Jose Tirado, 83, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2004, formerly of New Jersey, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born in Manati, Puerto Rico on March 22, 1933 to Justo and Enriqueta (Serpa) Tirado, now deceased.
Jose was always most proud of growing up as a farmer in his beloved Puerto Rico. After moving to Chicago, IL in the 60’s he worked for the Singer Corp. and then in NJ worked in many jobs to support his family including security at Hertz Rental Car in Newark, NJ and then as a school bus driver in Vineland, NJ where he retired.
Our father led by example. He treated strangers and neighbors like family. He was a man of few words but everyone got a nod and a smile. But we were the lucky ones who experienced his love, selflessness and dedication daily. We’ll always carry the countless memories of our times together and are forever grateful of how he loved us especially his grandchildren & great grandchildren. He enjoyed the outdoors/nature and riding his bike. His love for all animals was passed on to his daughter and granddaughter. He had a passion for playing the guitar which always gave him peace and joy. You’re our hero Pa (Viejo), we love you and will miss you dearly.
He is survived by his wife, Rosa Tirado of Tampa, FL; four children, Elena (Ephraim) Sosa of Cape Coral, FL, Irma (Fernando) Mendoza of Vineland, NJ, Marta (Joseph) Zappala of Cape Coral and Jose E. Tirado (Shana Dillon) of Tampa, FL; one sister Lolin Quinones of Puerto Rico and one brother Raphael of Puerto Rico; six grandchildren, Luis, Alexis, Kristyna, Jennifer, Jose, Jr. and Alex; as well as three great grandchildren, Luis, Jr., Sophia and Audrey.
Jose was preceded in death by his son Jose Manuel “Pinan” Medina.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.