Israel Alfaro peacefully passed into the loving arms of the Lord Wednesday May 9th, 2012 at his home in Sweetwater, Florida at the age of 76. Israel was a member of Coral Park Baptist Church. Israel was born on January 28th, 1936 in a Cuban Bohio thatched palm roof home to a humble family in Cabañas, in the province of Pinar Del Rio. After laboring for three years in forced labor camps set up by the Castro regime, Israel was able to win his family's freedom and brought his wife and three young daughters to start a new life in United States as part of the exodus of freedom seeking exiles in 1968. Like many of his exile brethren, he left his native land and never saw his own father alive again. Israel was a lifelong home builder and general contractor. He learned his trade at the Rancho Boyero technical school in Havana, Cuba, an accomplishment that he was always proud of. While still in Cuba, he built the church he and his family attended in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba. Israel settled his family in Sweetwater in 1975 where he went on to serve on the zoning board. He left his mark on the South Florida landscape thru his many projects including the storied 1980's nightclub Mahantan's in South Miami. Israel was a hands-on master builder who would often join his crews in the actual building process rather than stand around watching others do all the work. He worked six days a week, coming home with plaster and paint in his hair and hands cracked from concrete and cement. Still, he always found time to help his children with their school projects or take his son to Sea Cadets early Saturday mornings before heading on to work. Sundays was for church and family meals. He devoted his life to his family and taught his children the importance of respect for one's elders, hard work, the love of God, and tight family bonds. Israel is survived by his wife Maria Teresa, his three daughters, Maite, Xiomara and Miriam, his son Nelson, his son-in-laws Roman and Marcio and six loving grandchildren. A viewing will be held at the Memorial Plan Funeral Home at 9800 Coral Way, Miami, Florida 33165 Friday evening. Burial services are planned for the following morning at Dade South Memorial Park at 14200 SW 117 Ave, Miami 33186. The time of the burial service will be announced at the viewing.
Published in Miami Herald on May 11, 2012