Jose L. "Joe" Reyes

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Jose L. "Joe" Reyes, 55, of Windsor Locks, loving husband of Donna (Engelmann) Reyes, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family June 10, 2018.

Joe was born Aug. 21, 1962, in the Bronx, New York, to the late Angel L. and Irma (Garcia) Reyes. Joe and his family moved to Springfield in 1975 and he has been a resident of Windsor Locks since 1996. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in June 1981, and was honorably discharged in June 1984. He worked for several years at the Western Massachusetts Hospital in Westfield as a campus police officer. Prior to working at the hospital, Joe was the head of security at the Monarch Place in Springfield. He and Donna were united in holy matrimony June 2, 2001, and celebrated 17 wonderful years together.

In addition to his wife, Donna, he is also survived by two children, Chelsea Reyes and her companion, Riiah Mitchell, of Enfield and Eric Reyes of Windsor Locks; a grandson, Maximilian Mitchell; a sister, Rachel Hernandez and her husband, Sergio, of Granby, Massachusetts; a nephew, Sergio Hernandez Jr. and his wife, Anna, of Chicopee; his mother-in-law, Cynthia Wiley of Suffield; and father-in-law, Justin Engelmann of East Windsor.

Joe Reyes was an honorable man in every sense of the word. He loved and respected his wife and children, helped his neighbors, served his country, was an amazing friend and vigorously supported the town's youth programs. Joe was proud of his service with the U.S. Marine Corps, and the children he coached in baseball, basketball, and soccer. He was an avid fan of the New York Giants and New York Yankees. He was a bright spot in our community, and the center of our family's universe.

Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family during visiting hours Thursday, June 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks.

A funeral service celebrating Joe's life will be held Friday, June 15, at 9 a.m. at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow in the Massachusetts Veterans' Cemetery in Agawam.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, 85 Retreat Ave., Hartford, CT 06106.

For online expressions of sympathy or directions, visit

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Windsor Locks Funeral Home
441 Spring Street
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
(860) 623-3498
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Published in Journal Inquirer from June 12 to June 16, 2018
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