My condolences to the family. It was a privilege to have spent any time with Dr. Alonso. I remember when he and Bebe would visit the school. After her passing, I was even more impressed by his strength. The world may have lost a great man, but it is a much brighter place as a result of his influence.
Braulio was a humble and inspiring man, educator and humanitarian. He made his mark in life and will be remembered always. Vaya con dios, mi amigo.
I worked at the National Education Association (NEA) during the time that Braulio Alonso was on staff. I, too, have fond memories of Braulio Alonso! He was indeed an exceptional person with vision and hope for the future. May his memories live on in those who loved him. Mayor Malinda Miles, Mount Rainier, Maryland
We express deep sadness for ourselves and our community hearing of Mr. Alonso's passing. We are some of the most fortunate people; he was our high school principal at Jefferson HS. We have always remembered Mr. Alonso as our example of dignity and fairness, always challenging us to excel. Many times over the years his name has come up in conversation for all he has done for us. Our sincere sympathy goes to his family and friends.
Love, Louis Orihuela and Nancy Hernandez Orihuela
Braulio and I were long-time friends. He and Bebe were a delight to know. At Christmas he told me of his illness and that he didn't intend to do anything about it. I miss him and think he was one of the finest men I;ve ever known, and one of the most intelligent. What a loss to our country!
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dear Barbara: We were out of town and unable to attend the services for Braulio. Your father was a unique individual and will be missed by everyone who knew him Our deepest smypathy.
Luisa and Frank Cisneros
To Alonso Family, our deep sympathy on the loss of Braulio. I worked with him at Christ the King Church with St. Vincent de Paul & he taught me many things about helping the poor. God Bless.
I was saddened to hear of your father's passing. He was such an incredible man. I always enjoyed seeing both he and BeBe. We had some great conversations. May he always be thought as a blessing in our lives.
To the Alonso Family -
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your father/grandfather. His time on this earth well served humanity in many ways. It was privilege to have known him and BeBe even slightly. Please know that his influence for good in this world will not die with him, but with God's blessing, continue to multiply.
Sheila A. Rodriguez (former guidance counselor H. B. Plant High School)
Dear Kenneth and Barbara,
My first acquaintance with you father dates to the early 50's when I served on his faculty at West Tampa J.H.S. As I reflect on those years I am awed by his selfless dedication to his profession. Heaven will be an even greater place with his arrival.
Peter Mendoza, St Petersburg, FL
My condolences to Grandma, Aunt Zorida, Barbra, and Ken. I will miss Uncle B and will keep him in my prayers.
Our sincere condolences Terry, Aunt Zorida, Barbara and Ken. Uncle B was a wonderful man – Christmas Eve won’t be the same without him. I have been blessed to call such an incredible American success story part of my family for 25 years.
Ken, Megan and I grieve.
Barbara and Family, we miss Braulio already on our morning walks. His entrance into heaven will be greeted by the King of Peace with grandeur.
Braulio has faithfully completed his mission on earth as a selfless servant. You should all be very proud of him.
The National Education Association benefited greatly from Braulio Alonso's focus on international relations as he built and strengthened ties amongst education unions in Latin America and across the globe. We remember him well for all the ways that he advanced the NEA.
"Want to pay my respects to Braulio Alonso, who, though I only knew him for a too brief time, impressed me with his intelligence, integrity, devotion to and pride in his heritage and last but not least his humility!
This Caballero will be sorely missed!"
Braulio Alonso was a very fine international statesman for the teaching profession. He was my colleague and friend for many years.
Robert M. Barker
Director International Programmes (retired)
Canadian Teachers' Federation
Kenneth, Barbara & Family
I am sadden to hear of the death of Braulio.He was such a "Gentle Giant" in all our families who always tried to see the good in someone. I will always remember the times BeBe & Braulio visited the beach, they always stopped to see my dad & mom ( Ben & Morie) Love to all, Tanya M. Llano, Columbus, GA
Sonja Diaz (former student at West Tampa Jr. High School and Jefferson High School): Mr. Alonso has been mentioned many times over to my family and friends as a dedicated educator that touched my youth in a most positive and caring way. He is definitely the epitome of a "scholar and a gentleman!"
He is greatly missed. He will always be in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. love, cynthia and family
Dear Barbara and Family,
It was truly an honor to have known your father. He most certaintly used the talents that God gave him to the fullest! What a grand role model he was! Peace to you and your family.
Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. We were so sorry to hear of his passing. God Bless. Terri, Dov, Michael and Sarah
Braulio was my principal at King High School. He was truly a class act that embodied the very best of the Tampa Bay area. We are all better off for having him as a part of our lives - he should have no trouble resting in peace.
