OBITUARY

Jose Velez- Morillo

March 5, 1948February 17, 2021
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Jose “Chico” Velez-Morillo Punta Gorda, Florida- It is with a very heavy, broken heart, that our beloved Jose “Chico” Velez-Morillo, 72, originally from Caguas, Puerto Rico passed away on February 17, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 5, 1948 in Caguas, Puerto Rico, the son of Jose Manuel Velez and Ramona Morillo, who both predeceased him. On October 15, 2010, he married the love of his life, Cathy Jean Calcagni and they spent the next 20 years enjoying their love and life together. They moved from Poughkeepsie, NY to Punta Gorda, FL in 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed his new home and pool. Jose retired from the heating and air conditioning work he loved in 2011. He was a die-hard NY Yankee fan, and enjoyed many NASCAR races with his wife over the years. A member of the Last Chance Motorcycle Club, until he moved from NY, he enjoyed the friendship, fun and love of all his fellow bikers. Jose was a 37-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous and always credited the extra years that he lived to this fellowship. He was always there with a smile, a hug, an ear, or a shoulder to cry on for anyone who needed it. His strength and morals are a tribute to his heart and soul. He touched the lives of so many people with his experience, strength, and hope and will be deeply missed by all those who had the privilege to have known him. Survivors include his loving wife, Cathy, of Punta Gorda, FL, his son Jose Velez, Jr (Maria) of Cypress, CA, his daughter Carmen (Rudy) Sparkman, his stepdaughters Nicole and Heather DiTrocchio. He is also survived by his sister, Carmen (Victor) Hernandez, brother Jorge (Nereida) Velez, sister Mercedes (Juan) Alejandro, sister Margie Velez, and sister Lillian (Robert) Ryan. He leaves behind 9 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. A service will be held Wednesday, February 24th at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Punta Gorda and will be live streamed on the Church’s Facebook page. Immediately following the service, the Patriot Riders will provide a motorcycle escort to the Sarasota National VA Cemetery, where he will be buried with military honors.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Doramy Hernandez

February 24, 2021

Tio. Im want u to know that as a young boy I always looked up to you. To also know that all the things you've said to me through out the years and even days before your passing are not be taken for granted. I promise!. I will stay true to my word ! As of our last conversation ! I will now be looking up to the sky's and enjoy ur presence through my life! As I know u will be looking after me! I love u!! And I'll see u again!!

Dinorah Boglio

February 23, 2021

Tio,
My hero you will always be in my heart ♥️, you were such a gentle and loving man. Rolando also loved you very much . I know you you are in a beautiful place with angels. Te extrañare mucho no sabes cuanto. Praying for comfort for Cathy & all the family also my cousins Carmen & Ramon

Carmen/victor Hernandez

February 23, 2021

Dear brother I can’t believe you are not longer physical around. I will miss you. I will miss your call saying hey Carmen Maria how are you doing. Always end with the Phrase PEACE AND LOVE. I sure know you are in a better place arounds Ángels singing Saint, Saint, Saint it’s the Lord. We will meet again. Love ❤️ you my dear brother. We miss you already. Comfort for all our family’s ,

Mercedes Alejandro

February 22, 2021

Bob Sedia

February 22, 2021

Dear Cathy and Family,
We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Jose. We have such great memories of our times together over the years. Always fun times and,of course, discussions about the Yankees.
He will be missed.
We are here for you Cathy....
Love,
Bob and Marilyn Sedia

Betty Mittel

February 21, 2021

Cathy, My Thoughts and Special Prayers are with you at this difficult time. May you dwell upon the joy, love, and kindness Jose brought to your life and all the lives he touched. Remember, you need not walk this journey alone. We are all here to walk alongside you and hold your hand. Love Always. Betty

Patricia Theroux

February 21, 2021

Carmen, and family, my heart goes out to you over your loss of Jose. I started praying for you all as soon as I heard he was in hospice. It must feel as if your pain will never end. God bless you and keep you with the peace that passes all understanding which only He can give.

Noel Peña

February 21, 2021

Though we have seen each other few times . Every memory with you will always be cherished. I will miss you

Gloria N. Velez, Owens

February 20, 2021

Take comfort in knowing from our young Love,We created 2 wonderful children, whom will live on as your Legacy. RIP Jose
Gloria

Asia Pena

February 20, 2021

Thank you for all the happy memories. There will never be a time I won't miss you. Rest well grandpa until we meet again ❤

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