Elio Grillo (1938 - 2018)

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    - Vivian
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GRILLO, ELIO In the early morning hours of September 12, 2018, a beloved husband, loving father, and dear friend drank deeply of that bitter cup we must all one day partake. Elio Grillo died in the same way he lived his life: uncompromising and resolute. Though he no doubt spat in the face of death, he ultimately embarked on that final voyage confident in the knowledge he had lived his life to the fullest and left his mark on this world. To mourn his passing is appropriate, but he would prefer that we celebrate his life. Elio was born on September 16, 1938 in Cuba. Orphaned at the age of eight, he was forced into adulthood before anyone ever should. He shouldered this responsibility with the tenacity and grit that would define his life and found a way to provide for himself and his younger brother. An ardent believer in liberty and democracy, he opposed Fidel Castro's dictatorship and when that struggle became untenable, he sought exile in the the United States. Under the banner of his newfound Country, he valiantly took up arms against Castro and actively resisted the descent of Cuba into the Communist hell that it is today. While that struggle was ultimately unsuccessful, he refused to yield. In the United States, he transitioned his resistance from physical to philosophical and provided support for groups that continued the battle in the form of news, print, media, and human rights. Taking advantage of the opportunity and freedom the United States offered, Elio founded Angler Boat Corp., on May 3, 1973. Under his guidance, Angler grew into one of the most well-known private boat manufacturers in the southeastern United States, and developed a reputation for building solid, durable, no-frills fishing boats. Fulfilling the American Dream, Elio was a titan of the Florida marine industry and was able to provide the opportunities he never had to his family and children in the form of loving homes, formal education, and unconditional love and support. To say that Elio was tenacious does not adequately define the man. For his tenacity was merely the vessel through which he accomplished his goals. In the end he will be best remembered as an ardent patriot, the best of friends, a loving and adoring father and grandfather, and a man who always put his family first. We could use more such men, and while it seems a little darker in his absence, we take comfort in remembering how much brighter we all are for having known him. He will be dearly missed. Elio is survived by his brother Roberto, sister Hilda, wife Elena, five children Ophie, Elito, Richard, Christopher and Stephanie, and his three grandchildren Richie, Maddie, and Robert. Viewing services: September 14th at Caballero Rivero, Westchester 8200 Bird Rd, Miami FL 33155, from 6:30 PM to 12:00 AM. Burial services: September 15th at Miami Memorial Park Cemetery, 6200 SW 77th Ave, Miami, FL 33143 at 10:30 AM.
Published in the Miami Herald on Sept. 14, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Caballero Rivero Westchester
8200 BIRD RD | Miami, FL 33155 | (305) 227-3344
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