Rafael Melendez

Rafael Melendez, born February, 16, 1932 in Maunabo, Puerto Rico, passed away at his Raleigh home, June 11, 2015.

He lived many years in New York City until moving to North Carolina in January 2015 to be close to his daughter.

He's survived by Lucy, his loving wife of 62 years, his daughter, Miriam, son-in-law Gary, and sisters Maria Luisa and Carmen.

A proud Boriqua, his passions were family, baseball and politics.

A lifelong Democrat and union member, he was thrilled and proud to see President Obama, the first man of color, elected twice.

May he rest in Peace.

Que en paz descanse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Ruth Sheets Adult Care Center, 228 W. Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27603.

Friends may sign a guest book at the Cremation Society of the Carolinas website,