Roberto Velez

Roberto Velez, a longtime resident of the Bronx, died on December 15, 2020. He was 59.


Mr. Velez was born on March 31, 1961 in New York City to Juan Velez and Eulalia Melendez. He was a parishioner of Holy Family Church and was a supporter of the Castle Hill Little League, the Holy Family Church Basketball League, and the Top Dog Pet Shelter. For many years he worked as an operating engineer for the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City.


He is survived by his sons, Roberto C. Velez and his wife Jennifer Wong Velez, and Caesar Velez and his wife Any Mazariegos; his granddaughter, Arya Nora Velez; his former wife, Maria Ruiz; and his sisters, Awilda Velez, Olga Velez, and Rosie Lear.


Visiting will be Monday from 4-6pm (for immediate family only) and 6-8pm (open to the public) at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 10am at Holy Family Church, 2158 Watson Avenue, Bronx. Interment will follow at St. Raymond’s Cemetery, 2600 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx.


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  1. Awilda Velez on December 18, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Thank you for putting this together for my brother.
    Awilda Velez

    • Tatiana Jourbina on December 19, 2020 at 3:10 am

      Dear Roberto. I can’t believe I’m not going to see you around. For so many years working together! You was good, fun, fool of life person. I will miss you. So sad.So sad. Rest In Peace Roberto.
      And my condolences for the family. This is not a easy time for all of you.

    • Julie FOB on December 19, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Your brother was one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. I didn’t know why we had stopped our daily morning texting. May god bless you your nephews and entire family.

  2. Olga Velez on December 18, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you sweet Jesus, for your strength and guidence. Take my brothers’ hand and walk him through heavens’ gate. For his sons and family, may you comfort us and give us strength to carry on. I love you little brother, I see you when I get there.

    Your sister an fam.

    Olga Velez

    • Awilda Velez on December 20, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      My heart is weary buy my love for you and the memories we shared will carry me through. You leave us loving you and missing you dearly.

      May God Almighty lift you up high so your soul and spirit soar throughout Eternity in Heavenly Peace.

      Until We Meet Again My Brother
      Awilda Velez

  3. Margarita Colon on December 18, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    May God hold in the palms of his hands. May the Angels surround him peace and love. To this wonderful man who was so loved. To my friend Awilda , I love you with all my heart. I hope that you have solace in all the good times we shared with him. God Bless. Love Margie

    • Carlos Paredes on December 18, 2020 at 7:51 pm

      Roberto era in gran amigo y companero de trabajo en el 4 seasons. Me dolio mucho su perdida. Ya esta al lado del Creador y vamos a extranarlo pero nunca morira porque siempre lo recordare con mucho carino. Pocos como tu al tan alegre y caballero. Descansa en paz querido amigo.

    • Tata on December 19, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      To the Velez family i give my deepest condolences.Tito I thank god for knowing you,I will miss you dearly you were a great friend, great lovable person.Sleep in peace.
      I pray that whoever took you from us all get what they deserve!!!

  4. Manny Santiago on December 18, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    I going to miss him so much, how he always made time to say hi to me and joke that he wanted to grow up and be like me, and always having a treat for my dog flip. I pray Gods plan to take him home will not be in vain. For I know he touched me and my family life deeply. May my Lord and redeemer welcome him home. God bless.

    • Esther Leon on December 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      My dear Roberto, I’m so sad that you’re not longer here phisicaly with us, you will forever in my heart and mind, thank you for your friendship Rest in peace!

    • rosie on December 18, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      My dearest baby brother…your life was hard…your strengths were immense.. your giving was great!!!
      you and I were as close as we could have been..given all of life’s circumstances…and for that..I’m grateful!!!
      I’ll see you later….praying that your journey is met with speed…..say hello for me to
      ny..titi…and all of our departed souls when you meet up with them again!!!!!!
      You are sorely missed my baby brother!!!!
      PS. what’s the dealiooo?

      • Rosie on December 18, 2020 at 5:55 pm

        Hey Tito..its Rosie. again…I neglected to point out that our brother..and your closest buddy and sibling..Junebug is there with open arms to greet you!..I know how you have missed him!!.Peace!!!


    • Martha Rosario on December 18, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      Roberto: te voy a extrañar muchisimo, gracias por tantos años de amistad. Le pido a Dios por fortaleza para su Esposa e Hijos. Tengo tantos recuerdos tuyos, como me hacias reir cada dia and im going to miss you. May your soul rest in peace my dear friend.

  5. Pablo Torres on December 18, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Just a little message to the Velez family, Olga, Rosie, and Awilda! “ Those we love don’t go away, they walk besides us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near. Still love, still miss, but very near.” Tito my man, I will see you in paradise! May my Lord and Savior, Jesus, comfort and bless you all, through this difficult time! My prayer are with you guys!

