29 July, 1940 – 19 February, 2021
Juan Zayas, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all, passed away at the age of 80 at his home in Englewood Florida on February 19, 2021. He was born on July 29, 1940 in Comerio, Puerto Rico and at the age of 20 he volunteered to serve his country by joining the United State Air Force as an Aircraft Mechanic. Juan was a proud Vietnam Veteran, traveled the world, and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant after serving a distinguished and honorable 25 year career. After retirement, he joined then Florida Steel, now Gerdau-Ameristeel and retired as a Maintenance Supervisor after 21 years of dedicated service. He was a passionate fisherman and a skilled jack of all trades ready to help out any neighbor in need. Mr Zayas’ survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary Zayas, sons Freddie and Roberto Zayas, sisters Maria Rodriguez, Carmen Michelson and Carmen White, brother David Zayas, three grandchildren, and one great grandchild. The family plans a private service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Air Force Aid Society (https://afas.org/ways-to-give/, scroll to tribute giving, in memory of), or to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (http://www.vfw.org/donate/give-now).
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6 March 2021
Juan will be dearly missed. I will forever remembered my dear cousin as beloved 'Tocayo'. A respected role model whom inspired and challenged me to do better and seek a better way of life which eventually led me to a long military career. We enjoyed some fishing and boating times together-times I will always cherish. Also, occasional vacations which started when I was an 11-year old kid in Puerto Rico and continued in Englewood and the Golf. My gratitude is eternal to him and to his wife Mary for always having their doors open for me. Our deepest condolences to the whole family...And we'll meet again!
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 March 2021
I am so proud to have had the honor and privilege to call this man My uncle! I always would get so excited when they would come and visit our family, it was fun and joyful! I know my dad and mom always enjoyed having him and aunt Mary for a visit, always laughing, sharing stories! I last visited my uncle and aunt in Englewood when I vacationed in Florida a few years ago, I‘ll always remember the nice memories of going to a fair, and just hanging around and listening to him tell stories of some of his travels in foreign countries. His smile would light a room, his kindness and generosity endless. I will miss him terribly, but will never forget him, he holds a special place in my heart. Rest In Peace tío!❤️🥰, Evelyn
Alain & Donna Arroyas
22 February 2021
We are very sad to hear of Juan’s passing. He shall be missed on Oakwood Circle. Please accept our sincere condolences. Descansa en pas Juan. Sincerely, Alain and Donna Arroyas
22 February 2021
We will miss Juan. He was a wonderful, dear soul; so kind, friendly and caring. We will miss seeing him on his walks around the neighborhood. Our neighborhood was blessed to have him and the country blessed to have him serve in the Air Force.
God bless Juan!