Braulio was a blessing to all and our lives are better for having him ours. He was an unwavering moral compass who "walked the walk." May he rest in peace.
Having had two sons that graduated from Alonso I know the impact Mr Alonso had on the school and students. He will be missed.
Dear Barbara & Family,
I was sadden to hear of your loss. My prayers and sympathy are with you and your family.
Rose Marie Varas
To the Alonso Family,
I was sadden by the news of Mr. Alonso's passing. He was my principal at West Tampa Junior High School. I will always remember him and looked up to him as a very well respected man. He will be truly missed.
T0 The Alonso Family,
We truly loved Braulio and we can testify he truly loved all of you. He took great pride in telling of your achievements while never boasting of his own--except maybe the High School which bore his name. He loved Tampa as we learned
from the inevitable excursion we took whenever we stopped
for a visit. You were blessed with great parents in Braulio and Bebe. May you continue to be blessed by God and may they rest in peace.
John and Ginny Sullivan
I am privileged to have known Braulio personally through bible study at Christ the King. I can say that I will likely never personally know a greater human being in my lifetime. He was a real treasure, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I echo the Whitings' comment - our loss is Heaven's gain!
To the family of Mr. Alonso:
I saw Braulio Alonso's obituary in the paper last night and I was flooded with a lot of memories of my time with Mr. Alonso. Mr. Alonso was the principal of King High School from which I graduated in 1965. I worked 1 class period in the principal's office where the old trunk phone system was and that was what I did was to answer the phones for 1 hour daily. I remember exactly what happened the day when school was in session and Mr. Alonso received word that President Kennedy had been assinated and he went to his knees and wept. After he regained some composure, school was immediately dismissed and school was out during the entire time of Kennedy's funeral etc. After I graduated, I from time to time would think about Braulio Alonso and wondered what had happened to him. That is my memory from my high school days. I have always remained in Tampa. From what I read he was a great person of many accomplishments. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mary (Lennard) Dunger
Hard to imagine a better man. The World's loss is heaven's gain.
May the Peace of Christ comfort all who know and love him,
Gail and Paul Whiting
To the entire Alonso family, please accept our deepest sympathies. You don't know us but we have two children who proudly attend Braulio Alonso High School. One graduated last Thursday. We loved the write up in Monday's paper about Mr. Alonso's life and have clipped it out as a keepsake for our children. We want them to know who he was and be inspired by his passion. Mr. Alonso has touched the lives of people like us he will never even know. What an amazing man! We feel as though our children have been given a gift and wanted you to know.
He was a great leader, principal and model citizen. My sincerest sympathies to the family.
Manuel Mones, Houston, TX
Jefferson High School Class of 1964
When Braulio spoke, I listened...and always learned something. He truly was a great man that will be missed by all.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Dear Barbara, Kenneth and family: Braulio was a special and humble man that brought hope, passion, education and light to many lives through the years. We will miss him but never forget. The Man of the Century!--the greatest gift he gave all of us: his friendship.
Barbara & family,
We would like to express the sadness we felt when we heard of your loss. Your dad was our principal only for one year but it might as well have been all three years. We enjoyed his company and yours at our 45th class reunion. He will be missed at our 50th.
Our prayers are with you,
Jefferson High School Class of 1963
Fortune shown to have Braulio Alonso as my principal at King High School. I'm honored to have walked in the halls of this great educator.
Class of 1967
Dear Barbara: My condolences to you and your family, and know you were very close and a tighknit family, but you have fond memories and lots of love. Your longtime friend Roxane Beltran
Our deepest memories for a wonderful man.
Sam DiCorte Class of 1959
Dear Barbara, Kenneth and family,
We are so sorry for the loss of Braulio, he will greatly be missed.
Our prayers are with you,
Alan, Jane and Jason Llano
I will always be proud and honored that Braulio Alonso was my Principal at King High School. What memories! An outstanding man. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Class of 1966
Dear Barbara, Kenneth and family,
My condolences to you and yours on the loss of your father. I remember him driving us to school when we went to Washington jr. high. I lived just a couple of houses from you (3518 11th St) He was certainly an accomplished man, but his greatest achievement is the the testimony of his love for our Lord. Patricia (Patsy) Perez Torre
So many wonderful memories, but for me the memory that most exemplifies BeBe and Braulio would be of visiting them in Alexandria when Grady was only 6 months old and how much knowledge they imparted to us in that short visit. They held our attention because they made it fun and so very interesting! ....they were always teaching, they just could not help but do so!
To Family of Braulio Alonso, My heartfelt prayers are with you all. He was truly a great man and friend.
