PAWLING, N.Y. -- Ernesto R. Perez -- who had lived In Pawling and Melville, Louisiana -- died on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. He was 88.
Born in Cuba, Perez immigrated to the United States in 1954. He worked for Pawling Rubber Co. for over 20 years, until he retired in 1992. He also played on the company's softball team for many years. Perez lived in Louisiana when he worked for Exxon.
Perez was a boxer in Cuba and continued with weight training and physical fitness all throughout his life. He was a New York Yankees and Mets fan, and he enjoyed gardening and hunting as well. "Ernesto was known to have a green thumb in gardening and produce big, beautiful juicy, red tomatoes," according to information provided by Allen Funeral Home.
He is survived by his children, Lisa Perez of Pleasant Valley, Martina Perez of Pleasant Valley, Anthony Perez of Pleasant Valley, Gloria Ontiveros of Pleasant Valley and her husband David Ontiveros Sr. of El Paso, Ernesto Perez Jr. and his wife Donna of Port Barre, Louisian, and his remaining children in Cuba, Ernestico Matos Perez of Caimanera, Osvaldo Matos Perez of Caimanera, and Nidia Matos Perez and her husband Alejandro Hartmann of Baracoa; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Perez was predeceased by his wife, Gloria Mejorado Perez; parents Eusebio and Elpidia Perez; and siblings Arnold, Enio, Eusebio, Ebleni, Luis, Ramon, Nicholas, Esperanza, Estella and Ida.
Visiting hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Allen Funeral Home, 1605 Main St., in Pleasant Valley. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. from the funeral home. Interment will be in Beekman Cemetery, in Poughquag.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Living Water Church.
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