Jesus Varela

  • Born: October 16, 1934
  • Died: February 2, 2021
  • Location: Bronxville, New York

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Pelham, NY 10803

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Jesus Varela, a long time Resident of Bronxville New York, passed away on February 2, 2021. He was 86 years old. Born in Aguada Puerto Rico to Pedro and Juana Varela. Jesus was was one of 4 children.

Jesus was a devoted and loving husband, an adored grandfather, and a father of four children. He was well known for his sense of humor, empathy, kindness, generosity, and being a hard worker.

At the age of 12, he became head of the household to provide for his family. One of his memorable jobs was driving an ice cream truck and selling ice-cream to the children in the town where he was raised. He had a generous heart and was touched by the children who could not afford the ice cream that he would often given them the ice cream for free. Unfortunately his generosity led to losing his job.

Jesus had a strong work ethic and a hunger to survive. He came to New York at the age of 18. He learned to speak English and worked various jobs, each one offering a better opportunity to get ahead in life.

He often returned to Puerto Rico to visit his family. During one of his trips back to Puerto Rico, at the the plaza in the center of town, he would meet his wife Dolores of over 45 years. It was love at first sight. They quickly got married and moved to New York and lived in a two bedroom apartment on Park Avenue. His kind heart would also lead him to be an instrumental part in family coming to NY also searching for a better life.

Jesus began his career as a Chef and would eventually retire from the Drake Hotel in Manhattan. He was recognized for his 25 years of service at the Drake hotel before he retired at age 60. Prior to his retirement, he purchased and managed two tenement buildings in the Bronx which were sold several years later. Although retired, he continued to pursue his dream of becoming a business owner. He opened a restaurant also in the Bronx and eventually a Social Club, Los Gallos, in Harlem which was written about in the New York Times.

Jesus will be remembered as a family man, one who was fun loving, caring, talented and always had a smile on his face. He loved music, food and teaching his granddaughter Liana how to play guitar. He will be missed deeply by his family, friends, neighbors and the many patrons of Los Gallos social club.

Jesus is survived by his daughters Madeline, Jacqueline and Lillian, his grandchildren Ruben, Juliana, Gisela and Liana, and great grandson Ignacio.

A Celebration of Jesus' life will take place at Pelham Funeral Home on February 10, 2021 from 9AM to 11:15 AM.
Burial will take place at St. Raymond's Cemetery Bronx, NY, on February 10, 2021.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

Today I lay the most loved person in my life to rest. My dad was devoted to his family, kind hearted, loving, full of love, laughter and happiness. I will miss his smile, his jokes and I will miss hearing his voice repeating the same stories all the time.

He trail blazed his way through life and always found a way to get things done. I will always remember the intense work he did and his hard working hands which were never idle even at 86 years of age. I was always in awe and adored my Dad. He was my hero. He was my strongest supporter and he always had my back. He raised me to strive for success and to be proud of our culture and of who and what I am.

I am grateful that you gave me life. I am grateful that you shielded and protected me from some of life's harshest lessons. I am grateful that you gave me knowledge to help me navigate life's invaluable lessons.

Dad, I wish I had one more chance to tell you I love you, hug you and kiss you. I am in pain but I know this will pass. I will carry your devotion to family, love of life, acceptance of others, and work ethic with me.

I want you to rest your soul - pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full life. I love you dad and I'll always be your proud and grateful daughter. You have touched the lives of many and today you leave a void in my heart no one can ever fill. There are no good-byes, your memories will live on forever and you will always be in my heart.

"Go rest high."

Q.E.P.D/ R.I.P

Posted by Jacqueline Varela - Bronxville, NY - Daughter   February 10, 2021

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family.

Posted by Brenda Jones - New York, NY - Coworker   February 10, 2021

Today I lay the most loved person in my life to rest. My dad was devoted to his family, kind hearted, loving, full of love, laughter and happiness. I will miss his smile, his jokes and I will miss hearing his voice repeating the same stories all the time.

He trail blazed his way through life and always found a way to get things done. I will always remember the intense work he did and his hard working hands which were never idle even at 86 years of age. I was always in awe and adored my Dad. He was my hero. He was my strongest supporter and he always had my back. He raised me to strive for success and to be proud of our culture and of who and what I am.

I am grateful that you gave me life. I am grateful that you shielded and protected me from some of life's harshest lessons. I am grateful that you gave me knowledge to help me navigate life's invaluable lessons.

Dad, I wish I had one more chance to tell you I love you, hug you and kiss you. I am in pain but I know this will pass. I will carry your devotion to family, love of life, acceptance of others, and work ethic with me.

I want you to rest your soul - pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full life. I love you dad and I'll always be your proud and grateful daughter. You have touched the lives of many and today you leave a void in my heart no one can ever fill. There are no good-byes, your memories will live on forever and you will always be in my heart.

"Go rest high."

Q.E.P.D/ R.I.

Posted by Jacqueline Varela - Daughter   February 10, 2021

Para las hijas de mi vecino -amigo Jesús Varela
Los acompaño en sus sentimientos por la pérdida de su papi una persona maravillosa un gran hombre
Jesus Varela QEPD , Ud para mi solo ha cambiado de dirección , siempre lo recordare con cariño mi querido Vecino lo voy a extrañar
Le pido a Dios que les de consuelo a sus hijas y familiares porque no debe ser fácil perder a un padre , abuelito y bisnieto
Vecino Ud está ya en la gloria De Dios que brille para Ud la luz perpetua
Con cariño su vecina
Angela
G-C

Posted by Angela McConnell - Bronxville, NY - Neighbor   February 10, 2021

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We are deeply saddened to hear of Jesus' passing. Brenda and I send our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May he rest in peace. We love you and are here for you.

Posted by Matthew & Brenda Marchese - Nesconset, NY - Family   February 09, 2021

With heartfelt sympathy,thinking of you in this difficult time. For right now and all the days ahead- wishing you strength and peace.

Posted by Marlin Mazier - Staten Island, NY - Family   February 08, 2021


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