September 2, 1952 - August 30, 2022
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Alberto J. Rios
(Pops, Big Al, The Old Man)
Al suddenly passed away surrounded by loved ones at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne Florida.
He was born in Manhattan, N.Y. to the late Hector J. Rios and Conchita Morell.
Living a fulfilling life, he is survived by his two sons Michael B. Rios of Ballston Lake, N.Y. and Christopher M. Rios of Melbourne, FL.
Growing up in Washington Heights, N.Y., he was drafted into the military shortly after graduating high school where he proudly served his country with the U.S. Army. Seeing action in the Vietnam war serving as a Voice Radio Operator, he was awarded the National Defense Service Metal. In 1974, Al was relieved from his duties and honorably discharged from active service.
He then balanced a busy life of attending Hunter College to pursue his bachelor’s degree in computer science and working full time as an X-Ray technician at St Luke’s Roosevelt hospital.
Upon graduating college, Al became employed with the Unisys Corporation to assist in the implementation of the N.Y.S. Welfare Management System. While on assignment in the Albany area he met and married Donna L. Smith (Rios). Al moved to upstate N.Y. where he began his career working for the state assembly as a Rapprochement Manager. After fulfilling that role, he then transitioned to and worked up to the position of Director of Welfare Management Systems for the New York State O.T.D.A.
While spending time away from his hectic work schedule, he enjoyed the fruits of his labor. This included spending time with his wife, kids, and family going out on his beloved boat, camping, taking vacations to Cape Cod and floating in the pool. Most of all, he was always known for having a spotless car, dressing in only the nicest suits with freshly shined shoes, and a meticulously maintained lawn that he always had different patterns for.
After working for N.Y. state for over 30 years, he then retired and moved to Florida to be closer to his brother Carlos M. Rios of Palm Bay FL. Al loved to fish on an almost daily basis, attended many drifting events with his son Christopher where he made many close friends that he called family, and overall enjoyed the retirement life where every day was a Saturday.
Al will be missed by everyone he surrounded himself with. He touched many lives during his time with us and will always be known as a warm-hearted, loving man that was always open to meeting new people. He had an infectious smile and had the wittiest sense of humor you will ever come across. His two sons Michael and Christopher will continue to carry Al’s legacy for their lives ahead.
May he rest in peace knowing that his lawn will always be mowed exactly how he wanted it.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Viera V.A. Medical Clinic located at 2900 Veterans Way, Melbourne, FL 32940.
A celebration of Al’s life will be held at the convivence of the family.