Neftali "Nate" Velez, 61, of Danbury, passed away on Thursday at Danbury Hospital. He was born in Isabela, Puerto Rico, a son of the late Manuel and Caridad Torrez Velez. He grew up in Bridgeport and attended Bridgeport Schools. Nate was a retired machine operator with the former Gilbert & Bennett in Redding, CT. An avid fisherman, Nate was also proud Yankees and Giants fan.
Survivors include his sisters: Miriam Negron of Danbury and Esther Velez of Southbury. His brothers: Hector Velez of Danbury and Manuel Velez of New Milford. His longtime companion: Susan Curtis and their grandchildren: Christian and Jazii Curtis.
A Memorial service will be conducted Friday at 6 p.m. at the Kingdom Way Pentecostal Church, 5 Spring St., Danbury with the Rev. Ramon L. Ramos, officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.