Jose "Pepe" E. Tamayo, of Fairfield, formerly of Shelton, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, while traveling in Peru.

Born in Lima, Peru, Sept. 23, 1932, to Jose Miguel and Enriqueta Tamayo, Pepe spent many years of his childhood living abroad in Paris, France and Washington, D.C. Tamayo completed his studies at Markham College in Peru and moved to the United States to attend Cornell University. Upon graduation, Tamayo became a U.S. citizen and spent many years living in New York City before settling in Fairfield County.

Tamayo went built a foundry business in Bridgeport, J.E.T. Corporation, which he owned and operated for 30 years. His son joined the business in 1999, and the two enjoyed working together and seeing each other on a daily basis.

Tamayo is survived by his son, Jose Luis Tamayo and his wife, Julie; three grandchildren, Sofia, Jose Enrique and Alessandra; sisters Olga Tamayo and Graciela Park; nephew Ernest Park and his wife, Lauren; niece Grace Park; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 1719 Post Rd., in Fairfield.