Funeral Set For Homeless Nyack Man

Orlando Florez's service will be held at St. John's Church in Piermont.

A funeral has been set for 46-year-old Orlando Florez, the homeless Nyack man found dead in Memorial Park on Christmas Eve, who is believed to have froze to death.

The funeral will be held Saturday, Dec. 29 at St. John's Church in Piermont. The service was organized by Hanneman Funeral Home's Keith Taylor, who was contacted by Florez's son shortly after the death.

The service will be conducted in Spanish.

The medical examiner's office has not yet confirmed what killed Florez, but Orangetown Police said it was likely the cold, and not foul play. Authorities said Florez may have drank enough to pass out beforehand.

Florez was discovered by a resident walking his dog, who originally thought the man was sleeping and left to buy him a coat and breakfast.

stephany December 28, 2012 at 10:24 PM
"Authorities said Florez may have drank enough to pass out beforehand." yea and he could have had a heart attack,,when you get your md you can offer your opinion.. Even if it is not too out of the realm of possibility what possible need is there for you to guess about anything.
tricia December 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Saddest story ... RIP
Clarkstown life December 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM
facts never got in your way before when you 'guess' about what happened in an incident
Laura Rose December 28, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Does someone have a picture of him?
Lou Terminello December 28, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Well said stephany. There is no need to speculate as to the cause of death without performing an autopsy. May his soul rest in peace.
Chris December 28, 2012 at 11:37 PM
stephany December 29, 2012 at 12:34 AM
anybody "may" drink enough to pass out beforehand, if that even makes sense.so it is irrelevant and spoken for 1 purpose which was in No uncertain terms speaking ill of the dead. If I was the son I would sue the person that said it. whether or not it is true. the one thing that is certain is the guy who said it did NOT know and had no right to speculate Oh! back to me guessing?,you mean this. http://tinyurl.com/cmdhvu6 .thanks for reminding me. it's been about 10 weeks and the investigation is still continuing.lol .even you have to agree the families have he right to know what happened,and i don't do a lot of guessing I do question things that make no sense or are prejudicial against ordinary citizens.as in certain people with certain jobs get a pass whether they are working or not.see link for example don't read me..that should free up a lot of your on and off duty time.have a cup of coffee and another donut on me.not
Cathy Theresa December 29, 2012 at 01:41 AM
It is very nice of the Hannemann Funeral Home to organize the service for Mr. Florez. Once again Keith Taylor reaches out and helps the less fortunate of our community. May you rest in peace Mr. Florez.
Marianne Reilly December 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM
It's terrible someone should be homeless left out in the cold to die. Regardless if drinking was or wasn't involved. Everyone should have a home.
Watchdog December 29, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Sad, yes everyone should have a home but some do not want a home. Perhaps his family did everything they could to help him over the years but unless he wanted to help himself, it woud be to no avail. Many times in cases like this if the individual did not want to help himself, the family would be advised to detach until he was willing to go into treatment. Deaths from alcohol and drugs are very prevalent al over the world. They are all sad but in some cases are self-imposed.
Dennis December 29, 2012 at 02:52 PM
RIP Mr Florez. All too often our homeless are forgotten. Helping Hands is one organization that feeds and shelters the homeless during the winter season and also assists year round with their outreach center. Consider volunteering for much needed cause!
Joseph J Gannon December 29, 2012 at 03:44 PM
The operative words in the news report are that the very compassionate Funeral Director contacted his "son". There's no family involvement for a reason and perhaps it is unsaid what detritis, such as alcohol containers, was found with the body by the "authorities" (I.e., the police who undoubtedly were familiar with him). So, all the handwringing fails to address the realism. People don't sleep in parks in the dead of winter. As is noted, good people in community groups do their best to provide hot meals and/or overnight shelter. He obviously had his own demons and didn't deal with them. He didn't show up in that park.In the years gone by of NYC's Bowery, a great many of the residents used to come to Midtown so that the police would arrest them so they could get shelter (albeit in the City Workhouse) and medical attention. A bit primitive but it worked. Look at some of the old Riis photos of the homeless huddled around stoves in NYC police precincts. The police are generally not allowed to so intervene in our new era of political correctness nor do they have the facilities to do so. The bottom line, then and now, was that you would be deprived of alcohol for the period of sheltering. Some opt not to and sadly, suffer the consequences. Nonetheless, the actions of Hannemans and St. John's are to be commended.
stephany December 29, 2012 at 06:02 PM
"The operative words in the news report are that the very compassionate Funeral Director contacted his "son"" what it does say is this "The service was organized by Hanneman Funeral Home's Keith Taylor, "who was contacted" by Florez's son shortly after the death." you got it 100% backwards.the Funeral home and or Kieth did NOT seek him out they were sought out and may or not be getting paid.the son was involved enough to bury his father. he did not have to. because bottles were found near him does not mean they were his.Might be --probably might be, but not definitely it has been mentioned that lots of people frequent this place and I doubt Florez was the only drinker
E. Curtin December 29, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Maybe he was drinking. Maybe he was not drinking. The drinking issue seems unfounded and anyway not the issue. The tragedy is the horrific circumstances of the end of a relatively short life. And hell, think about it: if any one of us was sleeping in a frigid park at Christmas surrounded by warm comfortable homes decorated with twinkling lights, Christmas trees in windows, perhaps we might want a drink to keep warm and/or blunt the reality of what had to be a grim existence. Holidays can be tough for those of us not homeless, but this poor man ...
E. Curtin December 29, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Also, does anyone have a picture of him?
Joseph J Gannon December 30, 2012 at 03:17 AM
A subsequent report (today's J/N quotes Det/Sgt Garrecht in OPD) says he had no family. It also mentions that he was known to be among a number of people who congregate there to drink. Thge Mayor of Nyack acknowledges that and that the toilets there had to be locked because of the accompanying conduct. So frame this anyway you'd like. The man's cause of death is misadventure seemingly occasioned by alcoholism. Didn't realize I was dealing with a crime scene investigator.
Joseph J Gannon December 30, 2012 at 03:19 AM
You are perfectly free to be in denial of the obvious of what transpired here.
stephany December 30, 2012 at 04:10 AM
you referenced this story not the jn story. you quoted something that was not there,I saw your error and pointed it out, you now reference another story from another source subsequent to this one and use the phrase "seemingly occasioned" subsequent to my last post, you fail cop 101 and there was still no point in saying it. who cares what you think you know but didn't. don't need to be anything to refute your comment you did it yourself.
Joseph J Gannon December 30, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Little purpose to be served engaging someone who may have their own unresolved issues. Ta-Ta!
Clarkstown life December 30, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Your are 100 percent right Joseph.....don't waste your time.....
stephany December 30, 2012 at 08:42 PM
and c-get a life--please follow your own recommendation..don't waste your time in my profile and commenting on my comments for no other reason than to diagree I am sure, no assumption here, that I am not alone in wanting C-get-a-life out of me patch life.. you and your cronies are trolls and should be banned
Clarkstown life December 30, 2012 at 09:42 PM
stephany, again i must say, i will post where i see fit. you and your posts are laughable and sad at the same time


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