Condolence & Memory Journal


I miss you my dear friend.

Posted by Maritza ramirez - Albany, NY - Friend   February 01, 2016


The last time I talked with you, I told you about my retirement and you wish me well and told me that you wish that you could travel with me. I want you to know that every time I travel, today I'm in the Galapagos Islands, you are with me.
Miss you my dear friend.

Posted by Maritza Ramirez-Vallinas - Loudonville, NY - Friend   February 06, 2015


Deepest condolences

Posted by Maritza Ramirez-Vallinas - Loudonville, NY - Friend   March 05, 2014

Juan is missed at work , really missed. He was one of the good guys in life. I always enjoyed the give and take of conversations with Juan. Even when he was not loud enough to be understood it was fun because Jqzuan was enjoying himself.

The service you had for Juan was a tribute to how many people Juan reached out to. You can not ask more than that of a person.

Posted by Bart Mullen - Albany, NY - Co-worker   February 12, 2014

We were so very sorry to hear of Juan's passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. Unfortunately, I was out of town and Jesse is sick. Please know that you are all in our prayers.

Posted by Jesus & Dali Santiago - Niskayuna, NY   February 11, 2014

I have been away on vacation and was saddened by the news of John's passing. He played on my team a few years ago and I truly enjoyed his company. We always kidded each other at the games. He will surely be missed.

Posted by Jerry Wall - Bennington, VT - CSBL   February 11, 2014

Dear Family, No words can express how sad we are to know of Juan's very untimely passing, we grieve with you all on this sad loss. He was a fine man and an important part of our lives, and he will be very much missed by everyone who knew him. How happy we were to see both he and Ivette comfortable and happy in the little house in Schenectady, and to help them get settled there. We were just getting to know him, we did not have nearly enough time, but we cherish the memories we made there. Que musica! Que familia! Vida es muy corta, Vaya con Dios mi amigo.

Posted by Patricia & Cesare Leonetti - Schenectady, NY - Friends & Landlord   February 10, 2014

I am very sorry to hear about this loss! My name is Jonathan and I live in your neighborhood and I am delivering a comforting message to people. It's a promise from God at John 5:28,29 which promises that we will all see Juan again very soon. I wish your family the best and hope you cope well.

With love,
Your neighbor Jonathan

Posted by Jonathan    February 10, 2014

Our hearts go out to Ivette, and Juan's family and friends for their incomprehensible loss! Ron and I wish to thank Juan's family for allowing us to share in the wonderful tribute to Juan's life where beautiful memories were shared by family and friends alike. The bongo-playing was the perfect send-off! Although I did not share this with everyone at the service, I will always cherish the memory of his gentle voice asking me if I needed more coffee; his quiet appearances behind my desk asking for tape, scissors, and/or paper clips that were, in reality, a way to engage in conversation; and my favorite memories of all, the times we danced at a co-worker's wedding, at my birthday party, and in the aisles during late-night sessions at LBDC! I'm sure when and where we meet again, there will be plenty of office supplies, coffee, conversation, and music and dancing to share! Meanwhile, the Comparer's Unit will not be the same without our "Juansky's" sweet and gentle presence!
Debbie and Ron Tripp

Posted by Debbie Tripp - Saratoga Springs, NY - co-worker   February 09, 2014

It is with a heavy heart that I received the news of Juan's sudden passing. He was such a kind and gentle man. He always appeared with a smile on his face and a good word to say about everyone. We actually played against each other last Saturday during our CSBL game at noon. Juan did seem to be oddly quiet and unemotional - which was bit out of character for him. He did play in the game although without his usual intensity. He was always one of the guys you looked forward to seeing and conversing with whether he was on your team or one of the other teams. Juan's presence will be missed and his sudden passing is an all too real reminder to all of us that what we call life is nothing but a frail connection to this world and that connection can be broken at any point in time. Juan's connection with all of us will be remembered as being time well spent. The CSBL will of course continue however, not without a heavy heart as we mourn the loss of yet another treasured teammate. Juan truly did leave us with a better place. May he rest in eternal peace until we meet again.

Posted by Vincent DiGiulio, Sr. - Clifton Park, NY - Friend from CSBL   February 08, 2014


May you fly high my friend in the arms of Jesus. You are missed so very much, as a better gentleman could not be found!!! Rest in the love of God's arms Juan!!! Love, peace and strength be with your family to see them through this trying time. My prayers are with all!!! Blessings.

