Fernando Eli Aponte

November 14, 1957October 9, 2020

Fernando Eli Aponte, 62 of Hartford, passed away on Friday, October 9th, 2020 at Hartford Hospital., Born in Poncé, Puerto Rico, he was the son of Haydee Leon and the late Fernando L. Aponte. Fernando was affectionately known as “Ché”, and could always be seen walking happily down the street, singing and helping out his neighbors, especially the elderly who needed help removing snow or bringing out their garbage cans. He was always there to lend a hand to anyone who needed it, even if it was a four-legged friend or local stray animal, who he would feed and care for. Ché loved his coffee! He was a big Dallas Cowboys fan and a gifted artist, but more than anything, he loved his family, especially his mother who meant the world to him. Besides his beloved mother, Haydee Sierra and her husband Santiago of Hartford, he is survived by eight sisters, Zulma Gonzalez of East Hartford, Maribel Aponte of Hartford, Wanda Jones and her husband (Hayden) of Windsor, Elizabeth Mayes and her husband Arthur of Hartford, Yolanda Aponte of Miami, Florida, Madeline Gonzalez and her husband Teddy of Puerto Rico, Elizabeth Alvarez and her husband William of Puerto Rico and Glorimar Rodriguez and her husband Felix of Orlando, Florida; seven brothers, Wilson Aponte of Hartford, Nelson Estremera of Hartford, Fernando Luis Aponte of Puerto Rico, Cesar Aponte of Puerto Rico, Axel Aponte and his wife Odalis of Puerto Rico, Abel Aponte of Puerto Rico and Elvin Aponte and his wife of Puerto Rico, a stepbrother, Angel Sierra of Spartanburg, South Carolina, four stepsisters, Brenda Sierra of Maryland, Sonia Sierra of Greenville, South Carolina, Maria Sierra of Florida and Christina Sierra of Greenville, South Carolina. He was predeceased by two sisters, Evelyn Martinez and Yolanda Estremera. The family will receive relatives and friends from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (October 15th) at D’Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter St., East Hartford. A prayer service will be held from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. during the calling hours on Thursday at the Funeral Chapel. The family will depart from D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning (October 16th) to process to Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, 1 Cottage Grove, Bloomfield for a graveside committal service and burial at 10 a.m. To leave a message for the family, please visit


  • Public Visitation

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Burial

    Friday, October 16, 2020


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Christina Sierra

October 15, 2020

Fernando, you were always kind and friendly. Your presence is truly missed. Rest In Peace my dear brother. Love Always, Titi

Brenda Sierra

October 14, 2020

Que en Paz descanses.

Yvonne Aponte

October 14, 2020

Wow another wonderful cousin I didn’t get to meet. I have so may family and don’t know them. He sounds like the best brother, friend, neighbor, cousin and especially son. May he sleep in peace and the family have comfort in all the memories gathered together with him. I love the Aponte Family.


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