Emilio Vazquez Rodriguez

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Current Name
Emilio Vazquez Rodriguez
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Emilio Vazquez Rodriguez
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Saturday, December 30, 1961
Relocated To
Kendall, Miami FL
Stayed With
Kendall Camp

Emilio's Story

My brother (15) and I (14) first got to Kendall camp, in Miami. We spent there more than 8 months. At first conditions were horrible, but we always wrote nice letter to our folks in Cuba, one or two...

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In Memory of Emilio Cesar Vazquez July 24, 1947 - November 25, 2013 Obituary Emilio Cesar Vazquez, 66, passed away in his home in Apex, NC on November 25th, after a brave battle with bladder cancer. He was with family and surrounded by love. Emilio was born in Havana, Cuba, on July 24, 1947, to Pedro and Emma Vazquez. He was 14 years old when he came to the United States through "Operation Peter Pan", a project that brought Cuban children to the United States sent by their parents to escape communist indoctrination. He and his brother lived at the Catholic Guardian Angel Orphanage in Peoria, Illinois with other Cuban teens until they were reunited with their parents a year later. The family settled in San Juan, Puerto Rico. There, Emilio met the love of his life and fellow Cuban exile, Ada Felipe, in 1968 and married her on July 3rd, 1971. Emilio became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1974 and was very proud to be an American. A self-taught musician, Emilio played the piano and accordion. His family loved to listen to him play the accordion and sing along, especially at Christmas time when they would go caroling in the neighborhood. He also enjoyed chess, travel, mathematics, logic puzzles, and trains of all sizes. Emilio was a funny, vibrant, loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother who lived life to the fullest. Mr. Vazquez received a BS in Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and a MBA from Inter-American University in Puerto Rico. During his long career as an engineer, he was employed by Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas, Martin Marietta in Orlando, Florida (presently Lockheed Martin), among other companies, and was most recently employed as a software developer with Fidelity Technologies. Mr. Vazquez greatly enjoyed teaching at the college level, having taught at the University of Central Florida in Orlando for over a decade, as well as at local community colleges, including Seminole and Valencia Community Colleges. He retired to North Carolina in January 2013 after having lived in Central Florida for 32 years. Emilio is survived by his wife of 42 years, Ada Felipe Vazquez, of Apex, NC, as well as his three daughters, their spouses, and eight grandchildren: Elisa and Alex Enriquez, of Los Alamos, NM, and their children, Sofia (9) and Andy (7) ; Emilie and Monty Hood, of Cary, NC, and their children, Emma (14), Quinn (12), Cole (10), Keaton (6); and Julie and Mark Dixon, of Apex, NC, and their children Olivia(7) and Mati (4). He is also survived by his older brother, Pedro Vazquez, of Lake Mary, Florida and father-in-law Rogelio Felipe of Miami, Florida. A Celebration of Emilio's Life is planned for Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 at Apex Funeral Home, officiated by Father Sal Busichio of St. Michael's the Archangel Catholic Church in Cary, NC. There will be a reception following the service. Emilio will be laid to rest at Wake Memorial Park in Cary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital (www.stjude.org/donate).

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Dec 3rd 2013

Emilio says: The magazine (publication Vol. 22) of the University of Illinois Alumni Association published article Pedro Pan children reunion - Illinois

Status update | Nov 24th 2011

Emilio, Bienvenido a estas paginas. Acabo de leer que estas en Orlando. Por favor comunicate conmigo en el correo personal. Yo soy amigo de infancia de Leopoldo "Polito" Infante Munoz, es mas anoche hable con el, y todos los cuentos de Peoria me los se. Yo vivo en Orlando desde 67' asi que tenemos que buscar tiempo para conocernos.

Message by Justo Alejandro Martinez Monzon | Dec 12th 2010

Emilio has uploaded new photos.

Status update | Dec 12th 2010

Welcome, Emilio! I've heard many good things said about the Guardian Angel Home in Peoria. If by any chance you have pictures dating back to that period, would you please post them for our edification. I think I might have read in an Illinois newspaper about a relatively recent reunion of some of the Pedro Pan children who were sent to Peoria. By the way, I, too, spent a little over a month in the Kendall Camp in 1962, after spending a month in Camp Matecumbe and before being transferred to the Florida City Camp, where I stayed for several months. ¡Bienvenido y saludos! José Antonio Amaro Reyes.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Dec 10th 2010

Emilio has updated their profile.

Status update | Dec 10th 2010

Emilio has joined the Pedro Pan Network. Please welcome them!

Status update | Dec 10th 2010

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