  6. Brunilda Reyes on December 18, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Words can not express the sadness I feel of your loss my life long dear friend.. Our journey’s in life took us in different directions but every so often we connect and reminisce of good times. I would say to you that you were my Andy Garcia look alike and you laugh and say you’ve been told .. We were my children hood friend but family to me because our families were super close. Since the little handsome boy to the handsome man your smile was everything. I will miss connecting with you and seeing that smile. I will cherish our memories forever!! Join your love ones in Heaven and Rest In Ever lasting Peace Until we meet again, Bruni

  7. Miguel Santiago on December 18, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    My Co worker my dearest friend thanks for everything you did for me you will be missed but never forget

  8. Ruben Gordillo four seasons engineering department on December 18, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    To Roberto family may God Bless all and to my coworker for 17 years all I have is to remember is all you did for me at the hotel from fist day, a lot of thanks will keep you in my heart and mind
    Robert just remembering always this worlds we share every work day I LOVE YOU, you care for us you fight for us you were here for us and much more, amigo may God have you on his side. You are now in google place Gods home to early but Bless
    Su agradecido amigo por siempre Rubén

  9. Anne Gob on December 18, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    “Presioso” Not sure of the proper spelling but fond of calling each other for 27yrs will definitely be missed so much when I return back to the hotel! Your kindness, generosity & positivity you exude always will be missed most!
    To the family & friends of Roberto, my deepest sympathy to all of you. May God bless all of you & may time heal & ease your wounds & pains.
    May Roberto/presioso Rest In Peace in the arms of our Lord.
    Anne Gob
    Spa & Fitness
    Four Seasons Hotel

  10. Hector R. on December 18, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Inspired for Our Brother…
    The Angels are Rejoicing as The Lord gathered them around to announced that a Knew name will be added to The Book of Life. In quiet, The Angels waited for The Lord to announce Roberto Velez is now written into The Book of Life. Amen

  11. CLAUDINE POLO on December 18, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    My deepest condolences to Roberto’s family. I will always remember him as being helpful whenever I ask something of him. And I will always remember his laugh. Four Seasons will not be the same without you

    Rest In Peace Roberto
    Claudine Polo
    Four Seasons Hotel

  12. Anton on December 18, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    My greatest uncle ever and the closest thing to a father since my father’s passing. Your impact on my life has been immense and at times intense, from childhood to adulthood. You will truly be missed. Say what’s up to Pops for me. Love you Tio.
    Anton Velez

  13. Rodney Gyimah on December 18, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    I am short of words that’s a big loss for our four seasons dream team, you will be forever miss it was such a beautiful thing knowing you may your gentle soul rest in the bosom of the creator till the ‘D’ day-we ask our Lord to protect and guide you my sincere condolences to the beautiful and blessed family

  14. Gary Miller on December 18, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    I can’t believe Roberto gone . I had a great memories with him for long time. He always teased me when I met and tired. He made me cheer up and joked “I love you “ at me. I will miss seeing him around at the hotel. I love you, Roberto in heaven. Rest In Peace, Roberto! -Gary Miller, housekeeper department.

  15. Maria V Franco on December 18, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    It was amazing the times shared with Roberto, and I hope he is now resting in peace,in God’s eternal glory.

  16. Claudette Alliance on December 18, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Roberto my condolences to your family, may you Rest In Peace. My friend This is a big loss to us your Four Seasons families as well, you was my partner more then 20 years ago,when we took a CPR class, we were partners in the class. We always greet each other (partner)
    Roberto family, He was a very polite, respectful, & good men. I am so sorry for your loss May God give you strength. God Bless you All

  17. B. Gonzalez on December 18, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    My deepest condolences to Roberto’s beautiful family. Roberto was an amazing individual, always grateful for what he had, his family….he always spoke about his love for his sons, his granddaughter and his best friend, Maria. I only worked with him for ten months and in those months he was always there to help and cheer everyone up, I will miss our most sincerest conversations about the great losses in our lives. Roberto, you will be immensely missed and I thank you for all your kind words….please tell Jerome, the kids and I are ok… and that one day we’ll meet again. – BG

  18. Michael Angelo Savino on December 18, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Roberto thank you for taking the time to check up on us to see if we are staying positive and focused. You’re a good man who cared about others when you saw them struggling. I will miss you and I’ll never forget those smiles and kind words you left me with. Bless you brother I pray you are a peace

    Michael Angelo Savino
    Four Seasons Hotel family

  19. Vadim & Tatyana Shpolyansky on December 18, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    We were blessed to work with Roberto for 27 years at the Four Seasons Hotel, and he was a great great man! He will be so deeply missed . We send our condolences and love to his family.

