Maximiliano (Max) Betancur

Betancur, Maximiliano (Max) age 90, a life-long resident of Cranston, Rhode Island was called to his heavenly father on March 1, 2015 at Rhode Island Hospital after a brief hospital stay. He passed away peacefully surrounded by members of his entire family.

Max, as he was lovingly known, was born on October 10, 1924 in Angostura, Antioquia (Col.) to Balbino Betancur and Rose Amelia Giraldo De Betancur of Angostura, Antioquia, Colombia. Max had worked as a foreman in the textile industry for many years, both in the North Carolina and Rhode Island where he permanently remained for the rest of his life until retiring in the mid 90’s.

He is survived by his former wife Maria F. Betancur; his children and spouses Samuel (Sam) Betancur wife Marta of Cumberland, R.I. Gladys Betancur of Cranston, R.I., Doris Betancur of West Palm Beach, Florida, Maria E. Betancur of Cumberland, R.I., Rogelio (Julio) Betancur of Cumberland, R.I. Diana Betancur of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Daryl Betancur, spouse Dennis Weems of Calabasas, California; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Additionally, he is also survived by many near and distant relatives in Connecticut and many parts of Colombia.

Max was preceded in death by his siblings: Medardo Betancur, Gabriela Betancur De Perez, Justo Betancur, Rosalba Betancur De Lopez, Margarita Betancur, and daughter Olivia Arroyave Betancur.

Max was a loving and caring father who loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren with whom he enjoyed spending time with. He was a dedicated and working man who at an early age, had the good judgment, vision and courage to immigrate to the United States in search of a new life for his family. He was a man of faith and loved the Lord with all his heart, often times taking time to offer help to newly arrived Colombian immigrants who needed help in simple things such as rendering assistance to people who needed to find employment or giving them a ride to work. He made friends easily and had a witty sense of humor, always carrying himself with pride, confidence and charisma as he went about his business. These qualities proved to be helpful as he was forging a new life for him and his family upon arriving in the Unites States.

Throughout the course of his life, Max made many long-lasting friends both here and abroad with whom he remained connected. He was also a gifted musician, who played the guitar in his spare time and loved playing cards and dominos. What most people do not know about Max is that before immigrating to the U.S., he served in the Colombian Armed Forces and was honorably discharged.

Max will be sadly missed by his family and all those who knew him. He made an impact in the lives of many while in the journey of his earthly life.

“We will see his reflection and hear his voice echo in the things he left behind…
in the memories that will touch us when we least expect them…
in the stories he shared…
the family traits he passed down…
in the love that will keep him
close to our heart forever.” (Unknown)
Father, we bid you farewell. Go…go gently…

Funeral services are under the care of Butterfield Home and Chapel, 500 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, Rhode Island and will be held as follows: Wake scheduled for Saturday, March 7, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with a celebration of life service on Sunday, March 8, 2:00 p.m. For further details, please contact Butterfield Home and Chapel at 401-461-0151.

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May De Gala - 03/06/2015

Glady & family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Your father will forever be by yourside in spirit. I pray you and your family find comfort in God. You are all in my prayers. God bless you all always!

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