The roofing industry is mourning the loss of Naphis Mitchell-Reyes, Sr., who passed away on Oct. 16, 2021 in Dallas. He was 56 years old.

He was born on March 10, 1965 to parents, Louis Manuel Mitchell and Rosa Delima Reyes in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He worked for Empire Roofing as its safety and risk director and was involved in developing safety programs for the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA). He dedicated nearly 20 years of his career to construction safety and successfully guided local, national and multi-national clients in health and safety through training and implementing programs.

Empire Roofing shared a video tribute to Mitchell-Reyes, including photos of him presenting to his fellow workers about safety, and shared the sentiments expressed in his obituary: “He was loved by every person that met him, he will forever be remembered in our hearts.” Empire Roofing established a memorial fund in support of his family.

In an email, Bob Pope, executive director of the MRCA, said Mitchell-Reyes’ sudden passing was a blow to all who knew him. As chairman of the MRCA Safety Committee, Mitchell-Reyes led the charge that generated the MRCA Safety Manual Template; the Hot Air & Induction Welding Safety Training Program; and the SHARP Plus Safety Certification Program.

“Naphis’ enthusiasm and dedication to the industry was inspirational,” said Pope.

Mitchell-Reyes is preceded in death by his father. He will be remembered by his wife of 14 years, Amparo Pastor. Also to cherish his memory will be his daughters: Veronica Mitchell-Garcia; Elena Mitchell-Pastor; and Rebeca Cabanes Pastor. As well as his sons: Naphis Aliel Mitchell Jr. and Jose Cabanes Pastor. Grandchildren Aliel Mitchell, Sofia Garcia, Mateó García, and Annie Cabanes.

Click here to visit Empire Roofing’s memorial fund.