Jose Del Carmen Velazquez

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Jose Del Carmen Velazquez

August 11, 1937 - February 02, 2019

Jose Del Carmen Velazquez Jose Del Carmen Velazquez passed away while praying with his brother Raphael at 2:30 p.m. February 2, 2019, at the age of 81. There was great rejoicing and reunion in Heaven!
Jose was born August 11, 1937, in New Orleans to Jose Maria and Antonia Paltron Velazquez. Jose was a comfort for his mom and dad when they were alive. He was devoted to them. He enjoyed traveling with his father, brothers and wife on trips to Venezuela.
He was a devoted friend, brother, husband, stepfather, grandfather and great grandfather. He was always ready to encourage and assist his family and friends. He was the source of motivation and love for his deceased wife Eloiza (47 years) and her children. In turn, Jose knew that he was loved and prayed for during his life.
He leaves to cherish his memory his four surviving stepchildren, Saundra Moore, Dennis Moore, La Tonya Wheeler and Brenda Morris; 22 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and many devoted friends especially, Debbie and Marvin Cox, and his special friend, Kolleen Assad. Jose was the brother of Thomas (Linda), and Raphael (Grace, deceased); and the late Jose Maria, Lawrence (Loria), Philip and Anna.
Jose was very close to his family and to his friends. Jose was a man who didn't have a mean bone in his body, a warm friendly man who made his mark in the world by the basic goodness and generosity of his character, by the quality of his involvement with his fellow man, and how he brought out these qualities in others.
As a child and young boy, Jose and his brothers served daily Mass at the Convent of the Sisters of The Holy Family in the French Quarter of New Orleans. He graduated with honors from Holy Redeemer elementary school and St. Augustine High School.
After high school, Jose joined the United States Air Force and served in Vietnam. After military service, Jose began work for the State of Illinois at the employment office in Danville. He quickly demonstrated his knowledge, expertise and ability to build relationships. He became the Danville manager and served as a mentor to numerous young men and women. Jose was instrumental in finding them employment and guiding many new employees on a path to upward mobility.
Jose showed an outgoing personality and was comfortable with people from all walks of life. He was a good friend to so many! He could be counted on and depended on always. Whether you needed simple advice, an empathetic ear, a shoulder to lean on, companionable silence, a listener if you will; if all you wanted was to pass the time - he was your man; ready, steadfast, willing and good fun.
He was a "super" member and volunteer with the VFW Post 728 (Vietnam veteran), Honor Guard, Salvation Army Board, American Red Cross, Knights of Columbus, Meals on Wheels, Food Bank, Kiwanis, Lead Usher and Eucharist Minister at St. Paul Catholic Church, and as an alderman for the City of Danville.
Those who knew him, who loved him, who got angry with him when he was a voice for the voiceless, will miss this man. We'll miss the brother, that boy and man who tested his limits. We'll miss the father figure who's gone, but we know he would want us to remember him as he lived, on the fearless edge of what was possible. He left this world a better place than when he found it, and for that his family and friends are very proud. He ran the race and finished well! Jose, your life was a blessing and your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. May our Lord and Almighty God bless him and welcome him home. This we pray in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Wake Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, February 8, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., with visitation 3:30-6 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, February 9, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 1303 N. Walnut St., Danville. He will be laid to rest at Danville National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Jose's name to St. Paul Catholic Church, Danville VFW Post 728 or Knights of Columbus. Please join Jose's family in sharing photos and memories on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on February 5, 2019
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