Sandra Herce, former Bookkeeper @ Alonso High School
Dear Barbara, Kenneth and Families,
Even though we haven't seen each other in many years, I wanted to extend my condolences to you for your father. I remember when we were in elementary school that my mother always spoke warmly of your dad making me think that they had known each other through the various school organizations. My prayers will be with you and yours during this time.
Patricia Youngblood Turnbull
I'm honor to be a student at Alonso High school. My prayers goes to the family of this great man, Mr Braulio Alonso, you'll be truly miss. Thanks for being a great example not only to me, but all of us.
Barbara, my heartfelt prayers and sympathy are with you at this time of sorrow -Josephine
Dear Barbara and Family:
Even though I never knew your father in a professional environment it is obvious that he was a great leader, a patriot, and an extraordinary man.
My knowledge of Braulio was that of a tremendous Catholic man who loved his faith and was never shy about teaching it and spreading it to others.
He was alway kind and cheerful with me and I consider Braulio the finest lector I have ever listened to... a true proclaimer of the word!
Go with God, Braulio, and thank you for all that you have done with your life... you will be missed!
Dear Barbara and family;
We feel truly priveleged to have known and attended church with this great man. With all of his accomplishments, charities and kindnesses, he remained a humble and softspoken guy. Rest in peace with our Lord and Saviour, Braulio. - Sam & Barbara Kroll
Braulio was a man among men, but more than this, he was a man of God. He participated valiantly and now has won the race. May God hold him closely and the Blessed Mother cover him with her radiance.
Braulio and Family,
Wow! What a talented and caring man who enjoyed helping people and knew his responsibility of carring out the work of the Lord, as stated in Matthew 25:35-40.
While growing up in Tampa, I attended and walked the same halls of some of the schools that Braulio had also walked. I latter moved away, but when visiting, I would always hear Braulio's name mentioned from family and friends of the family when visiting my roots in Tampa. Braulio will always be respected and loved from the circles of the lives he touched: like The Bilt-Rite Awning Co,the Guy Vasquez's, the D' Arpa's, the Conte's and the Guy St. Paul's friends and families, as well as, the group of old friends of Braulio's, who met weekly at the West Tampa Sandwich Shop.
God Bless You All,
OUR DEEPEST SORROW AND THANKS FOR BEEN SUCH OF LEGACY MY GRANDKIDS ARE GRADUATED FROM THE 2TH YEAR AND ON THEIR AND MY BEHALF OUR PRAYERS WILL BE FOR YOUR SOUL AND FOR THE FAMILY COMFORT AND WE WILL MISS YOU GOD BLESS FOR SUCH EXAMPLE AND DEDICATION
Dear Barbara, Kenneth and family
My condolences on the passing of your father. He was a great dad, person and all around human being. I remember going to your house as a child with the Pelaez family many times. Susan and I were childhood friends. Your father has left a legacy that will never be duplicated. Always out going and there for anyone who needed his services. He was the keynote speaker at my daughters graduation from USF, the day of his 90th birthday. You and I spoke briefly at the reception afterwards at the College of Education..He is now at peace with his beloved BeBe. God Bless.
Dr Braulio Alonso was an incredible man who everybody looked up to! I am very honored to have met him. I looked forward to the beginning of each school year when Dr Alonso would give his rousing speech to the faculty. He will be missed! RIP Dr. Alonso.
Barbara your Father, Braulio Alonso was an outstanding American. He will be missed by many friends and relatives. Through our faith in Jesus Christ we know that this separation is only for a short time because we know that we will be reunited with him soon. God Bless You and the entire family.
We at Jefferson High School were truly blessed to have had him in our lives as a role model. He was an extraordinarily special person. My deepest sympathy to his family.
I am glad our graduation was dedicated to such an honorable man. You will be missed Dr. Alonso. You are with "Bebe" and the angels. Your life is the example of to "fly high and soar proud".
I heard the sad news this morning at Mass at Christ The King. Please take comfort in the knowledge that he rests with the angles in paradise for all eternity.
Braulio Alonso was an exceptional man. His gracious and giving nature will be remembered always. I can just imagine him right now embracing his beloved "Bebe" and that thought gives me peace. He will be missed. I feel so fortunate to have met him and I'm so very proud to teach at the school that bears his name. In the words that he used to finish all of his speeches at Alonso High School "Go Ravens!" Rest in peace.
He was definitely an honorable man and his memories will live on through the children he helped. He may be gone from the world but never far from our hearts. He truly will be missed!
RIP Braulio Alonso, I have been honored to be a student at the school you have founded.
We are going to miss him terribly. I enjoyed going to Alonso high school the time i did. R.I.P Mr. Braulio Alonso <3