Victor Manuel Quintero (Papi), (90) passed away on April 8, 2021 surrounded by his family. He was the eldest son of the late Puno Quintero and Herminia Lalinde and stepson of Alberto Lalinde, beloved brother to Astrid Panameno, Esther Vail, Omaira Green, Patricia Cruz, Connie Velasquez, Belisario Lalinde and Paul Lalinde and brother-in-law of Elena Pereira de Pantano. His dad passed away when Victor was only three. From his early youth, Victor had various jobs to help provide for his siblings. He served in the armed forces of Colombia for the mandatory service. Victor married the love of his life Maria del Rosario Pereira on December 18, 1954. Together they raised six wonderful children, Felipe of Framingham, Victor of Dedham, Doris Youngman of Lynn, Ilse Sousa of Dedham, Maria of Southborough and Bernardo of Malden. Papi was admired by his sons in law, Steve Sousa and Roger Youngman and Grace O’Donnell, partner of Felipe. He was the proud and loving grandfather of: Sebastian and Yvonne Youngman of Lynn and New Hampshire, Maria Sousa of Buffalo, Steven J. Sousa of Easthampton, Lucas and Teresa Quintero of Hingham and Cohasset and great grandsons Rivers Steven and Rory James Sousa and uncle to many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
For years Victor thought of coming to the US to give himself and his family a better future. He emigrated from Bogota, Colombia to Boston in 1966 when he was 36. His wife and children joined him in Boston in 1967. Victor had a myriad of jobs to provide for his family. He was a mechanic by trade and also worked as a painter, teacher, plumber, maintenance man and delivered the daily news, Las Americas and El Mundo in his new country.
From his early years, Papi was a family man with deep faith. He was instrumental in establishing a Spanish-speaking liturgy at Saint Anthony’s in Allston, Saint Columbkille’s in Brighton and Sacred Heart Church in Roslindale. He fundraised to provide the first set of prayer books in Spanish for the growing Hispanic population at Sacred Heart.
Papi believed in taking an active role to help family, friends, the church and the broader community. Always giving of himself, whether by lending a hand to a friend with a move, having a family whose home burned down live with us until they could get back on their feet, or gathering food and clothing for new arriving families who were also trying to learn a new language, Papi could always be counted on to be there with a smile and a helping hand.
Funeral from the Kfoury Keefe Funeral Home Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Funeral Mass Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church 28 Commonwealth Ave. Chestnut Hill. Visiting hours Monday 5 to 8 p.m. Due to Covid-19 protocols, visitors will be required to wear masks, practice social distancing, and limit their time in the funeral home.
The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at https://youtu.be/3J0d1IP5ZgA.
Victor will be laid to rest with his beloved Maria Mt. Benedict Cemetery in West Roxbury.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Victor's memory to Boston Children's Hospital Oncology Department (childrenshospital.org)
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Boston Children's Hospital Oncology Department
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