The gates of Heaven opened on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 to receive Efigenio “Miro” Delgado, age 71, who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with ALS. His strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends, and many supporters carried him through the difficulties of ALS.
Born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, one of fifteen children of Jorge Delgado and Monica Chaez, Miro moved his family to Holyoke in the late 70’s. Miro was passionate about his love for and faith in God, he tirelessly brought the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to all those he could reach. Loved by many for his signature gift of joy, shown through his constant smiling, laughter, and joking around, he enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and congregation. Miro’s love for others, kindness, selflessness, and grace were a reflection of his love for Jesus Christ. Known for his ease in frequent conversation with even strangers, he possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor. Throughout his life Miro maintained a sweet and humble demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many who will always remember his witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Miro was an avid runner and enjoyed the outdoors and lifting weights.
Miro is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Carmen, his children Will and his wife Yocelyn, Jacqueline, Jasmine and her husband Angel, Alberto and his wife Lisa, Luis and his wife Aracelis, Glendy and her husband David of Virginia and Clarie and her husband Marcial also of Virginia and son in law Thomas; seventeen grandchildren, Francheska, Will II, Miguel, Joshua, Michael, Mark, Deishaly, Nichelle, Grisellis, Luis, Nathan, Sugeily, Zach, Tito, Mary Jane, Meah and Noah; three great grandchildren Jayden, Janabel and Araya; four sisters, Margarita, Rosa, and Gladys of Puerto Rico and Genoveva of Pennsylvania, four brothers, Jose and Herminio of Springfield and Edwin and Ruben of Westfield; many nieces and nephews; his Pastoral family Raul and Elsa Gonzalez and the rest of the congregation and his former Pastors Jose and Elena Oyola whom he loved very much.
The family would like to thank Maxim Healthcare (West Springfield) and T&N Reliable Nursing Care (Worcester) for the continuous services and the timely, attentive, warm care they provided Miro over the years. A special thank you to nurses Norma Fraser, Bernard Wangamati, and Stacy Gooden who went above and beyond taking exceptional and loving care of Miro, they have become part of the family.
A funeral service will be held on Monday July 22 at 11:00am in the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, followed by burial in Forestdale Cemetery West, Rock Valley Road, Holyoke. Visitation will be held Monday prior from 9:00 to 11:00am.