Miami-Dade County

Armando Sosa, husband of a Miami-Dade commissioner, dies at 79

Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and her husband, Armando Sosa, in an undated photo.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and her husband, Armando Sosa, in an undated photo. Sosa family

Armando Sosa, husband of Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, died Wednesday after an extended illness at the age of 79.

Born in Cardenas, Cuba, on April 11, 1938, Sosa moved to the United States in 1956. He eventually settled in Puerto Rico, where he joined the building industry and met his future wife, Rebeca.

The two married in 1976 and settled in West Miami. There, Rebeca Sosa launched a political career that carried her to the mayor’s office of that small city and to the role of mentor for a promising young city councilman named Marco Rubio. She was elected to the County Commission in 2001.

“Armando’s death leaves us in the painful absence of an exemplary husband; the patriarch who faithfully supported our family during my battle with cancer,” Sosa said in a statement released by her commission office. It did not list a cause of death for her husband.

Roly Marante, Sosa’s former chief of staff and campaign manager, said Armando was a top adviser to his wife. A longtime Marlins fan, Armando did not let health problems get in the way of a good time, Marante said.

“He loved politics. And he loved baseball,” he said. “And good cigars. Those were his passions.”

Along with his wife, Sosa is survived by their children, Armando Jr. and Veronica ; a daughter from a previous marriage, Vivian; a grandson, Alexander; a son-in-law, Maikel; and a daughter-in-law, Janice.

A viewing will be held on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, 8200 Bird Rd., Miami, followed by a mass on Friday at 11 a.m., at the Church of the Little Flower, 2711 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables.