David Robert Velez

12 December, 197521 December, 2020

David Robert Velez, 45, passed away on December 21, 2020 and is survived by his wife and soulmate of 11 years Kristen (Gemino) Velez and the love of his life, his son, Noah. David will be greatly missed by his father, Freddy Velez; his mother Lourdes Hipper; his sister Andrea Delgado; his brothers Anthony and Robert Velez; his parents-in-law Gary and Bonnie Gemino; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Alison and Joseph Wendling. He was loved by countless aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends. The Velez family extends a special heartfelt thank you to Titi Mary, Uncle Manny, and cousins Adrian and Anthony for all their help during this difficult time.

David was originally from Brooklyn, NY who moved to Waterbury to graduate from Crosby High School. Afterwards, he became a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps and upon being discharged, returned to Connecticut to fall in love and marry his wife Kristen.

David was known to be the best hugger and was always lending a hand to family and friends whether it was working around the house or helping his father-in-law in the yard. Family and friends will miss his cooking and his backyard barbeques as he was known as the “The Grill Master.” His grandmother from Puerto Rico instilled in him his love for chicken and affectionately gave him the nickname “Pollo loco.”

David’s favorite place was vacationing at Moody’s Cottages at Crescent Beach, Maine with his family. The Velez family plans to have a celebration of his life when circumstances permit. The DellaVecchia Funeral Home in Wolcott has been entrusted with arrangements. For online condolences please visit

Please consider making a memorial contribution in David's memory to the college fund established for his son Noah Velez: Code: 734-C74

We love you David, you will be sorely missed by all of us.


David Robert Velez

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Samuel Feliciano

14 January 2021

Dave.. My brother my friend. The Marine Corp lost another brother too soon. Semper Fi! I remember us riding around Harlem and Jersey City. That weekend was Puerto Rican Day parade. You took me to see the Big Pun Mural in the Bronx. Always smiling and laughing. Being at your wedding with your friends and family. I am blessed to have the memories and will share them with your son one day. Your in Gods hands now and will be missed. Till we see each other again. Love you bro

Jasmine Morales

14 January 2021

I’ll never forget when we went to the pool hall in Manhattan years ago, we laughed so hard...that was a good day! Time has a way of passing by...and before you know it it’s been years since last speaking...I pray you are at peace are missed❤️

Fredy Velez

14 January 2021

Words cannot express what a great loss you are to me but the great bond we had I will continue with my grandson Noah. I will miss you but it's only a temporary good bye. I love you son.

Your Father

Maria Buhl

2 January 2021

Dearest Lourdes and Andrea, I did not have the chance to get to know David except through you ladies. I know that he loves his wife and son. I know that he was a hard worker. Knowing the type of women you are (strong, confident), I am sure he was a good man. My heart goes out to you but also his wife and son. May God protect you always and guide you through this most difficult time as you process grief and healing.
Maria Buhl

Dinah Fuentes

30 December 2020

My last memory of David was at his mom's wedding. I hadn't seen him in years but he remembered me. He sat at our table and we had a really nice time. He was quite funny too. He had everyone laughing at our table. He was a good guy with a kind spirit. Although he is no longer with us physically, his spirit will always live on in our hearts and I'm sure he will be watching over his family. My deepest condolences to the family. I can't imagine the pain you are going through right now but I pray that you are able to find comfort and peace with the wonderful memories you share with him. May he rest in God's eternal glory.

Andrea Tiso

29 December 2020

I have so many memories with David to his places in nyc, his dads in jersey, weekend visits, you finally moving to Ct, cookouts, holidays, just hanging out. My heart breaks for your whole family. I never thought when we introduced you to Kristen that you guys would get married, have Noah & have such an amazing life together! I’m so happy I could be a part of it all. You were always so good to me & I will always miss hearing “what’s up Lg” lol after 20 years that nickname never went away! You will always be my family David & I will always be here for your family if they need me. Rest In Peace & watch over everyone! You will be missed but we will always keep your spirit alive

Felix Marquez

28 December 2020

A real example of how to be 100% real, loving, caring, a man, a husband, father, friend .. always open arms and welcoming... would keep it honest and a real example of how people SHOULD be.. haven't seen D in a whiel but he has always been in my heart. Kristen will always be in my heart as well and Noah. One thing i learned from him was that being a real man included finding a woman that you care about above all things and dedicating your self to her..his wedding will always be one of THE BEST TIMES ive ever spent.. my prayers to the family..

Michael Fernandez

28 December 2020

I remember when rick first took me to your crib in weehawken. When I introduced myself, you dapped me and gave me a hug. You had ordered Chinese food and offered me food before you started eating. After that day, we became close. We started chillin on the regular. Once I told you I was a rapper, you asked me for a cd of my music. The day after I gave it to you, I walked in your crib and you were blasting my cd and rapping my lyrics. That meant a lot to me. You were truly genuine. One of my favorite memories was when all of us went to philly to watch the Mets play the Phillies. We stayed up in the telly playin baseball on Xbox for hours. You will be missed and NEVER FORGOTTEN💯 LOVE YOU FOREVER💯

Bruce Neville

28 December 2020

Dear Kristen, Bonnie, Gary ,Ali, and Family

We're so sorry to here of the loss of David. Our thought and prayers go out to you, and your family at this time. May David rest in peace.

Bruce and Diane Neville

Chelsea Gonzalez

27 December 2020

Tio Dave! Don’t even know where to start, it breaks my heart to know you will no longer be around. Let me start off by saying, thank you for being such a great god father to me. Thank you for leaving a big impact on both my parents lives, they loved you dearly. You and Kristen came to my high school graduation in the pouring rain,(which was outside) things like that are unforgettable. I wish I could’ve reminded you more while you were here how grateful and how much love I have for you. But will meet again soon🤍 I’ll be graduating college soon and I wish you were there to see it! I’ll make sure little Noah finishes school, but I know he’s going to do amazing! I hope wherever you are, you’re resting and enjoying the “afterlife”. I’ll miss and love you forever, til we meet again.

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