Condolences poured in from friends and colleagues.
“Our prayers are with Ileana Ros and her family with the passing of her dad, Enrique. He was a fine man!" former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a Twitter statement.
Former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Fl., said Ros’ left behind “a legacy of supreme integrity and profound love of family, justice, freedom, truth, history, and for Cuba.
Miami political activist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro, a friend of Ros-Lehtinen, said her father “was his daughter’s biggest booster. Supported & encouraged her at every step. A good & decent man.”
Said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, in a statement: “For decades, Enrique Ros was one of the great intellectual forces of the Cuban exile community. He was a passionate defender of human rights, an advocate for the Cuban people’s freedom, and a true believer in the exceptional nation that welcomed him and his family and gave them a second chance at a better life.
“I was fortunate to get to know Enrique over the years and will forever be inspired by his civic involvement and love for America and the nation he left behind. He will be missed, but his legacy will live on through his family and through the countless people he inspired to serve this country and the cause of liberty in Cuba.”
Ros is survived by his two children and grandchildren Patricia and Rodrigo Lehtinen, Katherine Palacio and Jennifer Ros, as we as Douglas Lehtinen and Katharine Lehtinen and five great grandchildren.
Services will be Friday, April 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00p.m. at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn on 8200 Bird Road. Memorial mass will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Saint Agatha Catholic Church.
The family requested that in lieu of flowers donations in the name of Enrique Ros be made to the southeast Florida chapter of the Alzheimer Association, P.O. Box 22594, West Palm Beach, 33416.