Guillermo Jose "Willy" Pi

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Pi, Guillermo Jos‚ (Willy), 68, went to be with his Lord on August 22, 2014, at Shands Hospital in Gator Country after a short but coura-geous fight with cancer, surrounded by his loving family: his devoted wife, MariTere, and his beloved children, Ashley Kristen Pi (Darrell Kropog) and Guillermo El¡as Pi. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jos‚ Pi Mu¤oz and Mar¡a Antonia Pi. Survived by his sisters, Graciela Barreiro and Mar¡a (Gerardo) Guzman mother-in-law, Otmara Quintero brother-in-law, Agust¡n (Linda) Quintero step-daughters, Teresita (Jeff) Golomb and Michelle (Paul) McFarland grandchildren, David, Alexandra, Cameron, Sofie, and Jacob and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Born in Havana, Cuba, he fled Castro's communist regime with his widowed mother and two sisters in 1961 and established residence in Tampa. He started his career in the food industry at the early age of 16 to support his family. With his strong and admirable ethic, Willy was no stranger to hard work he ascended in positions at Kash N' Karry, from bagging groceries at the start to eventually holding a role in management, and later continued his career in sales with Best Brands Corporation for over 30 years. He was a man steadfastly committed to his faith and family. A loving and dedicated family man, he was a caring and attentive son to his widowed mother a remarkably responsible brother who, at a tender age, assumed the role of a father to his sisters a devoted and supportive husband to his wife and, most of all but not surprisingly, an amazing father who lovingly and tirelessly guided his children to become moral and upstanding individuals. Whether coaching countless baseball teams, never missing a ballet recital, or beaming with pride at academic events, it was always beautifully clear that Willy's children were his greatest and dearest accomplishment. A man of great faith, he was very involved with Christ the King Catholic Church as an usher and Eucharistic minister. Willy loved life: Fighting Irish, Florida Gators, festive gatherings, sharing jokes with friends and family, his wife's cooking, and good Cuban cigars. A compassionate and deeply Christian man, Willy's wit, humor, and love will be greatly missed by his wife, children, entire family, and all who had the fortune of having him touch their lives. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 28th, from 11AM to 12PM at Blount and Curry Funeral Home (605 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33609) followed by funeral mass at 1PM at Christ the King Catholic Church (821 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL, 33609). Interment after the mass will be at Garden of Memories (4207 E Lake Ave, Tampa, FL 33610). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Willy's name to the St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary (10701 S Military Trail, Boynton Beach, FL 33436).

Published in TBO.com on Aug. 27, 2014
Guillermo Jose Pi
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