Forever known to family as Our Daddio! Known to friends as Neli!
On April 8, 2022, God called out for Nelson Isaiah Vazquez and said I need you home; his passing went without warning. His absence has caused tremendous grief and profound sorrow for in his short 24 years of life, Nelson forever changed the lives of those who loved him, those that he loved dearly, and the world around him. In his purposeful decisions he chose to see the world as it was and despite its challenges; he chose to see beauty, wonder, and wholeheartedly believed he could make a difference. He was perfect! He was a World Changer! Nelson “Daddio” was born to Stephanie and Nelson Vazquez, Jr. on September 22, 1997, in Bridgeport, CT. He is survived by his adoring parents, his much-loved older brother Jonathan Secon Cruz, his beloved older sister Hannah Victoria Cruz, he is preceded by his treasured little brother Samuel Lucas Vazquez. Daddio, Jonathan and Hannah shared a very special and unique sibling bond, not only were they close but they would also make
sure the sun was always shinning on each other and by chance if the sun did not shine, they would shield each other until the skies were clear. Through this sibling bond they were each other’s biggest fans, to see this bond is to observe the magic that embodies this loving family. Daddio attended Jonathan Law High School, Housatonic Community College and actively attending Johnson and Whales University as a student in John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences. He’s slated to graduate in December 2022 from Johnson and Whales University with a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Clinical Health Counseling. He’s passionate about counseling and saw it as “hope and a way to help people who have not been heard”. He contains a special sense of “duende” (spirit) that seemingly made him glow so Brightly. He would have brought that spirit to the clinical health profession and continued to change lives for the better.
Daddio had an inner joy and positive attitude that goes unmatched by others, he is innately curious and interested in traveling, learning about other cultures, and observing how life is lived in different countries. Simply put he’s an adventurer of life! Daddio easily made friends; he had a natural ability to connect with others and had an amazing sense of humor, he would make you laugh without even trying. His friendship meant you could count on him, he cared about you for a lifetime, he spent hours/days listening and engaging in thoughtful conversations, and he’d leave you in stiches from laughing so hard. From a young age his parents taught and instilled in him faith, kindness, and acceptance, he was a member of the Good Shepherd Christian Church, where he participated in the University of Theological Studies, vacation bible school, Children’s Ministry, Royal Rangers and Soldier of Christ. His parents influenced his commitment to the church and in helping those who needed spiritual, physical, or monetary help. He was passionate about making positive contributions to this world, performing acts of kindness daily, making sure he was present for those who needed someone to listen or in need of guidance. He embodied the virtue of Caring! Daddio will be greatly missed by paternal grandmother, Margarita Rivera, uncles John Ortiz and special aunt (Diane), Anderson Vazquez (Michelle), Elson Vazquez and aunts, Miriam Perez (Monserrate), Margaret Acosta, Moriama Medina (Elbin), Claudia Vazquez and Priscilla Lozada (predeceased). Countless cousins, that he loved and experience life with, leaving them all, awesome memories to last a lifetime. Daddio had a special bond and connection with Omayra Acosta. Daddio loved and cherished his Godparents, Carlos (predeceased) and Mirta Bayon. Neli surrounded himself with many awesome friends that he truly loved and cherished, three that standout are his Ride or Die, Elizabeth Rusk, Mariah Villanova and Tyisha Armstrong. On that day, maternal grandparents, Cristobal & Lydia Ortiz embraced Nelson when he arrived to his heavenly home. One thing that resounds when Everyone speaks of Nelson “Daddio” “Neli” Vazquez, that if you didn’t give him your heart, he would take it and forever it would be his. When he left us, he took a piece of every one of our hearts, He’s a Heart Pirate! “You never said I’m leaving, you never said goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God knew why. A million times we needed you, a million times we cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place that no one ever could fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God called you home”. – Author Unknown
Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours on Sunday, April 17 th , 2022, starting at 6:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life Service at 7:00 pm. This will all be held DIRECTLY at the Good Shepherd Christian Church, 725 Hancock Avenue, Bridgeport with Rev. Dr. Simon Castillo, Officiating; Funeral services will take place on Monday, April 18th, 2022 beginning at 10:00 a.m. DIRECTLY at the Church followed by interment in Lakeview Cemetery, Bridgeport, CT; ALL FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE TO BE DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH; an Online Book of Memories has been established where you may share your thoughts, memories, prayers, pictures, videos and so much more at is located EXCLUSIVELY at www.luzdepaz.com.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to: Neli’s “Hope” to Counsel Those Who Have Not Been Heard scholarship fund. The Family is setting up this scholarship fund to help further the studies for students in theclinical health profession. We know that even in his death he would have wanted to create good and positive things for anyone he could help! https://gofund.me/eac1f4c0