William Figueroa

William Figueroa

Thursday, August 8th, 1935 Monday, April 13th, 2020

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Obituary for William Figueroa

William “Willie” Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico on Aug 8, 1935. On April 13, 2020, he earned his wings as he peacefully fell asleep in his beloved plane room and flew on. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Enna; children, Denise and Michael; siblings, Mary and Anthony; as well as his six grandchildren, Brittney, Crystal, Peter Jr, Tyler William, Lucas and Azure; and 1 great granddaughter, Mya. Willie was a devoted husband and a loving father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Willie proudly served his country in the Korean War and received an Honorable discharge. He later served as a New York State Corrections Officer and retired after 27 years of service. He loved to fish, hunt, and ride motorcycles. Later in his life, Willie developed a real passion for building and flying World War II radio-controlled airplanes and spent many hours in his plane room making his planes look as authentic as the real ones. He was a proud member of the Blue Angels Flying Club and along with other members, fought to keep flying fields open in the Bronx.

He was a true New Yorker, full of complaints and was always ready to share them with you. He had a goofy sense of humor and was fiercely independent and stubborn. Willie will be greatly missed by his family and friends; and especially by his son-in-law Peter, who always knew that the way to Willie’s heart was a good BBQ cookout out on the deck.

On April 20, 2020, William Figueroa was cremated by Wood Lawn Cemetery. When circumstances permit for family and friends to gather, Willie’s ashes will be placed at the Long Island National Cemetery, where he will be given the appropriate and well-earned military send off. If anyone wishes to make a donation in William’s name, kindly make donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or similar organization.

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Your loving Sister, Mary

To my brother, Willie (Lumpy), I am heart broken and lost in a sea of grief. I will miss you every day of my life, RIP.
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