Joaquin Cardona (1916-2012) was resident of Brentwood Nursing Community in
Lecanto. Born in Santiago de Cuba, July 1916, he became a citizen of USA in 1969 and was proud to be an American. Joaquin travelled the world as a merchant marine, passing a test to work in the engine room, studying from a book and not knowing the English language. He also worked for United Airlines; he was an entrepreneur, founding three businesses in his lifetime. Later in life he drove a taxi in Dade County and at age 85 worked as a supply manager of an insurance company. Joaquin, a generous man, loved the ladies and loved to dance. He found Jesus and soon thereafter became a Deacon at Northside Spanish Baptist Church, Dade County, where he also ministered as church bus driver, church treasurer and member of the church choir for many years.
Joaquin died peacefully due to complications of pneumonia Dec. 29, 2012 at 7:35 p.m., with his daughter and granddaughter Alma, at his bedside. Joaquin is survived by his daughter, Alma, of Homosassa; son, Jimmy, of Kissimmee, granddaughters, Alma, Adria, Teresa, of Citrus County, Tanya of Homestead; grandson, Reynold, Los Angeles, Calif.; eight great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter; also a
niece and a number of nephews in South Florida. He was preceded in death by his mother, wife and two younger sisters. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 05, 2012 at the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Crystal River.
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