Arturo R. Diaz
passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on December 29, 2018.
Arturo was born in Jatibonico, Cuba on October 1, 1928. He was the first of three children born to Arturo Diaz and Ana Gonzalez. He came to this country in 1961 after being lost at sea for several days. It was thanks to a West German ship that rescued my Dad and his 4 countrymen after fleeing as political prisoners from Cuba that he arrived in Miami, Florida. With only the clothes on his back and the dream for a better life for himself and his family, he and my mother Aurora were committed to a continued fight for a free Cuba and a better life for their family here in the USA.
Our father was a true hero. He was an active standing member of the 30th of November Movement, an organization dedicated to bringing down the Castro regime and one that continues its fight to this very day. Unfortunately, our father and mother never got to see a free Cuba, but they managed to bring up their young family in this wonderful country whom they loved so dearly. He brought his oldest daughter Bertha who was 6 at the time, his daughter Teresita (Terry) who was 14 months old and my mother brought my brother Arturo in her belly in 1962. Leaving everything they had behind, they had a dream and he was determined that the dreams and aspirations of his children and his family would be realized. He and our mother did exactly that through much sacrifice and hard work.
There are no words to express how much he was loved by his family and friends. He was a gracious, honorable and generous man that gave to all, friends and family alike. He will continue to live in our hearts and minds forever!
He is survived by both his sisters, Maria del Carmen and Anita, his niece Ana Gloria, his wife of 10 years Nidia Mateo who took such good care of him and loved him until his last breath, his stepdaughter Hortensia Mateo, Bertha his oldest daughter and her husband Antonio Ferrer Sr., his daughter Teresita (Terry) and his youngest son Arturo (Artie). He leaves behind 5 beautiful grandchildren, Antonio Ferrer Jr., Cristina Kennedy, Nicolas Ferrer, Arturo P. Diaz (AJ) and Stephanie Diaz. He also leaves behind 3 great grandchildren, Adelaide and Xavier Kennedy and Savanah Llewellyn.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Thursday December 3, 2019 from 4 to 8 pm and a service at 7 pm at the funeral home. He shall be buried alongside our mother Aurora in Glenwood Cemetery privately.
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