Posted by Francesca Hults-Kathmann - Oneonta, NY - Friend   February 08, 2014

Maritza & Family
My heartfelt sympathy for your loss. He will always be in your heart so hang on to the memories. Grief is a lifetime process. May the Lord Bless You & Yours.
Love Joyce

Posted by Joyce - Cohoes, NY - Friend of Maritza   February 07, 2014


Posted by JIM SHEEDY - ALBANY, NY - BASKETBALL TEAM MEMBER   February 07, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss, may the Lord be with you always...Chris & Michele

Posted by Chris & Michele Rogers - albany, NY - friend of Lilly and the children   February 07, 2014

To Juan's family may the blessings of The Lord and his eternal light be with you and your family at this difficult time. I knew Juan through mutual friends and his music . Today my brother Larry is also going to be with The Lord. He passed on the 4th. God bless

Posted by Chris foster - Clifton Park, NY - Friend   February 07, 2014


Dear Maritza and family,

Please accept my condolences on the passsing of the one who was your brother, son, father, grandfather, uncle and companion.

Dan Nicolaescu

Posted by Dan Nicolaescu - NY   February 07, 2014


I can still remember when me and your kids were growing up you would ask us those math and science questions from that booklet thing.... I couldn't stand it lol. I also remember you coming to my house to take gorgeous pics of my first born Xanobia for me. You will be missed!

Posted by Kasha    February 07, 2014



My heart goes out to you and your Family at this sad time in your lives. Please accept my sincerest condolences on behalf of your beloved Brother. Having lost a Brother, I know how difficult it is. Remember the happier times, it does help.

Love, Marilyn

Posted by Marilyn Suthers - Cohoes, NY - friend of Maritza's   February 07, 2014

It was a pleasure knowing Juan and I shall miss our late night conversations at LBDC.

Juan was a real gentleman and a great co-worker. May he rest in peace.


Bob Loeffler
Legislative Bill Drafting Commission

Posted by Robert Loeffler - Albany, NY - co-worker   February 07, 2014

I've known Juan for many years while working at LBDC. I have always considered Juan to be a dear friend. He had awesome taste in music and was a really good dancer. I remember one Latin Festival in Washington Park when he decided to become my dance instructor. It was a blast! We shared many stories over the years and had lots of laughs. Juan will truly be missed.

Posted by Gina Hall - Albany, NY - friend & co-worker   February 06, 2014

I worked with Juan for 13-14 years in Bill Drafting. He was my reading partner there for a time and we became good friends. In December 2012 he gave me a Christmas card with a gift certificate to Smith's Tavern in Voorheesville. He knew I liked to go there for pizza and beer. I told him he would have to meet me there and we could share a pizza and have a beer together. He met me there on a Friday evening after work. We sat at the bar and had beer. He showed me pictures of his cadillac that he was going to restore. My wife and son came a while later and we got a table and shared a pizza and Juan and my son talked about Carlos Santana who my son loves. Juan told him about Carlos' brother Jorge and suggested that he put some of Jorge's music on his Ipod which he did. It was a very enjoyable time that I will cherish. We talked about doing it again soon. I regret that I never got the chance to do that. Juan was one of my favorite people at bill drafting. He never had an unkind word to say about anyone. He will be missed.

Posted by Jeffrey Harris - Voorheesville, NY - co-worker and friend   February 06, 2014

Juan, You are so very missed. The halls of Bill Drafting will never be the same. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and loved ones. May you rest in peace. Love, Katrina

Posted by Katrina Susman - Schenectady, NY - Co-worker   February 06, 2014

Juan You are greatly missed at LBDC. Who else will entertain me with conga on a coffee can? Rest in peace and know we all loved you. Terry

Posted by Terry Wescott - Albany, NY - friend and co-worker   February 06, 2014

Dear members of the Vega family,

My name is Mark DeSorrento and I have been Juan's partner at work for the last year and a half. We grew to become very good friends and colleagues.

I want to mention Juan's great personal pride in his Puerto Rican heritage. I had never previously known anyone Puerto Rican and I am much the better for this initiation. Juan was a real man.

I'll always remember Juan as a dear friend and a fine fellow.

My very deepest condolences,

Posted by mark desorrento    February 06, 2014