Manuel Angel Torres, Jr. better known as Manny, passed on January 1, 2019 unexpectedly at his home. Born in Meriden on December 1, 1985 to Manuel A. Torres Sr. and Denise Gonzalez Torres.
He was a graduate of Maloney High School Class of 2003 and a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church.
Manny’s time on this earth was too short, but in that short time he lived and enjoyed his life. A semi-pro football player, who loved adventure and music. With his soft eyes and charismatic smile Manny touched the lives of many people he came across. No words can express the heartache of his untimely passing.
He was a loving son, brother, father, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. With life’s ups and downs, he found comfort in his faith in God, and always found strength to move forward in life. He spent a lot of his time between Connecticut and Puerto Rico. His charming looks, hilarious jokes and honesty were some of the qualities he was known for. As a devoted son, father and brother he enjoyed spending quality time with his sons and family. A friend to all, he will truly be missed and remembered as a real one.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister Vanessa Torres, his two sons; Chase and Chance and a niece Chelsea. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Delma Gonzalez, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 35 Center St., Meriden. Everyone is asked to gather directly at the church. Burial will be private. Family and friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St., Meriden on Sunday, January 6th from 12 to 4 p.m
My brother would have wanted this to be quick and to the point! How do you shares one’s life and qualities in words? It is in the feelings we all are experiencing that show who my brother was. My brother was my first friend and my best friend. He loved without judgement, he listened with an open mind and he always spoke from his heart.
As children, we were always together. Wherever I went, my brother had to go. Our parents always told us to watch out for one another and because of that, our bond was like no other. My friends were his friends, and his friends mine. Many times people mistook us for twins, or he the oldest because of how protective he was of me. But no, Nene was my baby brother, my big, handsome, loving, one of a kind brother.
In his 33 years, he lived and experienced life to the fullest. He fathered two beautiful sons who he adored, his weekends were dedicated to cooking on the grill, swimming in the pool, hugging, kissing, and smelling them so much – always telling them how much he loved them. From the many trips we shared, concerts, casino nights, and just sharing time - Life will never be the same without you.
A son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, father and friend he touched the lives of many. I always knew he was special. His faith in God brought him comfort; he found joy in spending quality time, adventure in life and love in family. When I say family, my brother had many. From our four, to our family across Puerto Rico and Connecticut, our karate family, his football family, our camping family, his work family and friends who became family.
He could crack on you, and you would laugh so hard you’d cry. He was silly, fun, hardworking, a protector and most of all he was true to himself. I could never stay mad at him, just one dimpled smile or him calling me a nickname – that he gave to many of us – my brother, Manuel Angel Torres Jr., Junito, Gordo, Tio, Nene, Matt, Daddy, Pear, Manny Fresh, and my favorite Nerdo – was so very special.
During our time of mourning, the love shown for my brother is heartwarming. It confirms how very special he will remain. Although he is not here with us now, he will always be in our hearts, our memories and laughter. Nene you are LOVE – you left us behind, but your love is forever present. Rest in Peace brother – God Bless you and watch over us.
Vanessa Torres - Friday January 11, 2019 via Condolence Message
Manny my little brother my eyes still fill with tears thinking of you and your passing. There is so so much I can say and want to say and wish you were here for me to tell you. There are so many memories I have of you and our adventures! No one was a bigger pain in the butt and no one had my back like you even when we fought and argued we were still there for each 💯. My guy fresh you are missed big time here by me and many others I know. I love you bro always did not a day hasn’t gone by I don’t think of you now and I will never forget you or forget to honor the memory I have of you!!
To Manny and Didi and Vanessa and the boys I send my deepest condolences and prayers my heart is with you always
Bobby De Leon - Wednesday January 09, 2019 via Condolence Message
Estimada familia Torres,
Por favor acepten mi más sentido pésame. En estos tiempos difíciles la biblia nos aconseja que nos mantengamos unidos y nos consolemos. Esto está escrito en Proverbios 17:17- “Un compañero verdadero ama en todo tiempo, y es un hermano nacido para cuando hay angustia.” Podemos encontrar consuelo en nuestra angustia, con un amigo y hasta con Dios mismo. La biblia dice que “el Dios de todo consuelo” (2 Corintios 1:3). Acuda a El en estos tiempos difíciles.
Dorati C. - Saturday January 05, 2019 via Condolence Message
Primo, Denise and Vanessa, my heartfelt sympathy to you and may the good lord give you some comfort during this difficult time....your prima Lety Lopez
Friday January 04, 2019 via Condolence Message
Que el senor les de mucha fuerza en este tiempo tan deficil...Sabemos que es un dolor como ninguno... les echamos la bendicion y un fuerte abrazo... tia Juana y tio Marcelo Lopez
Friday January 04, 2019 via Condolence Message
My deepest condolences Denise, Vanessa and the entire Torres family. May God's coat of armor hold you close and be with each and everyone in these difficult days ahead. Que descanse en Paz.
Yvette Mercado - Friday January 04, 2019 via Condolence Message
Heartfelt condolences to the Torres family. May God guide you through this difficult time.
JoAnne Ureña & Family - Friday January 04, 2019 via Condolence Message
Sending Love and Strength from the Light.
gerald t lehr - Friday January 04, 2019 via Condolence Message
To my Best Friend words cant describe the joy you brought to my life and many others you were a fighter and you always were by my side I will hold on to all the memories we had good and bad
My God guide you into the sun ❤️🙏🏻 Rest in paradise my friend Heaven has gained an Angel
Jenn - Friday January 04, 2019 via Condolence Message
DENISE words cannot express how sad I am to hear of your son’s passing..Please know your family and friends are here for you to lean on in your time of sadness..My condolences to you and the family.. I will keep you all in my prayers.. Manny Jr. May you rest in eternal peace 🙏🏼🙏🏼