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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.
Published in News Times on June 18, 2013