Armstrong Maximillian Diaz – Pawtucket

Armstrong Maximillian Diaz – Pawtucket

Armstrong Maximillian Diaz, 49, of Pawtucket, originally from The Bronx, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, after a brave and lengthy battle with cancer.

Armi overcame many hardships and lived life on his own terms. From the age of 15 he survived by living in abandoned buildings on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with other homeless teens and young adults, many of whom became lifelong friends.

While homeless, he attended Manhattan Comprehensive Night High School and subsequently became an apprentice cook at the now-defunct Times Cafe. He then worked in several restaurants in Ithaca, N.Y., where he rose through the kitchen ranks to the position of saucier. He later attended Bunker Hill Community College and graduated from Massachusetts College of Art. His artwork was exhibited in several gallery shows over the years, and much of it focused on his childhood in The Bronx and his experiences while homeless.

He was a stay-at-home dad to his beloved daughter, Duvessa, for many years. He most recently worked at the Busted Knuckle Bicycle Shop and as a custodian, bartender, and volunteer chef at the German American Cultural Society, where he was also a longtime member.

Besides his daughter, he leaves behind countless friends and family who loved him. A celebration of his life will take place at a future date. Arrangements are entrusted to William W. Tripp Funeral Home, Pawtucket, R.I. For online condolences visit: TRIPPFUNERALHOME.com .