Jay Cuetara

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Joaquin Jose Cuetara (Jay)

February 13, 1962 -


December 28, 2013


Jay Cuetara, loving son, brother, uncle, friend, gentleman, and respected community advocate passed away peacefully on December 28, 2013. Born on February 13, 1962, only 6 days after his parents emigrated from Cuba, Jay was the only beloved son of Joaquin C. Cuetara and Nieves M. Cuetara who welcome him back into their loving arms in Heaven.


Jay was a graduate of Walnut High School and earned his BA in Economics at UCLA. He began his IBM career as an intern over 30 years ago in Los Angeles and moved to Dallas and San Diego before making his 20-year home in San Francisco.  Community-minded, he served on the board of directors for Larkin Street Youth Services and volunteered for Project Open Hand.  While in treatment for cancer, Jay took on prescription drug shortage reform and was asked by President Obama in October, 2011 to join him at the White House for the signing of an executive order to address the issue.


Jay accomplished much in his short 51 years. His family, friends, and colleagues relied on him for his sound advice, calm reasoning, intellect and wit. He enjoyed life, traveling with friends on trips across the globe, dining at most of the Bay Area's Top 100 restaurants, staying well-read with his book club buddies, seeing all the latest movies and being on hand to share life's precious moments-both big and small. Jay was beloved for his warm, caring, loving,  generous spirit.  He was the one you called when you wanted to share joy and sorrow.  He was all our best friend. He lived well, laughed often and loved unconditionally. His light has brightened  the sky as he continues to guide us from above.


Jay is survived by his adoring sisters, Yara Cuetara of Long Beach, Ana Bowen of Yorba Linda, and Rosa Lardenoit of Yorba Linda, along with his caring brother-in-law, Kris Lardenoit & beautiful, bright nieces Aly and Jessica Lardenoit, all of Yorba Linda. In addition to his parents, Jay was predeceased by his loving nephew, Matthew Bowen and brother-in-law Mark Bowen.  


Thank you Jay for bringing such love and light to our family and the world. You are forever in our hearts. May we all strive to live out the example you set with such grace, in every sense of the word.


We love you grande como el cielo. Sueñe con los angelitos.  You are God's precious child.


A memorial mass will be held at St Denis Catholic Church,  2151 Diamond Bar Blvd, Diamond Bar, CA on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:00am.  


In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Jay Cuetara Memorial Fund at Larkin Street Youth Services, 701 Sutter Street; San Francisco, CA 94109 (http://www.larkinstreetyouth.org/how-you-can-help/donate/#Give)


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 1, 2014
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