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Placido Gomez Torres age 78 of Long Branch, NJ, psassed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 16, 2022.
Born in San Lorenzo, PR, to Estanislao Gomez and Valeriana Torres. He emigrated to NJ and settled in Long Branch. He also lived in Chicago, Illinois for several years. He was employed in various jobs including Sun Bean Corp., Schwinn Bicycle Corp., Baldanza’s Bakery, and Old Orchards Country Club. He owned and operated El Coqui Restaurant, as well as a Goodwill store in Long Branch, NJ.
Placido had a love for gardening and growing. Every spring he created a backyard garden full of vegetables for the summer months. He was a devoted fan of the New York Mets and always entertained himself by watching WWE wrestling as well as playing dominos with family and friends. On weekends, he enjoyed going to Collinswood’s Auction and Flea Market or Englishtown Auction Sales and Flea Market shopping and selling merchandise. He always emphasized hard work and made sure his children and stepchildren were deserving of a better future.
Placido is predeceased by his sister, Marta Gonzalez Gomez (brother-in-law Gustavo Gonzalez Martinez), his beloved brothers, Feliciano Gomez Torres (sister-in-law Felicia Gomez), Eusebio Gomez, and Jose Gomez. Surviving are his loving sister Julia Silva Gomez and sister-in-law Ruth Gomez. His two sons, Ruben Gomez and Edwin Gomez (daughter-in-law Yulissa Gomez), his three stepchildren Joel Rodriguez, Ofilia Martinez, and Luis Martinez. His grandchildren Alexandra Rodriguez, Anabella Rodriguez, Luis Martinez, Emily Martinez, Jayden Luke Gomez, Zoey Adeline Gomez, Alejandro Ortiz, and Sebastian Ortiz. He loved his many nieces and nephews.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022, from 6 pm to 8 pm and the funeral service will be on Friday, July 22, 2022, at 10 am both at Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Avenue in Long Branch. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, 190 Monmouth Road, West Long Branch, NJ 07764. The family requests donations to Lymphoma Research and Foundation, Wall Street Plaza, 88 Pine Street, Suite 2400, New York, NY 10005 or https://lymphoma.org/