ENDS Dec 31, 2019
UPDATE from Juan:
First I want to express my(and my mother and brothers) deepest gratitude for everyone that has reached out through social media, phone calls, texts and in person. My father left us a tremendous gift in all of your love and support and it's been deeply touching and we are all humbled. So thank you, thank, thank you.
Second, this Sunday from 3-7pm at the home in Charlton we will be gathering with friends and family celebrating my fathers life. I want to be very clear, this is absolutely a celebration so expect a cookout and beer and wine and hugs and laughter because...well that's what you always expected when coming to Charlton and Sunday should be no different. So save the sad attire for another time and hopefully we get some weather and wear shorts and bring your appetite and don't dink and drive.
Third, if you can't make it to Charlton and feel like celebrating in Puerto Rico with our family there, come on down we will be there the weekend of June 7-9. And to our family in PR we can't wait to see you and love you so much.
OK, so lot's of requests to send stuff to us and we really appreciate the gesture. As you know since the hurricane my passion and my fathers passion turned to the island full time(our family is always passionate about our home but things changed). In my fathers hometown of Yauco we have been installing solar and wind powered water filtration systems in communities that haven't had clean water in some cases for 50 plus years. The next one we do will be in my fathers name and we'd like you in lieu of flowers and food to contribute to providing clean water to my fathers hometown. When we raise the money and get the system there is open invitation to come help install it as well. Please view the link below, read what Ken Suritte has to say and view the video of him and my father during one of his proudest moments. And if you feel compelled please donate and help us leave a legacy.
I have known Juan (of Colorado) and his father Juan A. Padro for several years. After the hurricane hit Puerto Rico, I traveled there and met Mr. Padro. We immediately hit it off. Juan and his father helped WATERisLIFE to establish a base of operations in Puerto Rico and we have been working with Juan's family, friends, Rotary Members, Government leaders to bring help to Puerto Rico. Because of Juan A. Padro, his work for years with FEMA, we are able to bring help to the hurting. Recently, we were with Mr. Padro in the Yauco region helping in the remote mountains. We have been able to bring 5 of our Sun Spring water treatment systems to the region providing over 20,000 liters per machine, per day. The people without water now have water that is safe to drink because of Juan A. Padro and his son.
Juan asked me to put together a campaign to honor his father. We will place this water treatment system in another mountain community in south Puerto Rico. We will celebrate his life, a life of service to so many, by giving safe water to a community in Puerto Rico in need.
Founder of WATERisLIFE
Here is a link to the funeral home and obituary: https://www.shaw-majercik.com/notices/Juan-Padro
Below is published obituary:
Charlton-Juan A. Padro age 79 passed away Monday, May 6, 2019 at Rose Monahan Hospice, Worcester.
He is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Jane F. (Moynagh) Padro, two sons; Juan Padro of Denver, CO and Miguel Padro of Ambler, PA two grandchildren Wesley and Josephine. He also leaves a brother Santin Padro of Maricao, Puerto Rico, and a sister, Milagros Julia of San Juan Puerto Rico.
He was born in Yauco, Puerto Rico the son of the late Santin Padro and Maria (Perez) Padro and living here for 48 years. He was a US Army Veteran. He was a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico and was very proud of his fraternity, Alpha Beta Chi. Juan was employed as a field advocate for the US Dept. of Labor and also was involved with FEMA. Some of his joys were family, gardening, cooking, and horses.
A Celebration of Life will be announced. There will also be the second celebration in Puerto Rico. There are no calling hours. The Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, 48 School St., Webster, MA has been entrusted with his arrangements. A guest book is available at www.shaw-majercik.com where you may post a condolence or light a candle.