Our loving dad, grandpa, uncle and friend, Ruben Maldonado, age 74, of Carteret, NJ passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2020, at Hackensack Meridian JFK Hospice Care.
Ruben was born on September 11, 1945 in Cayey, PR. Ruben worked independently for many years as a General Contractor until retirement.
Ruben is survived by his sister Ruth, children Eufemia Maldonado Rios and husband Ruben, Janet Maldonado, Ruben Maldonado and wife Frances, Carmen Feliciano and husband Jaime, and Miriam Rivera. As well as 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and many friends.Ruben was predeceased by his Father Eufrasio Maldonado, mother Eufemia Ramos, brothers Obed, Israel and Hector Maldonado.
Ruben was a true gift from God. He loved selflessly, caring for those in need and spending time with his beloved family and friends. He was an abundantly kind and generous person who always put the needs of others above his own. He touched the hearts and lives of many people. He will be dearly missed by many and truly loved always.
This poem expresses his last moments:
God saw him getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around him and whispered, "Come to me"- With tearful eyes we watched him suffer, and saw him slowly fade away. Although we loved him dearly, we could not make him stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands put to rest, God broke our hearts to prove us, He only takes the best.
Funeral Services will be held at the Plaza Funeral Home, 445 Monmouth St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 2 pm-4 pm and 7 pm-9 pm. On Monday, February 10, 2020 services will be held at the Latin American Pentecostal Church at 105 Jackson St, Hoboken, NJ (corner of First St. and Jackson Ave. from 12 pm to 10 pm. Services on Tuesday will be from 9 am to 12:30 pm.Internment to follow at Rosedale Cemetery, 355 East Linden Ave., Linden, NJ 07036.
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