We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home
Nieves "Jay" Aponte, 61, of Holyoke, MA, passed away suddenly on November 16th, 2021 at Baystate Medical Center. He was born on January 13th, 1960, at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, MA. He grew up in Western Mass and attended Agawam High School. Jay worked as a Stock Handler at Permalin MFG for 17 years in Holyoke and West Springfield. He later was promoted to a material handling supervisor. In 2012, he changed positions to a Stock Handler at Eversource. He enjoyed his job and worked very hard to provide for his family at home. Over the years his coworkers became a second family to him. Jay was hilarious, humble, kind to everyone and selfless. He always stressed the importance of family and taking care of one another. He was predeceased by his loving parents, Petrona and Nieves Aponte of Puerto Rico. Jay is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 16 years, Kim Aponte. They were married on November 19, 2005, in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He leaves behind his father-in-law, William B. Twining; brother-in-law Blake B. Twining; his loving step-children, Kristin Vasquez, and her boyfriend, Anthony Giammarino; Joseph Vasquez and wife, Julia Vasquez; three grandchildren who he loved more than anything, Logan, Ava and Mia who affectionately called him, “Papa Jay.” He leaves behind his sister, Damaris Aponte, and her son, Jesus Baez Aponte, who Jay considered a son; his brother George Aponte and his children, Jordan and Kaelyn Aponte; her two children Myla and Ralfy Elias; and his sister Elsa Tenczar, husband, John Tenczar, and their sons, Stephen and John Jr. Tenczar. He leaves behind numerous family members as well including aunts, uncles and cousins. Services will be held at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home (413)536-3843, located at 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 on Sunday, November 28th, 2021 with visitation from 2:00 to 4:00 pm followed by a prayer service beginning at 4:15 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to please consider making a donation to Mercy Medical Rehabilitation Center, 175 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104. Logan Quadrozzi, Jay’s beloved grandson, receives various therapies and services for Autism at Mercy Medical Rehab and your donation can help with improvement to their speech devices, and sensory equipment.