CURTIS "COOKIE" RODGERS PASSES
CURTIS “COOKIE” RODGERS PASSESLoving, kind and funny are some of the words local residents are saying to describe Curtis “Cookie” Rodgers who passed away on Sunday, November 20. He was in his mid-50s. His friends, family, coworkers and customers describe him as friendly, community-oriented, uplifting, humorous, and a big-hearted man with a smile on his face always. A wake was held on Tuesday November 30 and Funeral Service Wednesday, December 1 at Emmanuel Baptist Church.Below are a few comments posted on Facebook about Cookie last week: “Our friend Cookie died on Sunday. Probably the first person I met when I moved to Clinton Hill back in ’05. Lesson: you don’t need to have $ or a PhD to show someone you care.” “Many happy Brooklyn moments involving Cookie!” “Just remember that you were lucky enough to be in his life, as I am sure he will always be in yours.” “I remember him too, funny, crazy guy. bless his soul…”At Pioneer, Cookie set records, managing to maneuver different cashier stations bagging groceries for different customers at the same time. He earned his tips, but he always gave a “tip” or two, freely: “Have a nice day.” He will be remembered for his work ethic, for never forgetting what was important: “how’s the grandkids,” and for his generosity of spirit, “Y’all look good.” The last time we saw Cookie he was singing his favorite song, “That’s Amore,” at the top of his lungs, moving a push cart full of groceries down a street in Clinton Hill. “When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, That’s Amore.” He gave, in his way, as much as he got. So bells are ringing, ting-a-linging, and Cookie’s probably singing, “Vita Bella.” Thank you, Cookie.