Raul Andres Martinez Tome

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I grew up in Camaguey, Cuba, and spent most of our summers in Tarara, an ocean front community outside of Havana. I toured most schools as a child in Camaguey... Kinder at the Salesianas, where I fell in love with my teacher "a Nun," then to El Colegio Zayas, later to Los Escolapios, the Maristas, followed by El Porvenir, back to Los Escolapios. I was a member of the Cuban National Swim Team, loved my days at the Camaguey Country Club, and the Tennis Club where I played "squash." Got caught doing propaganda for the DRE and was then exiled in Varadero for over two years, escaped the failure of Bay of Pigs, and was taken out on March 26,1962 to end at Matecumbe. I was relocated with my sisters in New Jersey, and later ended up in other "camps" in anticipation for my return to Cuba...I never went back.

My experiences have always stayed with me through a very blessed, rewarding and successful life and career in New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Chicago, Michigan, and later in the Washington Metro area. I was able to obtain a great education completing a Bachellor and Master Degrees. I retired in 2001 at age 54 in Virginia with my wife of 41 years, two daughters, and two grand children...and we are all within close proximity of each other. My father "Lliyo" died at age 95 in Miami Beach and my mother Dora four years later at age 96, never to enjoy their return to Cuba. Unlike my sister Silvia, who has been back to check la Cuba de hoy, in my case, all I have are old pictures and memories "...algun dia volvere."

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Status update | Feb 20th 2013

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Status update | Feb 20th 2013

Hola Raul,Los recuerdo desde con amor desde que todos viviamos en Cuba hasta ahora,estoy disfrutando de vacaciones maravillosas en Miami, me he comunicado con Silvia, mi telefono para ti y para Tete Garces.Muy contenta de saber tambien de ella.786-474-7419. Un abrazo.

Message by Maria Eugenia Rizo | Feb 20th 2013

Aqui esperando que Maria Eugenia Rizo vea esta pagina y me mande una email-soy Tete Garces de Marcilla y me acuerdo muchisimo de ti y cuando jugabamos de ninas con my hermana Tita y con Silvia .

Message by Tete Garces | Jan 26th 2013

Raul-- I did not know that Dora had died--Tita and I often think about all of you but we have lost touch. Please call me I still have the same phone number. Tete

Message by Tete Garces de McCarthy | Jan 26th 2013

Raul Andres says: Hey, I found my parents old telephone listing in Camaguey under Feliciano Martinez Torre, Calle Republica # 78 y telephone 4764.

Status update | Feb 28th 2012

Hola Raul: Soy la amiga de la infancia de tu hermana Silvia, ella trato de buscarme en Camaguey, pero vivo en Moron, Ciego de Avila, estoy tan contenta de hallarlos, como estan todos? Quiero comunicarme con Silvia, tenemos tantas cosas lindas que recordar y muchas mas que contarnos en tanto tiempo ya vivido. Un abrazo para todos.Maria Eugenia

Message by Maria EugeniaRizo | Jan 11th 2012

Hola Raul, Hace unos días ví por primera vez la noticia de la amiga de Marita, Alejandra. Lo siento mucho pues es muy difícil entenderlo despues de tantos años. Así yo me sentí cuando me enteré por Dorita de la muerte de Silvia Begirinstein años despues. Ella me sacaba de vez en cuando del campamento, recuerdas? Y me hubiera gustado saber de su muerte al momento y no años despues. Te voy a escribir a tu email tambien. Besos, Silvia

Message by Silvia M Martinez Tome | Jul 19th 2011

Hola, Raul: Yo también estuve en los Maristas, en las Escuelas Pías y en Matecumbe (8/61-3/62). Tengo un website desde el 1999 para todos los Pedropans llamado www.CampMatecumbeVeterans.com para que lo explores. !Felicidades en tu retiro!

Message by Manuel A. Gutierrez | Mar 24th 2011

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