Miguel A. Mendez dies at 62

Tuesday 08 February 2022

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On February 5, 2022, Miguel A. Mendez died at the age of 62. He was a beloved father, grandfather and husband. He was the beloved husband of Arelis (Peguero) Mendez. He was the beloved father of Aracelis Mendez, Yanet Mendez, Ana C. Mendez and Miguel Mendez, loving grandfather of Jerusalem and Miguel J. Leon.

Born in the Dominican Republic, son of the late Miguel and Altagracia (Baldezpina) Mendez.

He was a jeweler for the Rona Jewelry Corp in Warwick.

Miguel was a charismatic prankster who always lit up the room with his big personality. When he entered a quiet room, he immediately started talking to everyone. If he went to a restaurant, he would not only be super nice to the waitress/server, he would ask her questions about her day, what to eat, and give her a playful nickname.

He loved baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox, enjoyed playing dominoes with friends and family, and watching karate movies. In his youth, he was a black belt in karate and had the opportunity to teach many people in the Dominican Republic as well as Puerto Rico. He lived a very active life. He rode a motorbike, loved swimming, eating out, and always came up with nicknames for everyone.

He enjoyed cooking for his family and would accommodate any request from his daughters. His specialties included rice and prawns, salmon, pork shoulder, and rice and peas (moro de guandule). He loved music, especially 80s salsa. Some of his favorite songs were the song la juma de ayer by Paquito Guzman, El hombre incredible by Marvin Santiago and Pedro Navaja by Ruben Blades. He was a strong and humble man who liked to make people laugh.

Miguel was a noble-hearted man who touched many lives. His memory will live on through his family and friends. His grace, kindness and strength encouraged us all to always live fully and take no moment for granted. He will live through all the many lives he touched, especially his family. His benevolent spirit and wise words of wisdom will be carried on forever by all those close to him.

The family will hold a wake for Miguel Mendez on Thursday, February 10 between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Woodlawn Funeral Home located at 600 Pontiac Ave, Cranston, RI. Masks are mandatory.

His funeral and burial will be private.

The Mendez family would like to thank the CNAs, nurses and all staff at Berkshire Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. We also want to thank Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and all of their excellent doctors in the transplant unit.

Miguel will live on in our hearts and will be missed forever. Please share memories at Woodlawn Funeral Home.

To send flowers to the family or to plant a tree in memory of Miguel A. Mendez, please visit the Floral Boutique.

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