Pablo Merced, 72, of Cape Coral, passed away in his home on December 27, 2018. Pablo was born on January 26, 1946 in Caguas, Puerto Rico to his late parents Baudilio Merced and Dominga Villafane.
After graduating from Jose Gautier Benitez High School, Pablo left the Island of Puerto Rico and moved to New York. He remained in New York until his returned to Puerto Rico in 1971. He again left the island in 1983 for New Bedford, Massachusetts. Pablo remained in Massachusetts until 1998 when he moved to Florida for retirement.
Pablo has demonstrated himself to be a very hard-working man who explored multiple opportunities in order to secure a better future for his family. His occupational endeavors are extensive; however, most of his employment years were spent in the trucking and automotive industries.
Throughout, his life, Pablo has garnered the respect and love of family and friends. It is frequently stated that “he was willing to give the shirt of his back to help others in need.” Additionally, he has volunteered his time and services to the Church to aid the less fortunate. Pablo also proved himself to be quite the athlete in his twenties and thirties as indicated by his successful completion of multiple marathons.
Pablo married Maria Montanez on December 29, 1973. This year would have marked their 45th anniversary. Maria survives him, as do their children, Paul (Cindy) Merced, of Cape Coral, Luis (Brenda) Merced of Cape Coral, and Yanira (Andre) Vaz of La Jolla, CA.; and grandchildren Lisa, Paul Anthony, DeAndre, Elijah, Sarah, Daniel Jordan, and great-grandchildren Nathan, Izaiah, and Kari. Pablo is also survived by his sisters; Fela, Sarah, and Milagros.
Pablo will be deeply missed. “God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered “Come to Me”.”
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Cir., Fort Myers, FL 33908.
A celebration of Pablo’s life will be held on January 4, 2019 in a private ceremony.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.