Constantino "Tino" Gonzalez

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GONZALEZ, Constantino "Tino" 94 years of age, born August 17, 1917, passed away peacefully at home on June 2, 2012. At his side as always his devoted and loving wife of 72 years, Rose Gonzalez and his family. He is also survived by his children: daughter, Sylvia Martinez (Rene) and son, Tony Gonzalez (Ann). Grandchildren: Rene Martinez (Debbie), Tino Martinez (Marie), Tony Martinez (Kim), Stephanie Gonzalez Vargas, Jennifer Gonzalez Lee (Brendan), Kristen Gonzalez Housel (Brian). Great-grandchildren: Taylor and Marina Martinez, Olivia, T.J., and Victoria Martinez, Skylar, Maximo and Jack Martinez, Sebastian, Alessandra and Cristobal Vargas, Griffin and Isabella Lee, Carolina and Aristotle Housel. Tino spent his business life involved in Cigar Manufacturing and Banking. He was an executive with Garcia y Vega Cigar Company and Villazon Cigar Company. He was also one of the founders and Chairman of Manufacturer's Bank of Florida. At one time he was prominent in many areas of civic activities. He was past president of Centro Asturiano and vice president of its hospital, also a past president of The Tobacco Table. Tino will be especially remembered by all in life and death for those who were privileged to know him, for his private and simple life, his extra generosity to his family and worthy causes. He was a gentle man who gave. He wanted to forward a legacy not for himself but for the satisfaction of making something better. We loved him so much and we will all miss him terribly. The family wants to express a special and heartfelt thank you to Dr. Xavier Prida for his extraordinary medical care and friendship to Tino. We would also like to give a recognition to the wonderful and loving caregivers: Silally Aguasvivas, Johana Rodriguez, Maria Martinez, Maria T. Ruiz, Alicia Gonzalez and Andrea Crespo. As per Tino and the family's request, there will be no public funeral services. A private interment took place on June 5,2012 at Centro Asturiano Memorial Park Cemetery in Tampa. Memorial contributions can be made in Tino's memory to St. Joseph's Hospital Heart Institute. Boza & Roel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 6, 2012
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