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Today we'll be laying my father to rest.  He passed away last Wednesday from severe pneumonia complicated with Stage 4 Lung Cancer.  He lived a good life, so I want to share a bit of it with you.  On part of it is the piece I wrote called HIS BOOK.  The other part of it I've shared below.

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In Loving Memory of LEONCIO MARTINEZ
September 12, 1944 to March 16, 2016

Leoncio “Papo” Martinez, adored by so many, is survived by his four children: Alegna C, Yvonne MB, Valerie MV and Joseph M, and their mother, Angela F.  He is lovingly remembered by his children’s spouses: James, Lisle, Luis and Amanda, and eight grandchildren:  Beth, Raven, Austin, Jadeen, Gabriel, Rikku, Zerase and Harley. He is also devotedly remembered by his girlfriend Noemi, her son Christopher, as well as many family members and friends across the country and in Puerto Rico.

Born in Cataño, Puerto Rico in 1944 to Felix Martinez and Ramona Fonseca, he was the second youngest of seven children.  Papo moved to New York City when he was 21 years old.  He was always good at fixing things and used his talents working as an auto mechanic and later as an HVAC technician for over 30 years. He could take apart any car or air conditioning unit and put it back together just as well as the manufacturer!  He also loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and deep sea fisherman, bringing home venison and his best catches! 

Though he lived in New York City, Puerto Rico was always his home in his heart and soul, and the source of his passion in life. Papo could be described as the Puerto Rican Ambassador of El Barrio (Spanish Harlem).  Every year, he decorated East 105th street with bonita banderas Puerto Riqueñas to celebrate his Puerto Rican pride. He had no fear of climbing high in order to place flags on top of fire escapes and light posts. Music was also always part of Papo’s life.  He was known for playing congas, the guiro, and other instruments.  He was a great salsa dancer and was happy to teach those who had two left feet! Wherever there was music and dance you would find Papo enjoying it with a cerveza in his hand and a smile on his face.

He had a great sense of humor, helped those in need, and showed strength even when he struggled.  He was a great father, partner, friend, protector, and a proud man who was filled with life.  And he will be missed immensely.

A viewing and prayer service will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 3:00PM - 9:00PM.  Per his request, he will be cremated and his remains taken to Puerto Rico and spread in the Caribbean waters.

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MacaronOwl Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, thank you so much for the cake! ^^
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Sarahlovesyouuu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the cake and for the watch babe! Feel free to note me if you'd like to commission me! :love: :flirty:
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Oscar-Manuel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!!!
I hope you have an amazing day. 
Greetings from Mexico Day34 - Cinco De Mayo 
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Ara-Lynn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH!
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Oscar-Manuel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome :) 
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MargaretartMML Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the waching!
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Ara-Lynn Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!  :-)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Professional
Thank you for adding me to your friend list
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Ara-Lynn Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome on both counts.  :-)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Professional
Thank you for the cake
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