David Ruiz Gonzalez '' Poppy'' , 69, of 329 Hanover St., passed away at the Mid State Medical Center on March 22, 2004 after a long and courageous battle with diabetes and heart problems. He leaves behind his loving wife Louise Sweeney Gonzalez. Born on September 15, 1934 in Aquada, Puerto Rico to the late Juan and Gregoria Ruiz Gonzalez. He was employed as a machine operator at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in North Haven until his retirement. He was an avid sports fan his favorite teams being the New York Mets and the men's and women's UConn teams. Besides his wife he is survived by three daughters, Cecilia Regan, Lillian Gonzalez, Janet Gonzalez and her husband, Eric Davenport all of Meriden, one son, David Gonzalez Jr. of Meriden. Three brothers, Charles Gonzalez, Cruz and Dima Ruiz and one sister, Cecilia Nieves all of Aguada, Puerto Rico. He also leaves four grandchildren, Timothy Regan Jr., Jessica Regan, Vanessa Davenport and Jon Davenport all of Meriden. He was predeceased by four sisters, Maria and Pasquala Gonzalez, Carmen Crespo, and Nelise Alvarez. Relatives and friends may call at BEECHER &BENNETT FLATOW Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden on Wednesday, March 24 from 4-8 p.m. Funeral service will be at the funeral home on Thursday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford,CT 06492 or the American Diabetes Association, 300 Research Parkway, Meriden,CT 06450.

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