Avelino E. Avelenda, the father of New jersey Democratic State Committee Executive Director Saily Avelenda, died on September 7. He was 86.
Avelenda was born in Cuba and was a longtime resident of Union City.
“I know from working alongside Saily the last several months how close her family is and how much she loved her Dad, and my heart goes out to her in this difficult time,” said Democratic State Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr. “An immigrant from Cuba who settled in Hudson County after coming to our country, Avelino built a rich, full life for himself here and raised a loving family that is a testament to the wonderful man he was — he truly lived the American Dream, and his memory will not be forgotten.”
In addition to his daughter, Avelenda is survived by his wife, Florita, his son, Avelino J. Avelenda, their spouses, and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-8 PM at the Barquin Funeral Home in Guttenberg, and a funeral mass at St. Augustine’s R.C. Church in Union City.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in honor of Avelenda be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering.