Victor Manuel Colon-Rodriguez
October 15, 1935 – May 6, 2018
Victor Manuel Colon-Rodriguez, 82, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018 in Orlando, Fl. after a long battle with his worsening health conditions. He was born in Maunabo, Puerto Rico on October 15, 1935 and served proudly in the U.S. Army for 23 years and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was proceeded in death by his father, Sebastian Colon, his mother Leonides Rodriguez and his brother Carlos Velaquez. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Candida R. Colon-Salgado. His four children, Ana R. Colon-Liberatore, Victor L. Colon, Ruth D. Colon-Arvelo, and Maria D. Colon-Repass. His two grandchildren, Joseph A. Arvelo and Luis M. Arvelo. In addition, he is survived by his Roberto Colon-Rodriguez, Felipe Colon and his sister Margarita Colon. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Baldwin Fairchild Conway Funeral Home on 1413 S. Semoran Boulevard, Orlando , followed by the burial at the Glen Haven Memorial Park on 2300 Temple Drive, Winter Park. Lovingly known as "Papa"...he will be missed and honorably remembered by his family, friends and the public he served all his life.
- Memorial Service Saturday, May 19, 2018
- Reception Saturday, May 19, 2018
- Committal Service Saturday, May 19, 2018
Victor Manuel Colon-Rodriguez
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May 29, 2018
"I am blessed. I'm blessed to have what many people do not get in life. I have an amazing family. So many people in my family, many who are here today, that are always there for me with love, support, and the genuine care for my well-being as I do for them.
My grandfather, Victor Colon, was at the center of this family, someone that I think everyone could rely on. As many know, he's the of the highest honor, pride and respect that I've ever seen in any man. He was such a pillar and suck a foundation in bedded into our family that it almost makes me question how we can do it without having that pillar to help carry the weight of this family.
I've spent the past couple of days thinking about that very question a lot. What I've come to realize is that my grandfather was not just a pillar or a foundation. In fact, he was much more- he was was the engineer, he was the architect, he was the builder of the foundation. He's the man who built it. He created it, he formed it with his wisdom, with his personality, with his love, and sometimes, it was a hard love, but in all, it was always to help make myself a better man, or someone else a better person.
I realize that now, and I couldn't be more proud of my grandfather for the foundation he left our family to lean on, even past his death. He's blessed me with such insurmountable honor, respect, pride and his wisdom.
Although, he may not be with us today, I can still see him everywhere.
I see him in my mother Ruth.
I see him in my aunt Maria.
I see him in my aunt Ana.
I see him in my uncle Victor.
I see him in my brother Luis and in myself.
So , I do believe his spirit lives on. He lives on in all of us and I can still see it.
I can see all of this doings in each and everyone of us.
The man that you see before you, in me, today is because of Victor Colon.
And I couldn't be more proud of that.
May you Rest in Peace my grandfather. I am forever thankful for everything you gave. I Love you and will always miss you"