Luis Enrique Colon, 86, born June 26, 1936 and raised on a tobacco farm in Orocovis, P.R., passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 in Lutz, FL. Luis, was best known as “Quique”, (“Henry to some” and “Pop” or Grandpa to his children and grandchildren). Quique is survived by his wife of 57 years, (Maria “Mercedes” Colón Gonzalez), his 3 sons, (Gary, 56, Richie, 54, and Michael, 39, his daughter-in-law of 34 years, Karyn Escobar Colón, 50, and his 2 granddaughters, Samantha, 18 and Ciara, 16). He was a fun, loving man that liked to laugh, tell stories, and joke with others. Quique loved sports, especially baseball, boxing and bowling; he enjoyed listening and dancing to salsa music when he was younger. At Christmas time, he enjoyed listening to traditional Puerto Rican music called aguinaldos. He coached little league baseball for Washington Heights in NYC, and in Central Islip on Long Island. He trained many young men to box at the Suffolk County P.A.L (Police Athletic League) in those years. Luis worked very hard to support his family, retiring from RJ Reynolds in the Bronx after 20+ years. After that, he worked as a limousine driver for a law firm for many years, and in 2001, he, his wife, and their youngest son, Michael, moved to Wesley Chapel, Florida, near their other son, Richie. There, he became a security guard, finally retiring in 2009. Pop will be missed every day, but he will always be remembered for his smile and for how he made us laugh. We are grateful for the way he always loved us and for being a great husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, cousin, uncle, Godfather, colleague, and neighbor!
Heaven is dancing with the “Mambo King” and we’re certain that he’s already introduced himself to everyone there as a “nice Puerto Rican”!