MANCHESTER, NH — Julio R. “Jay” Sotomayor III, 27, who died Tuesday from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash on Brown Avenue, is being remembered as a fun-loving, gentle and caring man who loved to play practical jokes on his friends and family.
Brielle Lapiana of Hudson, Sotomayor’s fiance, started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to help her and his family cover expenses. Lapiana says she works and is also attending grad school. By noon Friday, people had donated more than $6,000.
According to Lapiana, Sotomayor was a hard-working man, logging long hours all week and always working overtime on the weekends to make sure they had everything they needed.
He had a “work hard, play hard” attitude toward life, she said.
According to his obituary posted by the Lambert Funeral Home, Sotomayor was born in Manchester, the son of Lauraine M. Graham Johnson and Julio Sotomayor Jr.
He was educated in Manchester, attended Bedford High School and worked as a delivery driver for Prodough for three years.
Sotomayor was the guy who would give you the shirt off his back and had the most beautiful soul, according to his obituary.
Calling hours were Friday, July 19, from 3 to 7 p.m. in Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, Manchester.
A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, at 10 a.m. from St. Marie Church, 378 Notre Dame Ave., Manchester. Committal prayers will follow in the mausoleum at Mount Calvary Cemetery, 474 Goffstown Road, Manchester.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter, 190 Dunbarton Road.
To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.lambertfuneralhome.