Minister Florentino "Joe" GarciaSeptember 10, 1934 ~ July 6, 2017 (age 82)
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to:
World Harvest Community Center (formerly know as Bay Ridge Christian Center) AND/OR Church of the Redeemer.
Florentino Garcia, age 82, of Brooklyn, New York, died peacefully on the morning of July 6, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born to Josefina Velez and Florentino Garcia Gracia, and was a devoted brother to Ana (deceased), Iris, Manuel, Justo (deceased), Gladys, Rafael, and Miguel. He is survived by his beloved wife Iris Nilda, with whom he enjoyed an incredible 63 years of marriage, and his four children, Georgina (Johnny), Robert Luis (Sophia), William Florentino (Esperanza), and Suzanne (Todd); grandchildren Ava, Jared, Alejandro, Daniel, Angelica, Natalie, Michael, Nicolas, Joseph, and Olivia; and great-grandchildren Scott, Samuel, and Osiris.
He lived his early years in Carolina, Puerto Rico until he moved to New York in 1952. It was here he met his lifetime partner, Iris, and they began their journey together, marrying in 1954. He was a man who wore many hats. He made a career as an exceptional outfitter of men’s clothing, beginning at Adler’s Men’s Wear on the Lower East Side before moving onto Fields Bros, serving many dignitaries, celebrity and sports figures throughout his tenure. He became a Sergeant in the NYPD Auxiliary Unit in the 7th Precinct in Manhattan. In the 80’s, he began his new life in the Christian faith. Starting his faith based journey at Love Gospel Assembly, then onto Triumphant Full Gospel Assembly, but it wasn’t until he arrived at Bay Ridge Christian Center, now known as World Harvest Community Center, that his true calling would be revealed; he became an Elder, a Leader of Deacons, a Sunday School and Bible Institute Teacher, a Marriage Counselor, and an Ordained Minister. He extended these services to the Church of the Redeemer, where he helped train a new generation of deacons. Later in life, during his time working with the church, he would complete his education, graduating from Boricua College with a B.A. in Journalism.
He led his life by example, teaching others to improve themselves in body, mind and spirit. He was a true artist in every form of his life: he sculpted his body as a body builder, he authored dramatic poetry, he was an avid photographer, and he taught the word of God to those around him. He believed that life was nothing without laughter, and through his humor his true wit came out. He loved his family above all else, and nothing gave him more jubilation than watching his family come together for celebration and holiday. His athleticism was a great source of pride for him, and he played and coached baseball in his early years. Later in life, he would spend many nights teaching his deeply beloved grandchildren the game of dominoes, unifying his love for sport and family. His love for family was matched almost equally with his piety. His leadership in the church gave him passion and direction, and it was his mission to share his love for the Lord with those around him. He maintained his relationship with God until the end, and that relationship will never end, as he continues to watch over his beloved family and friends from heaven. Florentino, your legacy is one that will be remembered with pride, and the impact that you’ve had over so many lives will live on forever.
An afternoon viewing will be held Monday, July 10 at 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Daniel Schaefer Funeral Home, 4123 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232, followed by an evening viewing the same day at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at World Harvest Community Center (formerly known as Bay Ridge Christian Center), 6324 7th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11220. A private family interment will take place Tuesday, July 11 at 1 p.m. at Pinelawn Memorial Park, 2030 Wellwood Ave., Farmingdale, NY 11735. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made in his name to World Harvest Community Center, 6324 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 or Church of the Redeemer, 4717 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220.
World Harvest Community Center
6324 7th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11220
Church of the Redeemer
4717 7th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11220