Passing of Captain Hector Lopez
NEW BRITAIN âÂ€Â“ Capt. Hector Lopez, 59, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York, surrounded by the love and comfort of his family after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Maria (Rivera) Lopez.
Hector was born Aug. 10, 1959, in Waterbury, the son of the late Deacon Alejandro and Anna (Tirado) Lopez. He was a graduate of Kennedy High School and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied music arrangement.
Hector had spent the last 31 years working for the city of Waterbury Fire Department, most recently stationed as a lieutenant at Engine 11-Highland Avenue, and was a member of its honor guard. Hector lived for music and was a talented musician who had the ability to play just about any instrument he picked up, his favorites being the trumpet and bass. He enjoyed traveling and had the opportunity to tour around the world to perform at many different music events. He was a parishioner of St. Joachim Parish in New Britain, and was a choir member of St. Joseph Church in Bristol. Hector was proud to serve as a board member for the Rivera Memorial Foundation. HectorâÂ€Â™s other passion in his life was his family-he was always happiest while surrounded by them, listening and playing to some of his favorite music.
Besides his wife of 24 years, Maria, Hector is survived by his three daughters, Denise Nazario and her husband Joel, of Newington, Grace Lopez, and her fiance Axsel Cintron Jr., of New Britain, and Annette Lopez of New Britain. He also leaves his brothers, Deacon Alex Lopez and his wife Judy, of Oakville, and Robert Lopez and his wife Gloria, of Bristol; in addition to his grandchildren, Joel, Emanuel, Isabella, Jacob, Noah and Mia; as well as other extended family members and many friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Lopez with full fire departmental honors will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Todos los Santos-All Saints/St. AnneâÂ€Â™s Shrine, 515 S. Main St., Waterbury, when a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Those planning to attend are kindly asked to meet directly at the church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waterbury, Relatives and friends may visit with HectorâÂ€Â™s family on Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at CaseyâÂ€Â™s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home, 1987 E. Main St., Waterbury.
In lieu of flowers to honor HectorâÂ€Â™s memory, donations may be made to the Rivera Memorial Foundation at 186 Cherry St., Waterbury, CT 06702. To extend online expressions of sympathy to the family or for additional information, kindly visit the funeral home website at eastsidememorial.com.