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Celedonio Martinez Dies at 88

Celedonio Martinez Celedonio Martine, also known as “Papi” or “Don Cele," of Joseph E. James Terrace died on Saturday, Jan. 9. He was 88 years old.
He was preceded in death by spouse, Carmen Maria Martinez; mother: Agustina De Leon; and father, Francisco Martinez Rosa.
He is survived by his stepfather, Pedro De Leon; daughters: Blanca I. Maldonado, Carmen D. Cassius, Maria D. Khan, Sandra Y. Walcott and Marta J. Nicholas; sons: Jose M., Celestino, and Ismael, William, Eddie, Johnny A., Josue and Isaac Martinez; and grandchildren: Taniella Martinez and Jose Martinez Jr., Linda Finney, Melady and Travis Dolcar, Misael, Julie and Keila Maldonado, Jamal and Danny Andrews, Shawn and Kama Cassius, Darian, Amber Marie and Jahmaris Martinez, Abramarie and Abraham Khan Jr., Lawrence A. Walcott III, JeNe’ Walcott, Shamyra, Jessica, Elyssa, Izaiah, Iahkiem, Iahkeil, Eddie E. and Asani Martinez, Gary Jr., Gareem and Genique Nicholas, and J’lene, Josue Jr., Isaac Jr., Izani, Izaylia, Izangeli and Inayah Martinez.
He is also survived by great-grandchildren: Teq’keisha, T’ana and Horace Matthew Jr., Kianna and Eliasim Maldonado, Jameel and Jamal Andrews Jr., Kamil, Kamani and Kamajay Cassius, Ariana Skye and Angel Luis Walker III, Jamal Williams Jr., Aundre Dolcar, G’Nia and G’Shawn Nicholas, Sierra Scotland and Earl Morris Jr.; sisters: Julia Rosa, Lina Rosa, Ketty Rodríguez, Carmen García and Margarita Centeno; and nieces: Elizabeth and Wanda Centeno, Mercedes Allahar, Carmen Ramos, Agustina Rosa, Rosita Felix and Cary M. Johnson.
Other survivors include nephews: Andy and Ketty Rodriguez, William and Bacilio Martinez, Manuel Centeno Jr., and Felix and Pedro Garcia; daughters-in-law: Latoya and Danna Martinez, Germaine Miller and Ana C. Felix; sons-in-law: Samuel Maldonado, Kenneth Cassius, Abraham Khan, Lawrence Walcott Jr. and Gary Nicholas; brothers-in-law: Flor Rodriguez and Manuel Centeno; as well as other relatives and friends too many to mention.
A viewing will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, at James Memorial Funeral Home.
A second viewing will be held at 9 a.m. and a funeral service at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, at Iglesia El Buen Pastor, Estate Richmond. Interment will follow at Kingshill Cemetery.
All arrangements are by James Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

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