January 14, 1964 ~ May 5, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 11 o’clock AM
Friendly Baptist Church
Bronx, New York
Desmond Christopher Miguel was born Tuesday, January 14, 1964 in New York City to the late John Antonio and Jean Rodriguez Miguel. He departed this life on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Harlem Hospital at age 50.
He graduated from Rice high school and attended City College of New York.
Raised in Spanish Harlem by a single Mother, he took on being the man of the house at an early age. as his sister would say "Desmond always knew how to provide for his family.
At age of 21 he obtained a job as a 911 operator to assist with family expenses. His good looks and charm enabled him to talk his way in or out of anything. In the Johnson Projects where he grew up, he stayed dedicated to helping his mother and his sisters children teaching them the importance of the chain of command … a lesson he taught all his nieces and nephews and eventually his own children. He ran into some obstacles in his life but remained positive throughout the years.
In 1995 he met and married the love of his life Sharolyn Canty. He then moved into MS houses with his wife and step son where he lived out the rest of his years raising his daughters and son. Later, he was baptized as a member of the Friendly Baptist Church. He devoted his life to his children and working constantly to provide the best for his children and beloved wife. His kind heart and generosity didn't end with his family, everyone in his community knew him as Uncle Des or Miguel the man who would go out his way to help people in any way he could.
Education and family was very important to him. He would say we are Miguels’ and encourage his family to be proud of that. He was a protector and a provider to all his family and a father figure to many. Also known for his humorous sayings such as "Long hair don't care" "Mama didn't raise no fool" or "Go read a book". He will forever be missed by his community, family and anyone that knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sharolyn Canty Miguel, two daughters Da jane and Jean Miguel of the home; one son Branden Canty of Gloversville, NY; two sisters, Panchita Miguel of New York, NY and Daranice Miguel of Atlanta, GA; one sister-in-law Bridgette H (Patrick) Carter Columbia SC; two Brothers-in-law, Bertrand (Laura) Canty and Kareem (Nichole) Canty both of New York, NY; mother-in-law, Rosa A Canty; one uncle, Raymond Rodriguez; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends too numerous to name.