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Brandon Gabino Gonzalez, Born January 06, 2003 Trenton NJ, passed away at home surrounded by his loved one on January 12,2023. He was 20 years old.
Brandon aka “BG” was a graduate of Steinert High School Class of 2021. He was currently in his second year of college at Villanova University, where he was a brother of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
As a Wildcat, he enjoyed many basketball games. Brandon also loved to play sports. He played baseball for Sunnybrae Little League, played travel soccer for the Hamilton Hawks, and football for the Hamilton P.A.L. He inspired many people with his strength and bravery during his battle with cancer.
Brandon founded his own foundation called BrandonStrong.org His inspiration came from up above and he never gave up on anything or anyone. His foundation focuses on aiding families that are undergoing hardships by supporting them emotionally and financially. BrandonStrong.org recently sold t-shirts and raised enough money to sponsor their first family in crisis. This was an accomplishment he was very proud of.
Brandon was a medical miracle because of his strength and drive to succeed. No matter how big or small the challenge was, he was up for it. His spirit was that of a warrior. He lived his life like a Champion! “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) was his motto. Whether skydiving in Hawaii, snorkeling in Mexico, hiking and white water rafting in PA, or attending concerts all over the East Coast, he loved his life and all the adventures. He always said “I’m here for a good time, not a long time.” He was grateful for all the time spent on earth and felt blessed by God for every precious time he had.
All the adventures in the world were not as important to Brandon as his parents Gabino and Maria, his younger brother Jason, who he loved deeply and wanted to be a good role model. He loved his dogs Hazel, Nova, and late dog Rocky. As a family, they enjoyed time by traveling, shopping and having steak dinners on Sundays.
Brandon was the life of the party. He loved his friends and enjoyed time with them. His friends describe him as someone with the most contagious laugh with a smile that could light up any room. No matter the occasion Brandon always cared about his appearance often known as “best dress” and always had the best playlist. Brandon has left his friends with countless memories that they will never be forget #RealFriends
Brandon leaves behind to cherish his memory, his parents, Gabino and Maria Gonzalez; his little brother, Jason Gonzalez; his maternal grandmother, Blanca Gonzalez; his maternal grandfather, Jose Gonzalez; his paternal grandparents, Luis and Sahara Gonzalez; his maternal aunts and uncles, Jennifer Salgado (Edwin Leon), Bryant Salgado, Elias Gonzalez (Yessica), Veronica Gonzalez (Daniel Pinos), Antonio Gonzalez (Rosalinda), Marcelo Gonzalez (Nelly), Marco Gonzalez (Rocio); his paternal aunts and uncles, Ligia Gonzalez (Manuel), Manuel Gonzalez (Amira), Enrique Gonzalez (Ligia Sanmartin), Carmita Gonzalez (Darwin Penafiel), Gloria Gonzalez (Nestor Crespo), and Tanya Gonzalez (Brenda Ramirez); a Godson, Liam Leon; as well as many close cousins, and other family and friends.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday, January 16, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Hamilton Brenna-Cellini Funeral Home, 2365 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08619. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 11:00 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 555 Yardville-Allentown Rd., Yardville, NJ. Entombment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, 1200 Cedar Lane, Hamilton, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Brandon’s memory to his foundation www.brandonstrong.org.
Please visit Brandon’s tribute page at www.brennacellinifuneralhomes.com