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Mr. Eddie Otero, 79, entered the arms of the Lord on Monday, October 16, 2023 in the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York, surrounded by the love of his family.
We respectfully request that no one arrive at the funeral home prior to the posted visitation times, so as not to intrude on the family’s private time.
Family and friends are invited to the visitation in the Kowalski Funeral Home, 515 Roselle Street, Linden on Sunday, October 22nd. from 2:00-6:00PM. On Monday, October 23rd., at 10:00AM, everyone will start to gather in the funeral home where a prayer service will be offered at 10:30AM. The prayers of committal will precede Eddie’s burial in the family plot in Rosehill Cemetery in Linden.
Eddie, the son of the late Maria Rios and the late Juan Otero, was born in Manati, Puerto Rico. He came to the mainland United States during the 1960’s and he lived most of his life in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. The past few years Eddie spent in Waterbury, Connecticut, before returning to Rego Park, Queens, New York a few months ago.
Eddie was a dedicated factory worker, employed for over twenty years at the Sirmos Corporation in Long Island City, New York where he was instrumental in the assembly of lighting fixtures. Eddie finally earned his well-deserved retirement twenty years ago.
In his younger days, Eddie enjoyed fishing of all kinds, but he was especially skilled in the art of “bridge fishing”. He was a major fan of the old muscle cars and Eddie was the proud owner of a 1969 Ford Thunderbird. His family and friends always loved to be in Eddie’s company because he was such a jokester, making people laugh, even when they were down. Eddie just had that way about him! He had a natural smile that always lit up his face to the point that even if Eddie was mad about something, you couldn’t tell, because he was aways smiling. An avid New York Yankee baseball fan, Eddie took to wearing baseball caps with all different insignias on them; but of course the Yankee caps were his favorites. What better way to enjoy a game than with a cold beer. That was one of his all-time favorite entertainments and Eddie got quite annoyed when he was told that it would be better for his health if beer was not on his beverage list. Above all else, Eddie loved his family, and nothing gave him greater joy than to be with them, telling jokes and catching up on their everyday comings and goings. That love was certainly reciprocated from everyone whose life Eddie touched. It was a treasured gift to know him and to be with him, doing anything and everything that life had to offer.
Eddie was predeceased by his two brothers, Tony Otero and Julio Otero and his sister, Gladys De La Cruz.
He is survived by his three children, Eddie Otero and his wife, Tabitha Concepcion, Edgar Lopez and Jasmin Lopez; his brother, Richard Otero; his sister, Juanita Otero and his four grandchildren, Damyen E. Otero, Brianna J. Otero, Bella R. Otero and Jaylene E. Razick; his many friends and neighbors.
Eddie was the guiding light for his family, and he had an abundance of love for everyone in his sphere. Eddie will be deeply missed, but he will never be forgotten.