MAY 10, 1919 – August 20, 2019
Fernando, known as “Fred or Freddie”, was born on May 10, 1919 in Florida, Cuba to Lorenzo and Angela Bayola.
Fred had five siblings, Emilina and Maria, who died young from the flu pandemic of 1918-1919, Isabel, Dagoberto, and Deleides. Fred was the last of his generation.
His family sent him to live with his sister, Isabel, in NY in 1934 when he was 14 years old so that he could have a better life in America. He worked in their grocery stores in Manhattan and in the Bronx where he met and later married Marie Najera on 23 Mar 1941, spending 70 years loving and caring for her in her last years and months.
He was drafted into the Army for WWII (1942-45). He was assigned with the 56th General Hospital Unit in France, Belgium and Germany. He became a citizen of the US while serving in the Army. On Dec. 17, 1944 Fred was wounded in the head by flying debris from a V-1 rocket that exploded across the street from him. He was awarded the Purple Heart as a result of this wound.
After the war, Fred worked for Eastern Airlines in Miami from 1945-1979.
He and Marie had three children, Fred, Diana and Mickie. From them he was blessed with 12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 20 great-great grandchildren. It was the delight of his day when one or more came to see him and family gatherings always gave him much pleasure!
With retirement, he and his wife, Marie, moved to Winnemucca, NV to be near their children/grandchildren. He was active in the Senior Center and was for a time an interpreter for the Winnemucca court. He also did handyman work around St. Paul Catholic Church when asked.
When the love of his life, Marie died in June 2011, he went to live with his son, Fred and wife, Faye.
He was a loving, kind, gentle soul who enjoyed being with people, especially family. The first thing he normally asked a person he had just met was “Where are you from?” He was proud of his Cuban heritage and enjoyed telling stories about his young years. Another statement he was fond of saying, usually after helping someone and receiving a “thank you” was, “It’s a pleasure” and he really meant it… it pleased him to make someone else’s life a bit easier.
Fred always thought he would at least outlive his uncle in Cuba who lived to 105! Well, he made it to 100 years 3 months and 10 days! Our deepest gratitude to Baldomero Lopez State Nursing Home and to the VA Hospice Care unit for making his last days as comfortable as possible.
So many memories over so many years. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
"Entrusted To Our Care"
MacDonald Funeral Home
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