Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend
Abimael Marrero, 70, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at his home in Clifton, surrounded by close family and friends.
Abimael was born to Angel and Luisa Marrero in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, in 1950. Known as Al or Bima, he grew up alongside his seven brothers in the Bronx and Spanish Harlem before settling down in Clifton 28 years ago.
Inspired by his father’s service as a World War II veteran, Al joined the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1974. At 17, he volunteered to serve in the Vietnam War, and endured heavy enemy fire to save downed pilots in the Crash and Rescue Unit at Bien Hoa Air Base. He continued his honorable military career for another 21 years as a Commo Sgt and M60 Main Tank Commander in the 50th Armor Division of the New Jersey Army National Guard. More recently, Al worked and retired as an accounts receivable manager and merchandising resetter.
A consummate family man, Al could always be found doting on his wife and singing his boys’ praises. In his free time, he loved dancing merengue, traveling the world with his wife, watching Mets baseball, and most especially - spending time with his grandkids. He was famous for having an easy smile and big laugh, telling old stories and cracking dad jokes, singing karaoke off-key, and playing the best Santa Claus.
Al was a devoted parishioner of St. Anthony’s in Passaic and St. Phillips in Clifton. Through his wife, he was an active member of the Filipino-American Community of St. Anthony’s and the Philippine Day Organizing Council. He was also a former member of VFW Post 7165.
Al will be welcomed into Heaven by his parents, his brothers Angel (USAF) and Azareel, and his faithful basset hound, Nikki.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Raquel Nael-Marrero; his sons, Jonathan Marrero and girlfriend Liz Hernandez; Kristoffer Marrero and wife Shauna; his honorary daughter Melanie Baraquio; his adored grandchildren Hannah, Samuel, and Harlow; his brothers O’neill, Michael, Juano, William, and Anthony; and a large and loving extended family of brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Philippines that will miss him immensely.
Visiting will be Monday from 5-9 pm at Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton. Funeral Tuesday beginning at 9:15 am from the funeral home and 10:00 am at St. Philip the Apostle RC Church, 797 Valley Road, Clifton. Interment to follow at East Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clifton. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Abimael's memory to Vietnam Veterans of America at https://vva.org/donate/.
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