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Obituaries

April 25, 2012

Carlos Antonio Alvarez

Aug. 3, 1951-April 15, 2012

AIBONITO, Puerto Rico — Carlos Antonio “Tony” Alvarez, 60, died April 15, 2012, near Luquillo, Puerto Rico, from a drowning accident.  

He was born Aug. 3, 1951, in Goshen, Ind., to Alice (Swihart), and Antonio Alvarez.  He was married to Maribel Aponte, Aibonito.  

Tony is survived by his wife, Maribel; five children, Karla (Roque Nido) Alvarez of Guayama, Natalia Alvarez of Rio Piedras, Zoila Alvarez, Carlos A. Alvarez Jr., and Juan B. Alvarez, all at home; his three grandchildren, Roque Nido, Dario Nido and Kamilah  Delgado; his mother, Alice, Aibonito; six siblings, Patricia (Hermann Bauer) Alvarez, Aibonito, Becky (John) Bowen, Allentown, Pa., Bob (Sandra) Alvarez, Coamo, Ricardo (Enid) Alvarez, Coamo, Rose (Zane) Gillin and Jim (Diane Beam) Alvarez, both of Goshen, Ind.   

He graduated from Goshen College in 1973.     

Tony worked for many years with his father in the family’s poultry business in Puerto Rico. Over the last 15 years he worked as a consultant to the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture working at creating farmers markets throughout the island to help organize and manage farmer cooperatives. He worked tirelessly toward helping others improve their lives through agricultural sustainability.

Tony was passionate about Puerto Rican arts and culture and hopeful that one day Puerto Rico would find its own, independent role as a country. He helped and encouraged many artisans. One way he actively engaged was by initiating the Festival de la Montaña in Aibonito 31 years ago where Puerto Rican culture is celebrated. Tony was a historian by hobby. He excelled at conflict resolution, was eternally optimistic and enjoyed learning about others.

His friends and family will miss a wonderful human being who touched many lives in positive ways.

Services took place in Puerto Rico.  The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Tony’s name to Heifer International project: Haiti - REACH: Rural Entrepreneurs for Agricultural Cooperation in Haiti http://www.heifer.org.

Aibonito Memorial assisted with arrangements.

 

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