    With love,
    Vadim & Tatyana Shpolyansky

  20. Roberto Thompson on December 18, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Love you Uncle Tito❤❤❤❤God bless your soul…………thank you for the time I spent with you …your advice and your help……not enough words to put into a paragraph to tell you how much you will always be loved by so many……may God take care of you forever…..I know you got a Golden ticket❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  21. Rena Santomauro on December 18, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    My sincere condolences to Roberto’s family and friends. He was an amazing man with a golden heart. He lives on in our hearts forever. He will be missed

  22. Cherryl Evelyn. on December 18, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    My deepest condolences to Roberto’s family. It was great knowing and working with you for the past 24 years . As every one said you was a kind and gentle person i too can attest to that. On our PM shift together, you always wore a smile on your face. I will miss your soft gentle words. Rest In Peace. Roberto. Four Seasons Family will surely miss you.
    Cherryl Evelyn

    • Joanne Budge on December 19, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      I was extremely saddened to hear of Roberto’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Roberto at the Four Seasons for all most 15 years. He was a kind and gentleman man. If he didn’t see me for awhile, he would stop by my office, poke his head in and say…”I haven’t seen you, just checking up on you to make sure you are O.K.”, that was Roberto, always thinking of someone else, he was so generous to all of our various charity events. Roberto may you Rest In Peace, you will be deeply missed. You are in God’s loving hands. My deepest condolences to the Velez family.
      Joanne Budge

    • Stuart on December 21, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      I am so heartbroken!!! Roberto was truly the most genuine, caring, smart & helpful man, anyone could ever know!!! May the hand of the Lord protect his Family at this tremendous time of pain!!!! I truly will miss Roberto, and I am so so glad, I had the opportunity to work with him, the last 5 years!!! I’m terribly heartbroken in his passing!!!
      Four Seasons Hotel

  23. Robert olivo on December 18, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    My sincere condolences to Roberto’s family.He was an amazing man with a golden heart.
    Roberto and I would have so many great conversation and laughs and some ended in tears or just in a big bro hug. It’s so hard to believe that he’s now gone. I will always keep you in my thoughts and in my heart.
    They say……
    A great friend is something to be cherished, whether they remain by your side in this life or wait for you in the next.”
    Till next time my brother…
    Robert Olivo
    4 Seasons… Stewarding.

  24. Toni Maruez on December 18, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Dear Lord ,
    Welcome your child home to a place of love and eternal light. His passing has been an unexpected event in the many lives and many hearts that loved him, so we trust you dear Lord to leave all his loving, caring thoughts and actions he shared in his lifetime with those he has left behind to join you in Glory.

  25. Toni on December 18, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Four Season Hotel
    Thank you for sharing and caring for me in a critical time of my life. May God bless your family in this time. You will always be remembered

  26. Tiffany Rivera on December 18, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    It is always hard to understand what we can not, but I know you are experiencing true joy and peace and that in itself gives me comfort. Selflessness is one of the many beautiful virtues you possessed and I am forever grateful for the time I had with you as my God Father. Love you dearly.

  27. Noelia RAMOS on December 18, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Eventhough I personally never Met you I felt that I knew you because of how well a well the spoke of you I remember you calling her on the phone and she would light up with the biggest smile she would turn around and say it’s my brother . Sorry my friend for your lost I know that you must be sad especially the holidays. Know THAT he will always be with you IN Jesus name we pray. AMEN

  28. Angela Cui on December 18, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    My condolences to Roberto’s family l’m going to miss him it was a pleasure to work with him.

  29. Abdul khan on December 19, 2020 at 12:26 am

    This is so sad. My heart goes out to him and his family. I send my condolences to his family. He was a great person!

  30. Nicole on December 19, 2020 at 12:32 am

    My sincere condolences to Roberto’s Family

  31. Yuka F on December 19, 2020 at 12:59 am

    My condolences to Roberto’s family l’m going to miss him it was a pleasure to work with him. Rest In Peace

  32. Tina on December 19, 2020 at 1:36 am

    Love you Uncle Tito and although my heart is broken I know you are no longer suffering. Such a charismatic and happy guy. God bless you always love you always and forever❤️

  33. Norma Velez on December 19, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Maria, I truly mourn for your loss and can’t believe the turn of events that have taken Tito from us. You have always been a strong woman and I know these times are rough but you will endure. Your sons have risen to the occasion and having watched them grow up I am very proud of them. Roberto was one of a kind and I will miss him greatly. We shared both good and bad times together as families often do. He was always there for my sons and for that I am grateful. May he Rest In Peace. He is with his brother June now.

