco Cesareo in a statement following the accident.
Rodriques was an active member of the Assumption Community, participating in the theater group Merely Players and Campus ministry, as well as taking on the role of Le Provocateur’s first photo editor.
“Erin was the kindest, most sincere person that I’ve had the pleasure to know. She was the sweetest girl, but that’s not to say she didn’t have a wicked sense of humor. Erin always knew if we needed to laugh, or to vent, and she was there in the office through the thick of it, even when she didn’t need to be,” said Kristin Geyer, ‘11, who worked with Rodriques on Le Provocateur for two years.
“She was a genuinely kind person and her grace was always something I admired,” said Taylor Nuñez who also worked with Rodriques on Le Provocateur. “ The hole she leaves in our Provoc staff is profound and she will be sorely missed.”
Both Nuñez and Geyer described Rodriques as the calm to the Provoc’s storm.
Rodriques’ photography talent was evident both in the work she did for Le Provocateur, as well as her commitment to her classes.
“Erin stood out as one of the best students in my photo class. She sat in the front row and was always eager and engaged. She worked very hard and really pushed herself to make strong and engaging photographs,” said assistant professor of art Scott Glushien. “She really was full of the joy of life. She always seemed to have a smile on her face and was a very positive person. She will be missed.”
Rodriques had travelled to Medjugorje, a western region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany for World Youth Day 2005, France and Rome during an Assumption pilgrimage, as well as a study trip to Eastern Europe. She also had a keen interest in the Connecticut Renaissance Faire and was a member of Eve’s Tribal Belly Dancing Group.
“Erin lived her life to the fullest, attracting many long life friends along the way from every walk of life. She made everyone feel special and loved,” said her obituary published on legacy.com.
“Erin was the type of person with whom you felt comforted by her presence,” said Amy Hurley, learning specialist at the Academic Support Center. “Her genuine kindness, honesty, and individuality was striking.”
According to Cesareo, in 2012, Rodriques was the recipient of the Milleret Scholarship for her outstanding GPA, and as a senior she was the winner in the Research Symposium in the Social Sciences category.
“As Le Provocateur’s first photo editor, Erin Rodriques was a major force in changing the look and overall quality of the student newspaper,” said assistant professor of English and Le Provocateur faculty advisor Mike Land. “But she was much more than that to her professors and her peers; she was loved and respected by an extraordinary range of people, both for her talents and for her personality.”
Rodriques left behind many loved ones, including her parents, Abel and Kathleen, her fiancé, Joshua Moore, as well as many other family members and friends.
“The thought of everything Erin would’ve observed, enjoyed and recreated for others through her gifts, is one of the reasons we feel such a keen sense of loss today,” said Land.