Mayor Felix Roque honors late father with love from community, family, friends, colleagues

On a scorching Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Felix Roque reflected on his late father, Dr. Jose Roque Abreu and the wonderful qualities he instilled in him and his siblings growing up in the United States.

“He led a beautiful life — quiet, humble and caring, ‘cause he really cared about his patients and I am honored that I can call him my father,” says an emotional Roque of his dad, who died on Saturday, July 23.

Abreu always pushed his kids to do their very best.

“Inspire us to study because he said studying is the only key to getting ahead in life,” the mayor says.  “And he always said honor this great country because it’s the last frontier.

“He used to go 3:00 in the morning to see kids that were ill and he didn’t wanna charge ‘em.”

It’s a rare trait for a doctor.

“The thing people think about mostly is money so that’s very honorable,” says
Christian Lozano of West New York.

“Just shows he wasn’t just a doctor, he was a person with an amazing heart,” adds Rosemary Suarez of West New York.

The mayor says that’s just the way his father was.

“Mayor Roque has the same spirit as his father.  So he’s the kind of person that helps the Spanish community as well,” says West New York resident Yesenia Ramos.

“Led the way to many Hispanics in town,” Suarez says.

The community came out to really offer their support for this beloved man and his grieving family.

“That just shows us this is how we should live in this community, there can only be peace,”  West New York resident Arona Drouf says.

Abreu was a pioneer who gave so much to so many.

“He took an oath and as you can hear from the stories from his children and the mayor he took that very personally and was very honored to serve his community,” Commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez says.

It’s a tremendous loss.

“Hopefully G-d now gives them the strength and courage to go on and the legacy of who their father was in this community — and that’s the gift of it all,” says Commissioner Susan Colacurcio.

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Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time, Jillian enjoys yoga; working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. Follow on Twitter @JillianRis

10 Comments

  1. Tony Rivera
    Tony Rivera

    MIS CONDOLENCIAS Y RESPETO EN
    ESTE MOMENTO DE DOLOR MI HERMANO ROQUE Y A TODOS EN TAN BONITA Y HUMILDE FAMILIA DE TODO CORAZÓN QUE DIOS SIEMBRE LOS A BENDECIDO , EL SEÑOR ES
    NUESTRA FORTALEZA Y CONSUELO.
    PIDO A DIOS MUCHA FORTALEZCA PARA TI MI HERMANO Y CONSUELO EN ESTÉ MOMENTO DE DOLOR Y PARA TODOS Y CON TODOS EN VUESTRO HOGAR Y TODA LA FAMILIA DE TODO CORAZÓN .
    R.I.P EN LA GLORIA DE DIOS PADRE
    EN LA COMPAÑÍA Y EN LOS BRAZOS
    DE NUESTRO SEÑOR JESUCRISTO.
    AMÉN.

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