D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT


Pedro Acosta Gonzalez

June 8, 1931September 9, 2019

Pedro Acosta Gonzalez, 88, of West Hartford, formerly of Hartford, passed away peacefully Monday September 9, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of Maria Acosta. Pedro was born in Yauco, Puerto Rico on June 8, 1931. He married Rosa Ortiz in 1949 and they had 8 children. The lord took Rosa and he became a widower in 1970. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. After serving his country, he worked as a correction officer for many years in Puerto Rico before eventually moving to the mainland where he met and married his loving wife Maria Cruz Hernandez and her 3 children. He went on to work and retire as a supervisor from Lewtan Industries in Hartford, CT. In retirement Pedro became a local icon, known by those who attended Weaver High School or lived in Bowles Park as the “candy man” Pedro. His humor and quick wit with the people of Bowles park would gain him the reputation for laughter and he became like family to Bowles Park and his neighbors. His signature was to call everyone, even his own family, either “Peter” or “Lucy”. His signature line, “I gotta go I’m late” was often said just as he arrived. A devout Christian he loved to attend church and sing, attending Templo Fe in Hartford. He loved watching all sports but loved most the Boston Red Sox. Besides his wife of Maria Acosta of 46 years, Pedro is survived by seven children, Pedro Antonio Acosta Ortiz and his wife Nelida of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Ada Evelyn Rodriguez of Tampa, Florida, Norma Iris Torres and her husband Moses of Kissimmee, Florida, Edwin Acosta and his wife Ada Judith of Hartford, Carlos Acosta and his wife Juanita of Hartford, Jorge Acosta and his wife Janet of Hartford and Margie Perales and her husband Edward of Manchester and Miguel Perales and his wife Jackie of Springfield, MA. He also leaves 22 grandchildren, a brother, Joaquin Acosta Rivera of Yauco, Puerto Rico and a sister, Lydia Acosta Lugo and her husband Carlos Lugo of Yauco, Puerto Rico. He was predeceased by three sons, Pedro Angel Acosta, Harry Acosta, and Jose Perales. A funeral service take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday (September 16th) at D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT. Burial with military honors will follow at 1:00 p.m. the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday (September 15th) from 3-6 p.m. at the funeral chapel. To leave a message of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.


  • Public Visitation Sunday, September 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 16, 2019
  • Burial with military honors Monday, September 16, 2019


Pedro Acosta Gonzalez

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Evelyn, Eddie and Family Gonzalez

September 15, 2019

Dear Pedro:
We know you are resting in peace in our loving Lord's arms. We will always remember you as a very happy, positive man who touched our lives in such a pleasant way. We thank God so much for bringing you into our lives, for the legacy you have left with all of us whose lives you touched and your family for sharing an awesome person like you with us. In you heaven has gained a very handsome, awesome angel who will care for us until we see You again-- You Will Be Forever In Our Hearts ♥️🌼

For Pedro's Family and Friends:
Isaiah 57:1-2
The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness-- 🙏Amen🙏!!
With Our Most Sincere Condolences

Maria( Antoinette) Diaz

September 13, 2019

It was a pleasure of knowing u since i was 6 or 7. I thank u 4 all the candy and Pepsi soda's .U treated me, everyone with love & respect and i truly appreciate u 4 that. God needed a another Angel to help him, So now u rest ur wings and continue watching over the family while we go on with our daily lives. Until we meet again sleep tight Pedro!!♡♡

Cynthia Perales

September 12, 2019

Abuelo, (my “Wello”)
I will always cherish my childhood memories of us. You were the only active grandfather I ever had my whole life, and that was ok because you were the best and all I needed. You spoiled us all! You were my big teddy bear. I hate that I could not be with you before you had to leave us, but I know and anticipate the day that we finally meet again. Watch over us until then, I love you Wello Pedro.

Anita Roldan

September 11, 2019

Abuelo, You were the best male role model in my life and I thank you for that. You gave me and my boys unconditional love. Life without you will be hard but I'm at peace knowing you are no longer suffering and are up in heaven looking down on us all. Heaven has gained a beautiful Angel, we shall meet again!!!

Margie Margie@dresslerlaw.com

September 10, 2019

Daddy thank you for all you did for me I will always cherish those beautiful moments and everything you taught me I thank God for blessing me with you. Love you🙏