Carlos Enrique Garcia Vázquez, 62, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019 in his farmhouse in Hernando, FL. He was born on January 13, 1957 to Pablo Garcia and Herminia Vazquez in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He was the middle child of five. He graduated from Margarita Janer High School in 1975 where he met his high school sweetheart, Carmen Tirado in 1973. After 5 years, they got married in 1978 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. They had four kids; Jose Enrique, Carmen Irmaris, Carlos Javier, and Pablo Andres. He attended two years of college at the Interamerican University in San Juan.
He worked in different trades in the early years. In 1983, he began a long career as a cargo agent in the airport under the wings (whip) of his dad working for Arrow Air. In Puerto Rico, he progressed to become the Assistant Station Manager. In 1991, he then transferred to the Miami Station because Carmen wanted to relocate to the US to advance her career of Occupational Therapy. Leaving their roots, extended family and friends, they set their new life in Pembroke Pines, Florida. From 1993-1996 during the airline crisis, he worked with his sweetheart at Palmetto Health Center as a Rehab Tech. He then returned to Arrow until 2006, when the company closed. In 2015, he took another leap of Faith and relocated to Citrus County again following Carmen’s wishes of a peaceful semi-retirement life, away from the children and a return to her roots of farm life. A city guy became a farmer and he loved it. By the way, the children followed him in less than 2 years, saying that grandkids can’t be without grandparents.
Carlos loved God above everything else, his wife, and his family. Longtime member of St. Stephens Catholic Church in Hollywood, Fl., St. Boniface Catholic Church in Pembroke Pines, Fl and most recently Our Lady of Fatima in Inverness, Fl. He loved to spend time with his family and friends. He also loved nature. He enjoyed camping, fishing, canoeing, traveling, hunting, and shooting as well visiting local festivals, mainly the Greek Festival (for the Greek beer), antique and gun shows. His passions included video games, soccer - his team was the Barcelona, Enjoyed his trips to Daytona and Homestead for Nascar races - Kyle Busch #18 – M&M car was his favorite and got him to accumulate the biggest M&M collection that anyone can imagine. The rest of his time, he spent reading and babysitting his grandkids. Range shooting and firearms were his favorite sport. With his Curios and Collector’s License, he accumulated a great collection of old firearms, his #1 was The Mosin-Nagant (M91/30) 1943. He was a member of the Hernando Shooting Range for the past 3 years. He went on multiple hunting trips with his partner in crime, Carmen. He also enjoyed teaching the kids about the rules, safety and responsibilities of being a firearm owner. He said that his visits to the shooting range helped him relax.
He traveled a lot, but his favorite destinations were Spain, followed by Cartagena, Colombia and St. Marteen. The mountains of North Carolina were his favorite place in the United States mainly in wintertime. He was a dog person, at 5 years old he brought home Daisy, a pointer, his first one, when he got married, they got Beto, a labrador, followed by Donald, Linda, Lilly, Ruby , Tyka I & II and most recently he took custody of his grand dog Ryko, an English bulldog, his dearest. He enjoyed working on the farm, fixing things and remodeling the house. His favorite job was being a grandfather. He exceeded and surpassed his ability to love because of them. He said that Parents need to discipline, grandparents need to spoil. For his grandkids, he was Buelo, Abuelito, Lolo, Grandpa and most recently Grandpapa. For him, the kids were his Chuchos #1-#9 (Boys) and his Chichis (Girls). Following a tradition in our families to nickname grandkids.
Carlos is survived by his wife of 41 years and his high school sweetheart Carmen, his son Jose, Paula, his daughter Carmen Irmaris and Luis, his son Carlos and Susan, his son Pablo and Natasha, and his two nephews who he raised as his sons, Alfredo and Jessica, and Will Dexter and Korali, his grandchildren Alxsis, Luis (Chucho #1), Carlos (Chucho #2), Ivan Andres(Chucho #3), Carmen Angelica, Rafael (Chucho #4), Lismary (ChaChaCha), Jasmine, Jonathan (Chucho #5), Liam (Chucho #6), Jeremiah (Chucho #7), Pablo Enrique (Chucho #8), Kayden, Jeannie, Sapphire, and Kaylee; his brothers, Cesar Ramon, Jose Juan, and Francisco Javier ; his siblings-in-law: Rafin (Milagros), Angie (Freddy), Nilda (William), Nora; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. He was a man of many friends but only a few close ones including Joe, Carmensita, Maria Luz and Pedro Garcia. Carlos was preceded by his father, mother and eldest brother Pablo Enrique. Through the years he also opened his doors and his heart to his kid’s friends including Jorge, Mike, Khadija, Rosie, Shawn, Froggy, Brenda, Luis and many others that occupied a special place in his heart.
Lately, he mentioned that he was tired and frustrated that he couldn’t do everything that he was used to doing. He said that he would keep fighting but that if God called him home that he was ready. He said “I’ve had an amazing life with my high school sweetheart. I have 4 kids and 16 grandkids that I have enjoyed. I’ve enjoyed my life to the extreme. I am at Peace if the Dear Lord calls me.”
Carlos will be remembered as devoted, responsible, strict and a hardworking father, World best granddad, supportive brother and uncle, travel companion, the life of the party, counselor, and babysitter. He took great pride in always having or finding an answer for his children’s homework or any other question in life. He would never give up until he had it. He taught them all, to be responsible, daily living skills; like how to check their cars, change the oil, change tires, build things, do repairs, paint, etc. even to his daughter. He wanted his kids to know that they could always come to him with anything and that he would have an answer… and if he didn’t, he would know where to find it. He was self-taught in everything; mechanics, plumbing, electricity, gunmanship, construction, and most recently farming. He was also an avid reader and learner.
Carlos will be missed by anyone who knew him, even if it was just briefly or for a long period of time. His character, personality, his endless jokes, his quick and creative answers, made him unforgettable. We have many fond memories of him that will keep him alive forever. Some as simple as Liam telling him two weeks ago for Thanksgivings “Lolo, you look like Santa!”
Memorial Service for Carlos Enrique Garcia Vazquez will be held at:
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church
550 US-41, Inverness, FL 34450
Service will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11:00 am
Please plan to leave with A LOT of time... there are activities that will be held in the city on this date as well as an event at church.
Will be difficult to find parking.
Celebration of Life will be held at:
Loyal Order of Moose
221 S. Haid Terrace, Lecanto, FL 34461
Starting at 1 pm
Arrangements by McGan Cremation Service LLC, Inverness, FL.
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