José "Pepe" Manuel Meléndez Garcia
December 3, 1943 - September 27, 2022
Cremation Society of Virginia
Tina and Donald Williams
Eddie Andrades
Evelyn Crespo
David Leon (Grandson)
Lou Calleja
Damaris Andrades
Evelyn Tirado
Julio M Garcia
Robert Benitez (Bobby)
Tina Williams
Raymond Melendez
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José “Pepe” passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, surrounded by his wife, son and eldest daughter. He was 78. Pepe was preceded in death by his parents Victor M Meléndez and Alicia Garcia, as well as younger brother Victor M Meléndez Garcia. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Rufina…

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Tina Williams left a message on October 12, 2022:
Dearest Family keeping you in our Thoughts and Prayers for healing, I will Cherish the time I met Tio across from DeRican Chef for the Salsa Festival. I am glad I was able to see Tio Pepe’s Celebration of Life on line, Love you Titi, Vicky, Joey, Brenda and Family take Care and God Bless You
Tina and Donald Williams left a message on October 12, 2022:
My Dearest Titi, Joey and Vicky keeping you all in Prayers, I will Cherish the day we spent the day together, Sending Love Prayers and Healing during this time of needs
Victor Gonzalez left a message on October 11, 2022:
Enjoyed his company and war stories. He especially liked playing dominoes while he shared life experiences. Your are relieved, Marine. We have the Watch.
Kjell Gustavsen left a message on October 11, 2022:
Melendez Family, Our Deepest Condolences to your family at this time. Pop was a Great Man who always put smiles on everyone's face. The Best Memories are all the Lil Celebrations with him and the Dominoes games we played together. The Old Marine Stories I will Never Forget. Pepe was a Great Man that is now in Paradise and Taking Post on God's Gates of Heaven. May God Console Your Family at this time. Love Kjell & Susan.
Lurdes Tortorelli left a message on October 11, 2022:
Dear Family, As you celebrate the life of your beloved husband, dad, grand dad I celebrate his life with you. My fondest memories as a child are at the joyful New Year's family celebrations we all shared together at Pepe and Chicky's house. Lots of great food, music and dancing with family! Manhattan beach times with you all was the highlight of my summers. All the family spending time together, laughing, eating all day long on the beach. My heart is heavy for you all in your loss. May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. May you all experience the God of all comfort like never before in your loss as He promises. I love you all dearly. Love Lulu
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Dino Tortorelli left a message on October 11, 2022:
My deepest condolences to Chicky, Vicky, Joey, Brenda and the rest of the family. I am praying for God’s comfort to sustain you during this time of grieving. Pepe will be missed, but for a short time until we see him again! Love you all!
Eddie Andrades left a message on October 10, 2022:
TO MY COUSIN PEPE MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND MAY COVER YOU WITH HIS GRACE FOREVER LOVE YOUR COUSIN EDDIE ANDRADES & FAMILY
Evelyn Crespo left a message on October 10, 2022:
You will always be in our hearts.💗 Rest in eternal peace🙏
Barbara Watz Sawyer left a message on October 9, 2022:
Dear Vicky, Teddy, David & Diana, I am so sorry about the loss of your beloved Dad & Grandfather. Your sweet memories of him will always be with you. He will be watching over you from above until you meet again. Love & Hugs. 😇❤
Evelyn Crespo left a message on October 7, 2022:
Our deepest condolences to the family for the loss of your beloved father Pepe. We are so sadden by his loss. We have such fond and happy memories of Pepe during the many family gatherings and holidays over the years. Such fun times! May the wonderful memories bring peace and comfort to the family. Pepe is resting in eternal peace and reunited with his departed loved ones🕊 I know my mother and father in heaven have welcomed him home🙏 Chicky, Vicky, Joey and Brenda our thoughts and prayers are with you🙏🕊 Pepe will forever live in your and our hearts. Sending our love your way at this time of sorrow. God bless you🙏 Love you, Evelyn and Anthony
Desiree Trader left a message on October 7, 2022:
Tio, you will be missed by so many! I will always remember you and Dad singing in our kitchen and all your wonderful stories. I know you are welcomed by him and so many others now. Eternal rest to you. Praying for comfort for Titi, Vicky, Joey and Brenda. Sempre Fi!
David Leon (Grandson) left a message on October 6, 2022:
Grandpa/Welo Welo you will always be remembered!! Love your grandson, granddaughter and great granddaughter.
