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June 27, 2014
We are so very sorry for your loss. We were lucky to have worked for Mr. Mendoza for over 10 years. We wish you peace of heart. With sympathy your friends at Penguin Pools
April 25, 2014
Rest in peace my old friend.
April 25, 2014
When I was a kid in Havana, Cuba, I was very fortunate to meet the following three friends, plus their wonderful parents. Armando was one of the three; the other two: Jorge García Cañizares and Agustín Ríos. (Since counting me we were four, it raises the possibility that we were successors of "The Three Musketeers", or predecessors of "The Rat Pack".)

I met Armando before I decided to do my last three years of High School (Bachillerato) at "Colegio de La Salle del Vedado". (Armando was in the same year I was.) We got along very well with each other and also with the Christian Brothers who taught our classes. We were still in the same class in the last year of Bachillerato (el quinto año) since we both opted for graduating in ciencia (science) rather than in letras (liberal arts), as some other students did. I also remember that we both went to a performance that took place in 1956 when we were graduating. It was at the "El Auditorium de La Habana", located in the Vedado district of Havana. The show featured the superfamous French actor and singer Maurice Chevalier (who has a leading part in the famous film "Gigi"). Chevalier was invited to Havana by Cuban sugar magnate Julio Lobo, who was kind enough to invite the students graduating at La Salle to attend for free one of the performances of Chevalier. If my memory does not fail me, we wore the student uniform to the performance, which consisted of a wooden color khaki pant and bright blue short sleeve shirt.

After high school, we both went to MIT, where we stayed at their so-called East Campus buildings. His room and mine were on the first floor, only a couple of rooms from each other. Very often we ate dinner together in one of the round tables of the MIT cafeteria located in the Walker Memorial Building, where we spoke Spanish most of the time, with other students from Cuba (like Agustín, Harold Weiss. Lucio Pontecorvo, Arturo Gutiérrez), and others from México, El Salvador, Honduras, Venezuela, Colombia, Perú, Argentina, etc. Sometimes we walked a few blocks to have our chow at a nearby diner in the Kendall Square area of Cambridge, MA. It was run and owned by a Greek-ancestry couple. The outside of the diner looked somewhat like a bus, as in the drawing on the left in the second row here: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=pictures+of+diners+in+the+1950&qpvt=pictures+of+diners+in+the+1950&FORM=IGRE

Being Greek food aficionados, some weekends we went across the Charles River to Boston to eat at the best Greek restaurant in Boston; the Athens Olympia, which after 72 years of existence, closed its doors in 1988.

Regarding Armando's Lincoln Town Car that he and Gail bought after they had moved to Miami, I first rode in it in the 1980s, when I was in Miami on my way to South America on account of my job in the international department of a Silicon Valley company; ROLM Corporation. Thinking now of when I was outside waiting for him to pick me up to go have lunch or dinner together, and saw his Lincoln the first time, makes me think of changing the title and lyrics of the very famous song in the URL below, which I will name "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Lincoln" (Armando's Lincoln). I thought it was a great car, with Armando driving it. This reminds me of when we were kids in Havana and rode in his new parents car, whose father, which we nicknamed Rayito Veloz (fast lightening) drove it very well; even while smoking a Cuban cigar, whose aroma I enjoyed. (We used to call Armando's mother, La Doctora Delia.) Since cars in those days did not have turn-signal indicators, drivers had to signal their turns by extending their left arm out of the car. Rayito Veloz signaling with the lit cigar in his left hand made it easier for other drivers to see what his car was going to do, especially at night.

"The First Time Ever": http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=who+composed+the+first+time+ever+i+saw+your+face+&FORM=VIRE4#view=detail&mid=AD47DAFCA2A2BF2F664BAD47DAFCA2A2BF2F664B

Armando, when in Heaven you talk to Rayito Veloz and La Doctora Delia, please tell them how grateful I am of how nice the three of you were, while on Earth, to me.
April 18, 2014
Fond memories of a man of many talents and a wonderful human being. Surely God has extended a welcome to his eternal soul. My prayers for the repose of his soul and for his family.
March 02, 2014
RIP Armando, I work with Armando at Assurant, and at American Banker, he always had the time to listen to any work problem we had, an put us in the right track. My deepest sympathy to his family. Descanse en paz Armando.
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