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Donald John Cardoza

May 13, 1968 — April 26, 2022



WATERBURY - Donald John "Fat Man" Cardoza Jr. age 53 of Waterbury passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, April 26th 2022 surrounded by the love and comfort of his family after an extended illness. He was the long-time companion of Mayra Hernandez.

Donald was born on May 13th 1968 in Waterbury CT the son of Mamie (Boone) Cardoza and the late Donald J. Cardoza Sr. He was a graduate of Crosby High School and worked as a repair technician for Envipco Manufacturing until his disability. Prior to this, he spent several years working for the city of Waterbury Education Department as a custodian at Bucks Hill School. Donald loved to cook especially for his family and grandchildren and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He also enjoyed music and dancing and was always happiest while spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Donald will be remembered as a fighter and as a man who was always able to beat the odds.

Left to honor his legacy and cherish his memory beside his long-time companion Mayra Hernandez of 29 years he leaves his sons Donald J. Cardoza III, Javier Hernandez, Alex Hernandez, his daughters Dontia Ladawn Cardoza, Nicole Hernandez, Diomara Hernandez all of Waterbury. He also leaves his twin brother Ronald L. Cardoza, his brother Reginald Boone and his wife Annette, his sister Vanessa Cardoza and her husband Alan, and Cindy Cardoza and her husband Stacey all of Waterbury. Donald was blessed with 10 grandchildren whom he loved dearly as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Life for Mr. Cardoza will be held on Friday, May 6th, 2022 at 3:30 pm at Casey's Eastside Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services 1987 East Main St Waterbury, Ct 06705. Relatives and friends may visit with Cardoza/Hernandez families on Friday afternoon from 2:00pm until the time of the service at 3:30pm. Burial will be held privately and at the convenience of his family. Loving-kindness is always welcome, and it only takes a moment to offer a message of condolence, words of comfort, or to share a memory with the family and friends of someone that was important to you. Please do that on the funeral home tribute page at .
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