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93 years ago, on December 11, 1924, in a beautiful western coastal town, called Rincón, Puerto Rico, a baby boy was born to Elvira and Felix Ruiz. They named him Dámaso Ruiz Tavares. He was the youngest of 3 siblings; the much loved baby of the family. This baby grew up to be a young, handsome man with dreams of getting to know more of the world. So, in 1944 he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in the Panama Canal. Upon completing his time and in further hopes of seen more, he moved to the city of New York in 1946, where he landed a job as a bus boy at a restaurant. But in his quest for improvement, he became a tool and die machinist. In 1948, during a cold winter January, he went to a gathering in hopes of seeing a young woman who he first glanced at in a picture. There he met that beautiful "rincoeña" named Aurelia. He was immediately mesmerized by her beauty and struck up the nerve to ask her to dance as to which, she replied: "Señor, I don't know how to dance". He answered: "It's fine. i don't either". The very next day, he went to visit her and was initially rejected. "How could this man be so bold if he just met me?", she thought to herself. So, she left him out in the cold and did not invite him in. But Dámaso was an insisting man who by no means was going to give up. So, as a gentleman that he was, he pursued on and married his beauty that same year. They moved into a hot and small apartment in New York, where one year later, in 1950, their first baby boy was born. They named him Dámaso Ruiz, Jr. In 1951 their second child, a baby girl, named Diana Ruiz was born. Being that a small apartment could not contain the rambunctiousness of two youngsters, they moved to Queens, New York, where their third child, named Roxanna Ruiz was born.
Nine years later, wanting to be closer to their roots, they moved back to the beautiful island of their origins, especifically to Bayamón, Puerto Rico. In 1973, their last baby boy was born and named Robert Steven Ruiz.
This amazing love story of Damaso and Aurelia lasted 69 years. Many that got to know him, described him as an amazing human being. Here are a few quotes of those that loved him:
•Wife: a gentle soul and a selfless character
•Junior: a noble man of great character
•Diana: a man of great principles, honest, faithful, a good father and husband. Kind to everyone.
•Roxanna: was a fixer of things. A storyteller. Lover of music and languages, a man with a great heart.
•Robert: he was a pillar and the greatest model.
•Francis: he had a great sense of justice
•Leslie: if you never met Dámaso Ruiz, you missed out on a beautiful spiritual being
•Cassandra: my grandpa was a man with silver hair, but a heart of gold
•Anthony: my rock, who held down everything and always had a smile.
In an unanimous voice of his children, we all think our mother selected the best man to be our father and we are proud to be his children. We will see him soon again.
He is survived by a wife, four children, seven grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.
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