Arcadio Vargas-RiveraNovember 9, 1935 ~ June 26, 2017 (age 81)
HOLYOKE: On Monday, June 26, 2017 at 11:13 am Jesus took Arcadio's hand and led him home. Arcadio, or “Tio” as he was fondly known by to his numerous friends and family, died as he had lived - with dignity, surrounded by the love of his friends and family. He was born and educated in Ponce, Puerto Rico, a son of the late Dolores Vargas and Vicoria Rivera Vargas. Arcadio came from a large family and loved his siblings deeply, sharing an especially close bond with his sisters. He is survived by a brother, Antonio and a sister, Virginia. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings; Aurora, Vidalina, Dolphina, Romona, Rufino, Eladio, Adriano, Juan and Rapheal. Arcadio loved his country, so when he was finally able, with the Korean war in full swing his innate sense of what is right drove him to enlist in the Army. While in the military he served in Company I of the 47th Infantry in the Korean combat zone. After being honorably discharged from the United States Army, Arcadio married his first wife and moved to New York City, settling in the Bronx. It was there that he started a family and found his greatest job; that of being a father to Carmen, Jesus, Maria, Joe, Arcadio Jr, and Isabelle. He later resettled in Rochester, New York where he met the love of his life, his beloved wife and soul mate, Luz Roman. He graciously loved and raised Milagro, Yadira, Felix, Angel and Ricardo with a warmth and love that is beyond compare. Acardio and Luz finally relocated to Holyoke Massachusetts where he would call his home for the last 17 years of his life. Arcadio also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, and cousins, all of whom will miss him immensely. Arcadio had a wonderful sense of humor (which is probably why he chose to be a Yankees fan). Arcadio's spirituality was very important to him, as was his love of music. Family and friends are invited to come share in remembrance of a wonderful man. The Funeral will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. from the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 54 North Summer Street, both in Holyoke. Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, MA. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Arcadio to: The Soldiers Project, C/O The Soldiers Project Headquarters, 4605 Lankershim Blvd., Suite 202, North Hollywood, CA 91602.