Jaime A. Velez of Pelham Manor, New York passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019. He was 80 years old. Jaime was born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico to Felipe and Maria Velez. He moved to New York with this family in 1950.Â
Jaime became an industrious man at an early age, opening a successful dry cleaning business in the South Bronx. It was shortly after that he would meet and marry his wife Mildred. The couple lived in Pelham Manor where they raised their two children, Michael and Jose. Jaime decided to sell his business and work for the Mohawk Day Camp School as the foreman of the grounds, where he built structures for the campers to use. He loved taking care of and walking the grounds of Mohawk Day Camp School. After a long and impactful time with Mohawk, he retired at the age of 65 to take care of his wife Mildred who passed in 2004.
In his free time, Jaime enjoyed bowling at Yankee Lanes.Â He also loved carpentry and helping his neighbors and friends, becoming known as the in-house carpenter at the Biltmore where he lived in Pelham Manor. He enjoyed sports, especially baseball. Jaime started as a Mets fan, but later became a Yankee fan as the Mets continued letting him down. Many will remember Jaime at the NautilusÂ Diner in Mamaroneck where he would hold court every Saturday afternoon. Jaime will be remembered as a creative, fun loving and hardworking gentleman who loved family and taking care of people.Â
Jaime is survived by his son Jose, Pat (wife), his grandson Jake and the many people whose lives he touched. He is predeceased by his wife Mildred and his son Michael.Â
A celebration of Jaime's life will take place at the Pelham Funeral Home located at 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham NY on Tuesday, June 4th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A mass will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church located at 575 Fowler Avenue, Pelham Manor NY on Wednesday June 5th at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. For more information or to leave a condolence, please visitÂ www.pelhamfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, a donation to either The Danny Fund or St Jude's would be appreciated in Jaime's name.