Andres A. Hernandez Santiago
Andres Avelino Hernandez Santiago, 85, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2002, formerly of Bronx, NY, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019 in Cape Coral.
Andres was of the Catholic faith and was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Cape Coral.
Our father Pepe-or Andy as many of his Cape Coral friends knew him by-was born November 16th, 1933 in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico. to Agilio and Josefa Hernandez, now deceased.
He moved to mainland USA around 1953. He made New York City his home and worked numerous jobs, but the one job he was known best for by the many that loved him was as a New York City Yellow Cab Driver. He did this for 40+ years. After a few years of retirement, he went back to Puerto Rico with our mother and lived there for about three years. Retirement was short-lived as he returned to work as a security guard in Morovis, Puerto Rico. In 2002 they moved to Cape Coral, Florida. Once again, our father was not ready to retire, thus he worked diligently at Lee Memorial Hospital for another 14 years and finally retired at the age of 83. Dad’s work ethic was tremendous, and he was made restless when he wasn’t working.
Our father was hard-working, loving, kind, funny and an amazing husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was also a great friend and storyteller. Taking great pleasure in talking to people, he perpetually went out of his way to make everyone feel at home; he never met a stranger. Our father’s smile was infectious, and the joy he brought to those around him was boundless.
He loved playing dominoes, watching the Yankee’s games and reading the New York Post. You would also often find him trimming trees in his yard, washing his car, picking weeds or planting something new. He was never stagnant, always moving.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Vivian Hernandez of Cape Coral; four loving children, Dolores Santiago of Cape Coral, Miriam Sicignano (William) of Carmel, NY, Franklin Hernandez (Carmen) of Pontiac, MI, and Jacqueline Townsend (Mark) of Cape Coral; siblings, Isabel Montalvo of Bronx, NY, Julio Hernandez (Delia) of Spring Hill, FL, Eladio Hernandez of Puerto Rico, and Juan Hernandez of Bronx, NY; fourteen grandchildren; as well as eleven great grandchildren.
Andres was preceded in death by two of his children, Brenda Martinez and James Hernandez.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM Monday, July 1, 2019 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 2628 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33904 with Father Paul officiating.
Memorial Contributions in memory of Andres Avelino Hernandez Santiago are suggested to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Cir., Fort Myers, FL 33908 or to The Alzheimer’s Association: https://www.alz.org/flgulfcoast/donate
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.