September 9, 2019


Juan Collazo passed away at the age of 98 on Sept. 5, 2019.

Juan was born on April 22, 1921 in San Juan Puerto Rico. He migrated to the northeast U.S. as a young man. He traveled down the East Coast and settled in Key West, his home for more than 70 years. Juan was preceded in death by his wife, Sabina. He is survived by his nieces and nephews.

Juan was very poetic. He loved to recite and create decimas (Puerto Rican Folk poetry). His decimas are still recited in St. Mary’s during the annual feast of La Caridad del Cobre (Our Lady of Charity), patron saint of Cuba.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, with burial in the Key West City Cemetery. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.