Rodney Irizarry, Jr., (RJ) 24, of Darien, passed away unexpectedly on May 11, 2016. He was born May 17, 1991 in Stamford, the son of Rodney Irizarry, Sr. and the late Kimberly Benedetto-Lamendola.

He graduated from Darien High School in 2009. He was an avid sports fan, closely following the New York Giants & the Mets. Mr. Irizarry also pursued his love of music, teaching himself how to play the drums and the guitar. He played in his first band, Crazy Old Language, while he was still in High School.

Mr. Irizarry is survived by his father, Rodney Sr., his sister Jordan and his brothers Alex, Anthony and Matthew. He leaves behind his maternal grandparents, Anthony and Sandy Benedetto of Darien, his step-mother Shira Irizarry & step-father John Lamendola.

He is also survived by his Godmother Lynn Vetare, several aunts, uncles and cousins as well as his close friends. A Funeral Service in memory of Mr. Irizarry will be held on May 18, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. The burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, New Canaan, CT.  Contributions can be made to the JR Schoen Memorial Fund, http://jrschoenmemorial.org/