Segundo Joaquin "Papi" Porras

segundo porras

October 11, 1929 ~ December 1, 2021

Segundo Joaquin Porras (age 92) of Leonia passed away on Wednesday December 1, 2021. He was born on October 11, 1929 in Latacunga, Ecuador and was known as “Papi” to so many. He emigrated in 1961 from his homeland; valiantly leaving his loved ones and embarking on a journey to provide a better life for his family, and in doing so he was able to help many others in migrating to the United States. Thus, many of his friends and relatives refer to him as “El Pionero”, The Pioneer. The focus of Segundo’s life was his family and friends – especially his grandchildren. He will be remembered as someone who was friendly, generous with his time, always dancing and whose smile lit up any room.

Beloved husband of Maria Teresita. Devoted father of Patricio, Leon, Cornelio, Fernando, Anita, and Rodrigo. Cherished grandfather of Christine, Jonathan, Kevin, Christopher, Steven, Ryan, Samantha, Lauren, Valerie, Fernando, and Zachary. Cherished Great Grandfather of David, Daniel, and Elena. Loving brother of Humberto, Eloisa and the late Belisario, Maria, Lucita, and Zoila.

The family will receive their family and friends this Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street "opposite the Fort Lee Library". The celebration of his funeral mass will be Monday, December 6th in St. John's R. C. Church at 10:30 AM. For condolences, directions, or information call (201) 944-0100 or


Mass: December 6, 2021 10:30 am

St. John R. C. Church
Broad & Harrison Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605

Visitation at Funeral Home: December 5, 2021 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. Pat,Alice and family our condolences you are all in our thoughts and prayers may your memories bring you comfort of your sweet father and may he RIP.
    Your neighbors Rick and Patti

  2. Remembering all the childhood events when we would gather together. One thing I always looked up to with my uncle is the legacy he left behind. He can rest easy knowing that he brought so much good into the world. Something to aspire to.

  3. Pat, Alice & Family; please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. – Your nephew, Alex A.

  4. A todos quienes forman parte de la gran familia de quien en vida fue Don Segundo Porras reciban nuestra nota de pesar y sinceras condolencias ante tan irreparable perdida.
    Nos quedan memorables recuerdos de Don Segundo un hombre de gran corazon de sentimientos nobles y muy carinoso, siempre listo a extender su mano a quien lo necesitare.
    Dios lo tenga en su gloria, siempre lo recordaremos.
    Descanse en Paz Don Segundo.
    Hugo Reinoso y Familia

  5. We are so sorry for your loss. Papi was the most amazing neighbor I had met. A very kind, helpful and loving man. We will miss you Papi.

  6. Thank you to all of you who joined us in celebrating Papi's live. Allow me to share wiht you special dedication from all the siblimgs that Anita expressed so eloquenlty.
    Gracias a todos quw nos acompanan a celebrar la Vida de Papi. Permítanme compartir con ustedes la especial dedicación de todos los hermanos que Anita expresó con tanta elocuencia.

    On behalf of my family, I would like to begin by thanking everyone who is here
    today and for those who have sent their condolences. We have received countless phone
    calls, text messages, thoughts, prayers, flowers and meals. They have been both
    comforting during this difficult time and have been a reminder of the impact that my
    father had on so many others. He would have been so honored and humbled by all of the
    love of his family and friends in this church today.

    My name is Anita, and I am the daughter of Segundo Joaquin Porras Zambonino.
    My father was a great man. He was dearly loved by his wife Teresita, children,
    grandchildren, great grandchildren, siblings, daughters in law, son in law, cousins, nieces,
    nephews and friends. Although he came from simple beginnings, he worked very hard to
    provide his children with a better life. He had to leave his family and immigrated to the
    United States alone, without any resources, but he was never afraid of taking on new
    challenges. After working very hard, he was able to bring his wife and children to this
    country. Despite obstacles, he helped many friends and family members migrate to the
    United States and he took such pride in being the pioneer of our family. He and my
    mother built a strong foundation for us and were a prime example of how dedication and
    hard work can not only create a powerful legacy, but achieve the American Dream.

    Family meant everything to my father. It was fitting that we all called him Papi,
    because he was a father figure to not only his children but to many. He was an active
    father who was very involved in our lives and supported us in anything we did. He was
    never in a rush when it came to spending time with his children and was a very patient
    man. Even after working two jobs, he never complained about being tired and made time
    to take us to the park or the beach on Sundays. However, he was also a stern authority
    figure and taught us valuable lessons on respect, morals, and family values. Yet, at the
    same time he was our biggest supporter, taught us how to believe in ourselves, and never
    doubt our own potential. Also, it is truly remarkable how our parents stressed the
    importance of education in our lives and made many sacrifices to send us all to private
    schools. Throughout the years, my Dad’s strong and strict demeanor transitioned to a
    softer and more gentle nature that his grandchildren would go on to know and love.

    He was also Papi to his grandchildren, who viewed him as their hero. Their
    version of Papi was someone who was always present and there to guide them. He
    enjoyed chaperoning field trips, passing down his handyman skills to grandsons, packing
    up his blue Suburban with as many grandkids as possible, and especially being the first
    one there to pick them up and drop them off at school. He was a valuable member of the
    Leonia community- and a treasured member of the group of Abuelos who waited
    patiently for their grandchildren everyday. Papi loved sharing his life stories and love for
    life with his grandchildren. He could be found dancing or taking selfies with his
    granddaughters at every party and always posing for pictures with all his grandsons.
    Although he was not always a man of many words- he would often sit back on the
    sidelines and observe the beautiful family he created in complete awe and visible pride.
    At every family gathering and holiday, his warmth was palpable. His smile lit up every
    room and somehow he made everyone feel seen, heard and loved.

    Whether you knew him as Papi, Abuelito, Pollito, Segundo or Joaquin, he was
    exactly the same to us all. He was your trusted friend and you knew it from the moment
    you met him. As we grieve the loss of this incredible man, remember that grief is the
    price of love. Gracias Papi, por sus sabias enseñanzas, sus consejos, su amor, su esfuerzo
    y sus sacrificios para toda la familia. Nunca morirá en nuestros corazones y siempre
    estará presente en nuestras vidas. Papi, thank you for everything you’ve given us during
    your precious time on earth. May you Rest in Peace. We love you forever. Adiós mi querido Papi.

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