  34. Michael Fiasconaro on December 19, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Roberto, you were a gentleman of gentleman. I had the honor of working with you at Four Seasons for 4 years. Knowing you made me a better person. You made my day each morning. You were such an inspiration to all who knew you. I will miss you deeply. I was looking forward in visiting the hotel soon, and you were the one person I was going to hunt down and make sure we caught up. Heaven has gained one of the best. Rest in Peace my freind.

  35. Nancy and Moncho on December 19, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Heaven, received sn angel to soon, you’re be missed. You’ll like a brother to me. To ur family sorry for ur loss. We love you and you’re live in our hearts forever.

  36. Colleen on December 19, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    You will be missed. You always had a smile and a kind word. See you at the “Big Meeting” in the sky save me a seat.

  37. Alba Mendez on December 19, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    I will miss you my friend. Rest In Peace. I loved you like a brother. You always looked out for everyone. I will see you in heaven. You will always be my Linda’s Tío Robert.

  38. Myrna Torres-Rosado on December 19, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Robert (Bobby). Cuando llegue a NY te conoci por medio de mi esposo Rudie que fue tu hermano y amigo por muchos anos. Compartimos alegrias y tristezas juntos, pero tu siempre tenias una sonrisa y un chiste para todo. Para mi fuiste como un hermano que nunca podre olvidar. Tus hijos y mis hijos crecieron juntos. Tu siempre seras mi hermano y amigo. Se que ahora te encuentras en paz y que donde estes vas a velar por todos nosotros. Pido a Dios que nos volvamos a encontrar. Siempre te llevaremos en nuestro corazon. Vuela alto mi hermano y amigo. Dios ilumine tu alma siempre.

  39. Olga Torres on December 20, 2020 at 2:07 am

    Death may have taken you away from me, but it could never take away your memories. You will always be in my heart, in your own special place. My one and only Roberto,❤️ RIP


  40. Susanna Steele on December 20, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Much love to Roberto ‘s family during this hard time. Robertos kindness and sincere caring was special; as a Four Seasons midtown family member. I got the pleasure of knowing Roberto and his genuine kindness. Very sad news. Roberto will be remembered; Robertos kind sprit lives on; feeling blessed to have been touched by your kindness . My you Rest In Peace.

  41. Hector Pereira Ruiz on December 20, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    My condolences to the whole family! Rest in peace Uncle Robert! I will never forget you and neither will the advice you gave me! I do not say goodbye I say see you later!

  42. BB Claxton Sierra on December 20, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Tito, you will be missed. You always had a good word for everyone. Never said anything bad about any one. All who knew you, loved you. I will miss you. The 117th Street La Familia reunion will not be the same without you. The same for the 117th Stickball Reunion. It is very difficult to lose childhood friends…so many laughs and so many memories. Rest peacefully my friend. I pray for Awilda, your children, and all your family. May God give them the strength to handle this difficult time. God rest your soul.

  43. Andre on December 20, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    My one and only uncle,
    Thank you for always being there when I needed you. I will miss your wisdom, strength and humor. I’ll continue to follow your advice and as you would say, take things one day at a time. I am forever grateful to have had you in my life. Love you Tio! Until we meet again.

    • Adela Adorno on December 20, 2020 at 8:34 pm

      Robert, you promised me that you would take care of my sister and your son’s until your last breath and you kept that promise. I know you will continue doing that from heaven. Rest in peace dear Robert until we meet again and joke and laugh together.

  44. Diana Delgado on December 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Roberto; todo fue tan de repente,te voy a extrañar tu energía tu buena vibra,me hacías reír y compartíamos el amor por los perritos.Estas en la casa De Dios .Descanza en paz AMIGO.

  45. Gloria M Rivera on December 21, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    My dear friend I will miss you specially during the summer when I would bump into you on the streets of Harlem. Every time we meet you would make me laugh. I will miss that. Until we meet again.

  46. Filiberto “Goose” Guzman on December 22, 2020 at 12:37 am

    Deepest sympathy to the Velez family. May you be able to find peace & be blessed in this unfortunate time of grief. Our condolences for Phil & Veronica Guzmán

  47. Bully313 on December 25, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    First and foremost i want to send my deepest condolences to the Velez Family. Tito we grew up together since i could remember and u was always so humble. I last seen u about 3 or 4 weeks ago .we were getting rec on chona . And i just heard about what happened to u a few days ago and it was hard for me to believe what happened to u . It hit me really hard and i still can’t believe that ur gone.i know ur gonna walk in to heaven without a problem .u did it ur way .i was always proud of u .cause while growing up in Spanish Harlem as kids we were really wild but one thing i could say is that no matter what we alway respected the elderly people in our many good memories I have with you and the Fellas that we grew up with. So my Loving Brother Tito may u R.I.P. u R gone but will never b forgotten. Ur Loving Brother papocong.

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