Jose Morales Saez, a man of faith

April 1, 2021

Jose (Rosario) Morales Saez of Milford, and his twin brother Juan (Sarito) were born June 23, 1949, in Jayuya, Puerto Rico.  They were the sons of Francisco Morales and Reyes Saez.

Jose loved his native Puerto Rico, but moved to the states to seek work. Jose arrived in the states at the tender age of 16 and subsequently arrived in Milton. During the 1960s many Puerto Ricans left their beloved Puerto Rico for job opportunities. Jose found employment at the Draper-King Cole factory and subsequently met and married Patricia Ann (Horsey) Saez.

The beautiful couple raised seven children who cherished their parents. In the 1980s, Jose and Patricia began working at Casa San Francisco in Milton. While working at Casa they were able to help thousands of people during their greater than 25 years of service. During that time, they also created friendships that would last a lifetime. Jose has always been a hard worker and would work two jobs most of his life to provide for his family.

Jose also worked in construction most of his life, and subsequently started Saez and Sons Roofing with his youngest son, Juan, in 1999. Saez and Sons Roofing has been prosperous and has built a great reputation over the years. The business was subsequently transferred to Juan, who has continued the great work ethic started over 20 years ago.

All of his children could attest to the fact that Dad always loved following fire trucks and ambulances. Jose subsequently joined the Milton Fire Department, working as an EMT, ambulance driver and a fire policeman. Jose worked tirelessly responding to fire calls over the years. It was only declining health that stopped him from responding to the fire calls. Jose was honored as a lifetime member of the Milton Fire Department. 

Jose was a man of faith and would help anyone in need. Jose’s world was turned upside down with the passing of his wife of 30 years, Patricia, April 1, 2006. Jose would suffer another devasting loss with the death of his son, Eduardo Miguel Saez and his wife Priscilla June 5, 2013. The Horsey/Saez family has always been known as an extremely close family and, because of their faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they have been able to persevere. 

Jose’s life experienced a breath of fresh air and sunshine when he would marry Beverly (Howell) Saez in 2013. This woman of God was able to fill a void that his children, as much as we loved him, could not fill. The two of them had a beautiful marriage and complemented one another totally. Dad did not travel a lot, but Beverly was able to convince him to take a cruise to the Bahamas which they enjoyed immensely. Dad loved to work in his garden and plant trees and flowers. Jose and Beverly enjoyed attending Kingdom Worship Ministries faithfully under Overseer Malissa Dukes. Due to dad’s declining health they could not travel as much as they would have liked, but Beverly was faithful and protective of her husband until his death. 

Jose Morales Saez transitioned at home to the loving arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Sunday, March 28, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francisco Morales and Reyes Saez; brothers Felipe, Panchito and Daniel; sisters Gloria, Carmen and Paula; wife Patricia Ann Saez; son Eduardo Miguel Saez; daughter-in-law Priscilla Saez; granddaughters Christina Stevens and Patricia Elena Saez.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of eight years, Beverly Saez; daughter Maria Horsey; sons Ozell Horsey, Timothy Horsey, Antonio and Lori Saez, Jose and Zona Saez, and Juan Saez Sr.; and ex-daughter-in-law Christina Saez (who remains a special member of the Saez family); and his stepdaughter, Oshell and Jermaine Cooper; his siblings, twin brother Juan (Sarito), Pablo, and sister Margarita; a host of grandchildren, DJ, Terez, Timisha, Brittany, Ashley, Tomiko, Shanell, Antonio Jr., Juan Jr., Jordan, Trevon, Sean, Marc, Mari, Keila, Journey, Maya, Eduardo Jr., Destiny, Timothy Jr., Daniel, Jose III, Simone and Stan; as well as 11 great-grandchildren.  

Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, April 3, at 1 p.m., at Jesus is Lord Deliverance, 40 Ingramtown Road Georgetown. Family and friends may visit three hours prior to the service.

To offer words of comfort or sign the guestbook  visit Professional service entrusted to Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Milford.

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