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Juan Ocasio Melendez, 1946-2021

Juan “Papo” Melendez, born February 21, 1946 in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, passed away peacefully at home in Waterbury CT surrounded by family on September 17, 2021. He also formerly resided in Ansonia CT and Beverly MA. He is survived by his wife Elaine, his children Thomas Melendez of Saugus MA, Catherine Estes of Peabody MA, Jason Melendez of Middletown CT, Tony Melendez of Waterbury CT, Xiomara Hernandez of Bayonne NJ, and Edwin Melendez of Waterbury CT. He also is survived by his siblings, Carmen, Israel, Margarita, Genoveva, Domingo, and Norma; and predeceased by his siblings Elba, Carlos, Ana, Esther, and Juan. He leaves behind many loving grandchildren, nieces & nephews, as well as other family and friends who will miss him dearly.


Papo will be remembered for his generous heart, his love of cars, his love of dancing, and he was always very particular about his appearance with extra care for his hair! He loved landscaping, music, tag sales, animals, and most of all - his family.


A celebration of his life will occur on Saturday, September 25th at the VFW Post 1979, in Wolcott. Unvaccinated attendees who are not fully vaccinated are respectfully asked to please wear appropriate face coverings.


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