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Rafael Velez, 72, Bridgeport Resident

Rafael Velez
Rafael Velez Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Rafael Velez, of Bridgeport, died Friday, March 4. He was 72.

He was born in Havana, Cuba on July 23, 1943. He was married for 51 years to his wife, Dora Velez.

He will be remembered for being a great chef and his renowned empanadas. He would captivate those around him with stories of his travels all over the world and was never short of wise and virtuous teachings.

He is survived by his wife, Dora; brother, Jorge; two sons, Carlos and Miguel; and four grandchildren, Miguel, Otton, Carlos and Laura.

Calling hours will take place on Monday from 3-7 p.m. in the Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St., Bridgeport. In abiding with his wishes, services will be private.

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