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Rafael Vazquez Rivera

January 12, 1931 — June 7, 2024

Donalsonville

Rafael Vazquez Rivera, age 93, passed away peacefully Friday, June 7, 2024, at home in Donalsonville.

 

Rafael was born January 12, 1931, in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, the fourth child of Arcilio Vazquez and Eusebia Rivera.  He was raised in Morovis, Puerto Rico where he attended school through the sixth grade, before leaving school to work in the fields on his father’s land.  In 1952, he obtained his first pair of shoes and ventured to New York City, which he decided, was not the place for him.  From New York, he made his way to Campbell, OH to work in the steel mills.   He was a longtime member of First Spanish Baptist Church in Youngstown, OH, and retired from The Campbell Works of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube.

 

Rafael was united in marriage with Lydia Quiroga on June 18, 1955 at First Spanish Baptist Church, a faith-filled, strong and loving union that lasted more than 67 years until her death on May 15, 2023.  Together they raised their family in Campbell, later retiring to Orlando, FL, Morovis, PR, and Donalsonville, GA.  He loved being outside, growing fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, playing Dominoes and Rummykub to keep his mind sharp and especially spending time with his family.

 

Rafael is survived by his children, Benjamin (Maryellen) and Yvette (Michael Rice) with whom he made his home; sisters, Carmen Maria and Natividad; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, who lovingly called him “Tio”, as well as cousins, church family, and friends.   

 

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings Juan, Francisca, Ramon, Ecedro, Feliciana, Angel Manuel, Jacinto, Francisco and Juana.

 

Memorial services to honor Mr. Rafael’s life will be held at Iron City Baptist Church on Friday, June 14, 2024, at 10:00 AM.   

 

  

 

Rafael Vázquez Rivera, de 93 años, falleció pacíficamente el viernes 7 de junio de 2024 en su casa en Donalsonville. Rafael nació el 12 de enero de 1931 en San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, el cuarto hijo de Arcilio Vázquez y Eusebia Rivera. Se crió en Morovis, Puerto Rico, donde asistió a la escuela hasta el sexto grado, antes de salir de la escuela para trabajar en los campos de la tierra de su padre. En 1952, obtuvo su primer par de zapatos y se aventuró a la ciudad de Nueva York, que decidió que no era el lugar para él. Desde Nueva York, se dirigo a Campbell OH para trabajar en las acerías. Fue miembro durante mucho tiempo de la Primera Iglesia Bautista Española en Youngstown, OH, y se retiró de The Campbell Works of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube.

 

Rafael se unió en matrimonio con Lydia Quiroga el 18 de junio de 1955 en la Primera Iglesia Bautista Española, una unión llena de fe, fuerte y amorosa que duró más de 67 años hasta su muerte el 15 de mayo de 2023. Juntos criaron a su familia en Campbell, y más tarde se retiraron a Orlando, FL, Morovis, PR y Donaldsonville, GA. Le encantaba estar al aire libre, cultivar frutas, verduras, flores y plantas, jugar al dominó y Rummykub para mantener su mente aguda y, sobre todo, pasar tiempo con su familia.

 

A Rafael le sobreviven sus hijos Benjamin (Maryellen) e Yvette (Michael Rice) con quienes hizo su hogar; hermanas Carmen Maria y Natividad; 6 nietos; 8 bisnietos; y muchas sobrinas y sobrinos, que lo llamaron cariñosamente "Tío", así como primos, familia de la iglesia y amigos. Además de su esposa y sus padres, fue precedido en la muerte por sus hermanos Juan, Francisca, Ramón, Ecedro, Feliciana, Ángel Manuel, Jacinto, Francisco y Juana.

 

Servicios at Iron City Baptist Church el Friday, June 14, 2024, at 10:00 AM. 

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