Damian Garcia Rivera, age 81 of Puerto Rico, returned to the Loving Arms of the Lord on Monday, September 14, 2020 at St. Vincent's Medical Center. He is the beloved husband of Rosa Torres Quiles. Damian was born in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico; son of the late Francisco Garcia and Martina Rivera. He will be remembered as a real goofball, always joking around and trying to make people laugh, even until his last days. He loved listening to music and gardening. He loved animals, especially playing with his cats. More than anything, Damian loved being in Adjuntas and being with his family, whom he loved more than anything in the world.
He is the loving father of Daniel Garcia, Jr. and Anibel Fernandez; the grandfather of Sheila Garcia, Vanessa Garcia, Alvaro Garcia, JR., Aleena Garcia, Matthew Garcia, Daniely Rivera, Daniel Rivera, and Raynardo Fernandez, Jr.; the great grandfather of Taina Rivera, Jose Ferreira, Jayla Ferreira; and the brother of Angelica Garcia, Iris Garcia, and Franklin Garcia.
He was predeceased by his son, Alvaro Garcia.
Family and friends are invited to attend Calling Hours on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Funeraria Luz de Paz, 426 E. Washington Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06608. A Mass of Christian Burial is Scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Church, 25 Sherman St., Bridgeport, CT 06608. Damian's interment will follow at Mt. Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, CT 06608.
Please explore his Memorial Page, where you may share your memories, prayers and so much more found EXCLUSIVELY at luzdepaz.com.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION REGARDING RESTRICTIONS due to COVID 19 (CURRENT) Regulations, restrictions and policy REQUIRED at all times within our facility!
The COVID-19 Virus, the rules, regulations, limitations, and everything that has been implemented and required by us all to implement, undoubtedly, has been challenging for all and funeral homes are not exempt from such plentiful rules and regulations. We want everyone to keep in mind, thus regulations and rules are made for the GENERAL well being and health of the public. In Connecticut we have had the bountiful Blessing to see that our efforts of committing to the guidelines set forth to prevent the exposure to the virus has not gone unrewarded, BUT we know and can clearly see around the world that getting too comfortable will only create the possibility to allow all of our efforts to become null and void and all the progress we have had, be destroyed. Our State once again moves on to open and return back to normal implementing each phase, the current guidelines have determined that during viewing and visitation, and Funeral Services and these guidelines are STRICTLY adhered to and all attendees are expected to adhere to such regulations during their visit or unfortunately will be required to request such person (s) to exit our facility for the safety of all. Under no circumstance can we permit our facility to become a place where others should feel nothing less than safe and welcomed. Therefore such are the things that all visitors are required to follow if intending to come into the facilities of the funeral home to join the family;
- 49 persons or less would be the amount of persons permitted inside the funeral home at one given time (Sq. ft of complete facility divided 36 required sq ft. of social distancing per person = ___________ then divided by 4 = the required 25 percent of the full capacity of the facility during the current times)
-Anyone outside unable to enter during the service or whether capacity has been reached, will be able to hear the entre service and all announcements made throughout the evening.
-anyone Inside the facility and even those outside creating the line down the back ramp to await others to exit to be granted the opportunity to enter it is REQUESTED that a 6 ft social distancing requirements be followed
-Back entrance of the funeral home will be the EXCLUSIVE ENTRANCE AND EXIT throughout the entire viewing time.
-Masks are REQUIRED TO ENTER
-Masks are REQUIRED DURING THE ENTIRE STAY
-Masks MUST cover the face and mouth during the entire stay (No exceptions) (anyone not covering their mouth and nose during their stay will be asked to leave immediately. PLEASE EVERYONE THIS IS FOR EVERYONE.
-ALL FRIENDS are requested by the family and funeral home to come in when guided by funeral home staff, pay your respects, greet the family if you wish, the exit to the parking lot allowing others that may be in line to come in and do the same, BUT absolutely ONLY Blood relatives instructed by the family will remain inside the facility. Everyone's cooperation is what makes this possible and allows us to make this happen regardless of the restrictions and allowing everyone who loved, cherished and appreciated their loved one to come, pay their respects and all share time as a family, comfortably without having to go outside over and over to allow others to come in. Yet with everyone's cooperation, they remain inside as the extended family and everyone that comes through inspires them as the love that their loved one shared with each and everyone is supporting their hearts and minds with their presence and shared memories!
We understand the cumbersome and uncomfortable nature of the wearing of masks, BUT:
Consider this : YOU may run into someone ASYMPTOMATIC (they don't know, and you don't know) and suddenly your exposed because inside the building you decided, I don't like the mask covering my nose. YOU return home and expose your entire family including parents and even causing the death of someone dear to you, like a grandparent or parent as we just experienced with a family served, simply because you didn't want to be uncomfortable for 10 minutes which should be the maximum amount of time any friends would remain in the funeral home. Is it worth it? We may be young, we may be strong, and we may be "healthy" but maybe just maybe someone you run into is not and YOU are the reason they are now possibly exposed. It's not worth it, let us all work together while we are out to protect each other, protect our families, protect our homes until this invisible threat which has been a nightmare for so many, becomes a memory most want to forget! Let us work to keep the levels where they are and even lower with our help and God's guidance and blessing above all!
Online Access to view the services live may be done by following directions below. Please know Viewing is DURING the viewing hours and we DO NOT record the service for later viewing!
TO JOIN US VIA LAPTOP OR DESKTOP COMPUTER
-please make sure your computer is connected to the internet.
-open your web browser to the following address..... zoom.us
-upper right hand corner you will find a button which is labeled "Join a Meeting"
-the meeting ID requested at the time will be 2033308081
-the password will be 7777
-final automated steps will occur with your permission granting such access on your system to view the services as they happen. Keep in mind it will only be during the service and will not be available after the service for viewing at a later Time.
IF YOUR JOINING US VIA TABLET OR TELEPHONE (IOS OR ANDROID):
-please visit the google play store or Apple app store
-in your search bar enter Zoom cloud meetings
-Download the app onto your unit
-after downloading the app, press on the app to enter
-click on the button , "Join a meeting"
-enter the number 2033308081 which is the meeting code
-enter the pass code: 7777
-join the meeting with your camera on and the device sound, that way you will be able to see and be seen, listened and heard.