Christian Bermeo, 28, in Motorcycle Crash
Christian Bermeo was “a simple guy,” his oldest brother, Franklin Bermeo, said. He lived in his brother’s house on Hollyoak Avenue in Springs with his brother’s family and their parents. He worked hard and saved his money to send to his 5-year-old son back in Ecuador, where he planned to build a house.
Mr. Bermeo died at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital from injuries sustained in a crash while riding his motorcycle on Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs on Sunday evening. He was 28.
Known as Kiki, he was funny and smart, a nice guy, who was always generous to those he loved, his family said. His brother Franklin Bermeo said he was often the designated driver for his friends, just to make sure everyone got home safely.
Employed as a carpenter for his cousin Cesar Dominguez’s business, D&D Carpentry, he worked on high-end houses on the South Fork. Mr. Dominguez said he was a hard worker who got to job sites early. He previously worked for Bulgin & Associates, a maintenance and estate management company in Southampton.
Mr. Bermeo had salvaged a bathroom vanity that a homeowner was throwing away and installed it in a bathroom for his family. He was getting ready to work on the rest of the bathroom, his brother said.
Christian Santiago Bermeo Guanga was born on Dec. 15, 1989, in Cuenca, Ecuador, the second youngest of five children. His parents, Mariana Guanga and Leoncio Bermeo, who survive, immigrated to the United States in 1996 and came to East Hampton, where other family members had settled.
When Mr. Bermeo was 14, he joined them in Springs. He attended East Hampton High School, and his first job as a teenager was at the Amagansett Mobil station. He returned to Ecuador frequently and ended up earning a diploma there.
Mr. Bermeo had a son, Dylan Sebastian Bermeo Acurio, with his girlfriend, Gabriela Acurio. The couple planned to marry soon, and he was saving money to build a house. On Sunday, he passed up a trip to New York City to save money and instead decided to play soccer with friends at the fields on Stephen Hand’s Path in East Hampton, a Sunday evening tradition during summer. He was headed there when the crash occurred.
Mr. Bermeo enjoyed soccer and also played in the Amagansett league on a family team that they called Cousins, because they were all related. A tall man, he was in good shape naturally, his brother said, but he also liked to work out at Body Tech in Amagansett.
Mr. Bermeo loved taking his brother’s dog, a beagle named Hachi that the family brought from Ecuador four years ago, for walks and runs. He taught him tricks. They would sleep together, and when Mr. Bermeo would go in the bathroom, the dog would wait for him, his brother said. “Christian is in love with Hachi,” his brother said. They said the dog is still looking for him to come home.
In addition to his son, parents, oldest brother and youngest sister, he is also survived by an older brother, Fabian Bermeo Guanga of Ecuador, his older sister, Jenny Bermeo Guanga of Southampton, and his younger sister, Mayra Bermeo Guanga of Riverhead. Three nephews and two nieces also survive.
The family received visitors at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton yesterday from 6 to 10 p.m. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. Mr. Bermeo was cremated.