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Cregorio Robinson Velez, known better to his family and loved ones as "Papi" passed to eternal life on August 12, 2014. He was surrounded by family and friends, who were like his family. He had eyes as blue as a the sky, and a smile that had the warmth of the sun. He was never happier than being in the presence of those he loved. Papi was born in Lajas, Puerto Rico, a place he will always call home. He lived there until the age of 16 when he moved to New York City. It was in New York that he met Asia Ilia Rodriguez, who became his friend, wife and soul mate for 55 years. They were inseparable and together they shared in the Journey of life, giving birth to their only daughter, Rita. Rita later married Paul Fitch, who together gave Papi his grandchildren Michael, and Nicholas. In his later years he and his wife lived with his family in Connecticut. He was retired from a career with the United States Postal Service. Pappi loved baseball, was an avid fan of the NY Mets and was a baseball encyclopedia, He had a passion for current events, and was a daily reader of the New York Post. Papi lived with a deep faith and love for God. A kind and gentle man, he will always be remembered for saying "thank you" with a smile. He will sadly be missed by all. Calling hours will be on Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 3 - 5 pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will he celebrated on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10 am at St. Francis Xavier Church, 26 Chestnut Land Road, New Milford, CT. Interment will follow at the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association, 68 Park Lane Rd., New Milford, CT 06776.
Lillis Funeral Home
58 Bridge St New Milford, CT 06776
Published in The Greater New Milford Spectrum from Aug. 14 to Aug. 22, 2014