Richard N. Pazos

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PAZOS, Richard N., 48, of Tampa, passed away March 1, 2008. Richard came to the United States from Cuba in June of 1960, with his parents Carlos "Toto" and Martha, and his brother, Carlos. He attended St. Joseph' s Catholic School (' 75), Tampa Catholic High School and transfered to Jefferson High School (' 79), his sophomore year. He worked at Gacio' s Service Station as an auto mechanic, was with Johnson Drug Co., nationally known as McKesson Drugs, for 15 years, where he was distribution supervisor. He became a private investigator with Brainerd & Associaties and later opened his own agency, RNP Investigations Inc. Richard was pure heart and soul. His presence in a room was immediately felt. His smile and love of life warmed you over and a friend you immediately became. Richard would tell you what he thought, whether you were a friend or a stranger, and he did not measure or taper words. You could count on him for whatever the task, large or small. The Tampa Rough Riders organization was his child and its members his family. He was slated to become its president in October 2008. He loved fishing, dancing and being in or on the water. He became an honorary member of the Zeta Zeta chapter of Sigma Pi fraternity at the University of Florida, but his love was the University of Miami "Canes." No one had a zest for life like Richard. You couldn' t stay mad at him; his smile would warm you over and you just had to love him. Cuban by birth, American by choice. The community of Tampa, West Tampa, the Rough Riders and his family have lost a vital organ. Preceded in death by his parents, Carlos "Toto" and Martha Pazos, Richard is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Carlos A. and Carol J. Pazos; fiancee, Jane E. Young, and her daughter, Hilary Young; nephews, Nicolas G. and Carlos G. Pazos; aunt, Hersilia Maestu; uncles, Antonio Carrodeguas and Ramon Arrazcaeta; cousins, Rafael Pazos, Mary Alfonso, Gloria Diliberto, Raquel Timberlake, and Ramon, Fernando and Nelson Arrazcaeta; several second and third cousins; and many loving friends. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. Father Felix Sanchez, pastor, and Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins, P.A., officiaitng. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Pallbearers include Carlos A., Nicolas G. and Carlos G. Pazos, Roger and Randy Castro, Randy Rumore, Rick Del Rio, Hernry "Kiki" Castillo, Raul Castillo, Nelson Arrazcaeta, Tom Timberlake and Eddie Diliberto Jr. Honorary pallbearers include Tony Pullara, Rafael Pazos, Joe Maestu Jr., Phil Saladino, John Liras, Tony Fernandez, George Comesanas, Pat Calderoni, Joe Davis, Esquire, Gordon Brainerd, Rico Urso, Morris Fonte, Vincent Capitano, Jerry King and the Tampa Rough Riders membership. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Richard N. Pazos. The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the chapel of

Published in TBO.com from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2008
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