SOUTHBRIDGE — On Friday, August 16, Marcial Alicea, our father, walked into Heaven to be with our Lord.
Marcial’s first wife, Carmen (Roman) Alicea, predeceased him. He is survived by his former wife, Felicita Neris. He is also survived by his sons, Marcial Alicea, Jr., and his partner Lonna Gonyou, of Fiskdale; Marcial Alicea, Jr., and his partner, Kathy Boyle, of West Springfield; Raymond Crooks, and his wife, Linda, of Wilbraham; Xavier Andreu; and Jose “Kike” Rodriguez of Southbridge; daughters Carmen Rosa and her partner, Juan Rodriguez, of West Springfield; Migdalia Matta of Webster; Elsa Hendricks and her husband Tom, of Cleveland, Ohio; Brenda Shkurka and her husband Andrew, of Brook Park, Ohio; and Tonya Alicea of Maine; a brother, Marcelino Alicea, of Holyoke; a sister, Amparo Alicea, of Holyoke; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his daughter, Elsa Alicea, who passed June 26, 2007; his brothers, Ismael Alicea, Jesus M. Alicea, and Jesus Alicea; and sisters, Elvira Alicea and Rosalia Alicea.
He was born February 18, 1937, in Comerio, Puerto Rico, son of the late Obdulio and Benedicta (Bermudez) Alicea, and moved to the area in 1954.
He lived in Southbridge until 2016, when he moved to Brook Park, Ohio. He retired in 1999 from L&P Paper, Inc., where he worked for 24 years. After his retirement, he went to work at a job he loved, driving the SCU Elderbus. He was an avid walker on Route 169 for many years, and had a generic wave for everyone who passed him by on his walk. He also enjoyed baseball, and played for the Southbridge Softball Association League.
Marcial’s two mottos, which he coined and lived by, are “the greatest thing was growing up poor, because it taught me the value of life” and “there are three things I’d never change; my faith, my country (USA), and my family name.” He was a very faith-filled man.
The funeral will be Thursday, August 22, from Sansoucy Funeral Home, 40 Marcy Street, Southbridge. Calling hours will be from 9-10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, 446 Main Street, Southbridge. Burial will immediately follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Charlton Street, Southbridge.