Juan Enrique “Quique” Tavarez Alicea, 58, of Virginia Beach passed away at the hospital surrounded by his loving wife and children on September 16, 2020.
Juan was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 17, 1962 and raised by his parents the late Emerita Alicea Merced and Juan Merced Rosario.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Desiree; children, Michael Tavarez(Tanya), Zachary Tavarez (Lexie), Nina Murphy(Dan), and Mark Harding; siblings, Sonia Rivera(Osvaldo), Jose “Chemon” Ramon Tavarez(Frances), Sheila Tavarez-Ortiz(Hector Ortiz), Wanda Tavarez , Juan “Monchi” Ramón Tavarez (Carolina), Sandra Merced, Ramon Osiris Tavarez, Angel Daliz; grandchildren, Alexis, Dominick, Jayden, Mila, and Juliette; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.
Juan was an amazing husband to his wife, Desiree, whom he met in 1989 at a Latin dance club. They were married on July 25, 1992 and had the pleasure of raising three wonderful children together. He was also a great dad and a loving “papa” to his grandkids as well as his friend’s children.
Some of his most memorable and loved qualities was that he was always giving to others, had a wonderful sense of humor, and was always the life of the party. Everyone that met Quique loved his genuine personality. In his presence, you felt like family and his home was always open for a conversation and a meal. He was a diehard Yankee and NY Giants fan which was always a source of banter in his life which was very amusing. Music was a huge part of his life and he prided himself on being a percussionist. He has played in several bands over the years and would frequently be found jamming out with his friends in his home.
In 2014, he was instrumental in starting a Virginia Chapter of the Borinqueneers Motorcycle Club and was blessed to have met many wonderful people who became great friends. He was a huge supporter of many charities, but the Special Olympics was very dear to his heart.
Quique was a veteran who served in the United States Marine Corp for four years as well as the US Army for four years. After he was done with military life, he started working at Superior Air Freight (Givens) where he spent 24 years and was very close with and loved by all who worked with him.
A Celebration of Quique’s life will be held at 2PM, Sept. 26th, at 4891 Blackwater Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23457.