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Manuel Maldonado Rivera
May 18, 1950 ~ August 14, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to a beloved husband, father, and friend, Manuel Maldonado, who embarked on his final journey on August 14, 2023. Born in the quaint town of Coabey Jayuya, Puerto Rico, on May 18, 1950, Manuel's remarkable journey through life was one that touched the hearts of all who knew him.
Manuel's roots took hold in Dunkirk, NY, In 1967 where he began his life's journey. In 1999, the call of warmer shores led him to Jacksonville, FL, where he continued to sow the seeds of love, kindness, and laughter.
Born to Juan Maldonado and Gloria Rivera Maldonado, Manuel inherited not only their names but also their unwavering spirit. He was the devoted and cherished husband of Ada Maldonado Salgado for an incredible 55 years. Their love story was one that inspired all who witnessed it—a testament to the power of enduring companionship.
Together, Manuel and Ada nurtured a beautiful family. Their legacy lives on through their children: Ada (Pablo) Miranda, Stephanie (Javier) Robles, Manuel Jr. Maldonado and Rafael. As the family continued to grow, so did the circle of love, encompassing seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Manuel's heart was as vast as the sky, embracing each member of his family with warmth and affection.
His affections were not limited to his human kin alone. Manuel's heart had room for six cat companions, who brought him joy and comfort in their own unique way. His love extended to his ten siblings as well, including Ivan Maldonado, Elfida Lopez, Juan Maldonado Jr., Mirsa Maldonado, Randolfo Maldonado, Carmen Echevarria, Glorimar Maldonado, Sonia Vinchattle, Junior Maldonado, and Yolanda Maldonado, who shared in his journey and memories.
A man of simple pleasures, Manuel found his solace in the arms of nature. The thrill of the hunt, the tranquility of fishing, and the beauty of the outdoors were his companions through the seasons. He was a man who felt most at home in the great outdoors, finding serenity in the rustling leaves and the whispers of the wind.
Manuel's passions were as diverse as the colors of a sunset. A fan of speed, he found excitement in watching NASCAR, and his hands were never still when it came to tinkering with cars. He had a knack for fixing things, a trait that made him not only a skilled mechanic but also the go-to person for those seeking a helping hand.
As the sun would set, Manuel's day would often wind down with a drink or two in hand, shared with friends and loved ones. These moments were the threads that wove the fabric of cherished memories—a reminder of his ability to find joy in the simple pleasures of life.
His journey through life took him on various paths, from managing a farm to being a skilled mechanic. But it was within the walls of Sacred Heart Catholic Church that he found a deeper connection. As a devoted member, Manuel's faith was a cornerstone of his life, providing him with solace and a sense of purpose.
Manuel Maldonado's legacy is one of warmth, love, and genuine connection. His smile, his laughter, and his unyielding spirit will forever echo in the hearts of those he leaves behind. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary man, let us remember the lessons he taught us: to embrace our loved ones tightly, to find solace in the embrace of nature, and to cherish every moment we're given.
In the tapestry of life, Manuel's thread will forever be intertwined with ours. His legacy will live on through the generations he touched and the memories he created. As the sun sets on his earthly journey, we find solace in the knowledge that his spirit will forever shine brightly in the hearts of those who were privileged to know him.
Rest in peace, dear Manuel, and may your soul find eternal tranquility in the embrace of the heavens.