ONEONTA - Cecilio A. Torres, known to many as Chico, 85, of Oneonta, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2017.
He was born on Nov. 22, 1931, in Cuoma, Puerto Rico, the son of Marcos and Fernanda (Melendez) Torres.
Chico grew up in Puerto Rico. He left school when he was young to work, plowing fields with oxen on local farms. As a youth, he had the opportunity to go to Florida to play baseball on a minor league team. While in Florida he contracted TB. He was transferred to Homer Folks in Oneonta for treatment. After a year in the hospital, Chico decided to stay in Oneonta. He worked hard and learned how to speak English. Eventually, Chico gained employment with the Labor Union and he helped to build Interstate 88 and the Wilbur Park pool.
He met and married Patricia Dillenbeck. Although their marriage didn't last, they had two sons together, Cecilio M. and Victor.
Chico was a hard worker and a man who loved winning at playing pool and cards; affectionately known by many as the "one handed bandit." He enjoyed baseball, fishing and dancing at Babcock's.
He built two houses in Puerto Rico where he retired with his longtime love, Linda Constable. He eventually returned home to New York, where he passed away with family.
He was a member of the Oneonta Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge and Eagles Lodge.
Chico is survived by two sons, Cecilio "Mark" Torres of Cobleski, and Victor A. Torres of Oneonta; grandchildren, Selena, Katelin and Cecilio V. Torres; and great- great-grandson, Cameron.
He was predeceased by the love of his life, Linda Geertgens Constable.
A memorial service will take place at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta. A reception and time to greet the family will immediately follow at "The Roost" located at Brooks House of Bar-B-Q, Oneonta.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Chico's memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice.
Online condolences to Chico's family may be made at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Published on November 24, 2017