David Leon (Grandson) left a message on October 6, 2022:
My Grandfather was a great man. So many memories will be cherished, by photos and stories. As the 1st of his grand-kids and the oldest grand kid, I can recall some very vivid and unforgettable times. Like when use to spend summers with him, had our many family vacations and trips to New York to visit. And most of all, his most favorite time of the year Christmas where he would always have 101.1 CBS FM playing the holiday tunes and who can forget when my birthday which is New Years, Dick Clack would be on the TV. The decorations would also be so vibrant, and extravagant that family would always talk about even now to this day and say remember that Christmas/ New Years party back in... where the music would be blasting and the fun was always there. As I grew up and then got married to my beautiful wife he was there. When My wife and I had our amazing and beautiful daughter, he had the privilege to hold her, hug her, and kiss her so gently that she would smile so bright and he always loved to call her his one and only great grand daughter because she was and she will always know him as her Welo Welo. I am so blessed that she will have the ability to remember him and have memories that will last a lifetime. I know he is at home in Heaven celebrating with his Mom and Dad my great grandparents, his brother my uncle, and many other family and friends that we have lost over the years. But one thing remains our Love for our family will always remain strong and I know we will see him again soon and can continue our celebration and play endless games of dominoes, sing and dance and party. Grandpa I love you. Dios Te Bendiga!!!
Lou Calleja left a message on October 6, 2022:
Nancy and I are heartbroken to hear of the passing of my dear friend and Marine buddy Pepe. Our condolences to Chickey and the entire family. I was so happy that I was able to see him earlier this year. You are all in my prayers. His friend forever, Louie Calleja
DON DAVIDSON left a message on October 6, 2022:
SO SORRY. PEPE HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO A NEW AND HIGHER DUTY STATION,.SEMPER FI MARINE
Damaris Andrades left a message on October 6, 2022:
Our Condelences to the Melendez Family....May God continue to pour Blessings of Strength and Healing during this time..Pepe....my Cousin May you Continue to Sleep in Paradise...you will Always Be in Our Hearts 🙏🙏🙏 Love Titi Teresa ..Eddie..his Wife Patricia...Damaris and Fiancé Myron 🙏🙏🙏
Evelyn Tirado left a message on October 5, 2022:
My deepest condolences to the family. I pray you all find comfort within each other. Love Evelyn Tirado
Julio M Garcia left a message on October 5, 2022:
My condolences to the family! May he rest in peace, Pepe will always be remembered by me. He always had some good stories to tell.
Walter (DUTCH) Wander left a message on October 5, 2022:
Chicky and family please accept my sincere condolences. He will never be forgotten as he was a wonderful human being and a great friend. It's been 12 years since we partied together at our reunion in Brooklyn, Prayers being said for you and the family. May God be with you. Pepe Rest In Peace!
Robert Benitez (Bobby) left a message on October 5, 2022:
Please accept my sincere condolences and know he touched a lot of people during his life and made a difference in there’s. He will never be forgotten as he was a wonderful human being and a great friend. May he rest in peace!
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Teddy Leon left a message on October 5, 2022:
My second Dad Pepe- I will also remember when Vicky introduced me to her dad. He said to me “Hi I’m Pepe and I’m a Marine! I was intimidated a little bit, but I know that in time we would get to know each other. What a blessing it has been to have you in my life. It has been really hard for me these past few days, but I know that you are in heaven celebrating with your mom, Dad, Uncle Vic, TiTi Luz, and My Mother and father. I can see you all playing dominos. I will miss all the stories of Chemical Bank and your Marine story. I always enjoyed your company, taking the trip to the Naval Academy to see Joey and watch Army and Navy Football. I loved that you would play Christmas music in the summer and listen to your 50s music at all times. You were a Happy, Loving, Father to us all. I have been blessed to be part of this family for 40 years of my Life. I learned from you that family is always first. You had a good heart always willing to help the family. Thank you for being a great Grandfather to David, Diana, and Sophia. I will miss you tremendously, thank you for accepting me as your second son! I love you forever! Semper Fi Marine Melendez!
Tina Williams left a message on October 5, 2022:
Prayers to Titi, Vicky, Joey and Family. We will miss Tio Pepe and always have him in our Hearts 🥰 Love you all
Luis Mercado left a message on October 5, 2022:
My dear friend I will miss you. I am saddened that you Ieft us! it was a honor to have known you!
Diana left a message on October 5, 2022:
My Grandfather was a fun and caring person I am remember the good times with him when I was growing up he took my to museums, watched movies together. I enjoyed his company.
Raymond Melendez left a message on October 5, 2022:
Tio you will be missed tremendously I will hold memories of you with dad at the house or grandpas house the family all together. Your now with dad, grandpa and grandma. I would always tell you when we meet your my favorite Marine and you always will be.
PAUL HANNWACKER left a message on October 5, 2022:
so sorry for your liss
Vicky Leon left a message on October 5, 2022:
Dad, I'm so thankful God chose you to be my father. I have many wonderful memories of you taking Joey and me to south street seaport and eating clams as kids, going to Manhattan beach and having a great time with our large family, all the holiday gatherings and your YUCA pasteles! I so appreciate the time you took off to see me in my school programs, cadet corp parades/drill team and band competitions. I remember you making us homemade pizza and cherry cheesecake! You woke us up as if we were “marines!” Your trademark was listening to music and watching T.V. at the same time! There was never a quiet moment at the house. LOL I recognize your good heart in always wanting the best for your family, and for always helping others in need. You challenged us and loved us fiercely. We always play music at the house, including Christmas songs all times of the year! I will always hold a special place for you in my heart. I will miss you very much. Love you forever! Your Vicky-boo
Cremation Society of Virginia left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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