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Rafael A. Fernandez

October 24, 1952 ~ February 4, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Rafael Fernandez Obituary

Rafael A. Fernandez, age 71, of Holyoke, passed away at his home on Sunday, February 4, 2024 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Cidra, Puerto Rico, a son of the late Candido Fernandez and Agustina Oyola, and attended school there before moving to Holyoke. Rafael worked at Ampad from 1971 to 1988, and then opened Fernandez Family Restaurant in 1988 where he worked alongside his family until retiring in 2013. He was a faithful communicant of Immaculate Conception Parish in Holyoke, now Saint Jerome Parish, and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan. When not working in the restaurant, Rafael enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox play, traveling to his native Puerto Rico, and, most of all, spending time with his family. Rafael is survived by his beloved wife of more than 50 years, Ada A. Fernandez; three daughters: Ada Fernandez-Rodriguez and her husband Elvis of Chicopee, Jacqueline Fernandez and her husband Miguel Rivera of Springfield, and Ivelis Fernandez and her husband Jorangel Marrero De Jesus of Holyoke; seven grandchildren: Kenny, Mia, Adalie, Lia, Abram, Zia, and Catalina; a brother, Angel Fernandez; four sisters: Rosa, Maria, Ana, and Carmen Fernandez, and 28 nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Rafael was predeceased by a son, Rafael Fernandez, Jr. in 1975, and two brothers, Candido and Mariano Fernandez. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Rafael on Friday, February 9th at 10:00 am in Saint Jerome Church, 169 Hampden Street, Holyoke; please meet at the church. Burial will follow in Saint Jerome Cemetery, 1666 Northampton Street, Holyoke. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, February 8th from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Holyoke High School Theater Company, please mail to Holyoke High School Theater Company c/o Bevan Brunelle, Holyoke High School, 500 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA 01040, or to Boston Children’s Hospital via

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Calling Hours
February 8, 2024

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home
2049 Northampton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

Mass of Christian Burial
February 9, 2024

10:00 AM
Saint Jerome Church (Hampden Street)

February 9, 2024

Saint Jerome Cemetery
1666 Northampton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040


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