Obituary of Joaquin Joel Garcia
Edison, NJ – Joaquin Joel Garcia, 85, passed away at his home in the early hours of November 7, 2022. Born in Havana, Cuba to the late Joaquin and Lucia (Santos) Garcia. His father was a jeweler, and his mother was a homemaker. Lin has lived in Santa Fe, Guanabacoa, Cuba before immigrating to the United States, living in Paterson, Englewood, Somerset, East Brunswick and Edison.
Joaquin formerly worked for Mercedes Benz and most recently as a bus driver for Phoenix Transportation in Monroe.
Joaquin had a passion for sports and the outdoors. In his youth, he played baseball, enjoyed weightlifting, swimming and competing in Judo. He enjoyed fishing and working on his farm in Ecuador. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Cuban Navy and fought against the Communist takeover of Cuba. Later on in life he came to learn Bible truths that changed his life. He became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1969, while they were under ban in Cuba, and was incarcerated multiple times for his beliefs. Since 1996 he served in his congregation as a full-time minister. He helped many to appreciate the same lifesaving Bible truths that he cherished.
Joaquin is predeceased by his brother Orlando Garcia and his parents Joaquin and Lucia Garcia.
He is survived by his wife Sonnia and their 2 sons Joaquin Michael and his wife Devin, Joel Jesse and his wife Magna Carolina; his 9 children from his first marriage to Ana Maria Lopez; Joaquin and his wife Petronila, Maria, Lucia and her husband Antonio, Ana Maria, Maritza, Richard and his wife Marta, Marilyn, Emmanuel, Jahaziel and his wife Katie Ann, his sister Dulce Lopez, his brother Hector and his wife Margarita, nieces, nephews and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 11, 2022 at South Plainfield Funeral Home, 2456 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080 from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 AM at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 1324 Woodland Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060 and will be buried at Clover Leaf Memorial Park in Woodbridge.
To send condolences to Lin’s family, please visit www.SouthPlainfieldFuneralHome.com.
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