Bernardo Paredes, Rivers Casino & Resort

It is with great sadness that the family of Bernardo (“Benny” aka “Nardo”) Paredes announces his passing on May 31, 2020, at his home in Albany, NY at the age of 47 due to a sudden heart attack. “Benny”, as he was most affectionately known, was raised in a loving home, the son of Anita Paredes and father Pedro Antonio Collado Diaz, who preceded him in Heaven. Benny is survived by his dearest sibling, Jacqueline Paredes, and his cherished children, Bernardo Paredes, Jr., Kiara Paredes and Abrianna Sagodha Paredes whom he loved with all his heart. Acting as a second father, he also raised his beloved nephew, Frank Commisso II – and bonded with newly connected nephew Antony Juan Collado. Benny also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, cousins (or, as he liked to call them, “cuzos”) and friends – so many of which he loved and are impossible to mention. Benny was raised and grew up in the glittering streets of Harlem, NY. There he spent his formative years before moving to Albany, NY to be by his only sister who he loved immensely and with whom he had an unyielding bond. Over the course of many years, Benny forged strong friendships and goodwill with friends and colleagues that he worked with when employed by the NYS Senate, Rivers Casino and the NYS Assembly. True to being a tireless and hard worker, Benny often worked seven days a week and always performed his duties with a smile and good humor. Benny was a proud union delegate. Benny was also a man who had eclectic musical tastes. He loved listening to old school hip-hop and R&B music, classic rock and Frank Sinatra. While his ear for music was unmatched, his reputation for singing out of tune was equally memorable. Whenever we hear his favorite music, Benny will always be remembered fondly for freestyling his own lyrics in a booming voice that could be heard hundreds of yards away to everyone’s delight and consternation. Benny’s loss leaves a giant void in the lives of all the people he’s touched. Those who crossed Benny’s path often described him as being the funniest man in the room with a laugh that was infectious. His kindness, loyalty and generosity were immeasurable. Benny was profoundly intelligent, sharply witty, and incredibly charming. Benny understood people on a deep level, and that enabled him to cultivate meaningful connections with those around him. He had an affinity for listening and making one feel special. His gift for lifting people up and giving great advice was unparalleled. He was wise beyond his years. Simply put, he had a heart of gold. Benny will be sincerely missed by everyone who knew him. To view his video tribute, click this link:|gallery|video|1760082 For the full obituary, go to: