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Emilio and Juamí Georgina Cardoso's Memorial Fund

Our beloved parents were truly lovely, gentle, kind people who were always sensitive to the needs of others. Mother loved babies and children more than anything. To honor their spirit, in lieu of flowers, we ask those interested in doing so to make a donation to their memorial fund at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Emilio I. Cardoso was born at his parents’ home in Nueva Gerona, Isla de Pinos, Havana, Cuba, on May 28, 1917.

Juami Georgina was born at her parents’ home in Havana, Cuba, on August 30, 1924.

After moving to Havana, Emilio opened a radio shop with his life-long friend, Mitrani. Emilio and Juamí met at a dance at El Centro Asturiano, Havana, where he fell hard for his irresistible Divinity, Juamí. In 1941 Emilio was hired as a radio technician by Pan American World Airlines at José Martí International Airport, Rancho Boyeros, Havana. On November 21, 1942, the lovebirds married in Havana.

Emilio continued to work for PanAm until 1948, when Compaía Cubana de Aviación (Cubana Airlines) first opened for business. Cubana hired him as an electronic technician, eventually becoming Chief of Radio Maintenance. In 1961 they left for Miami, becoming refugees, then residents, and the proudest most patriotic Americans ever. These people had loved and admired all things American and vacationed in Miami Beach repeatedly before their permanent move.

In 1961 he was hired as an Aircraft Instrument Technician by Barfield Instruments, Inc., where he had previously visited and trained as an employee of CAA. As a full-time employee, he met and made many life-long friends here before retiring.

Here, Juamí Georgina worked from home as a seamstress, opened two boutiques with Ivette, and primarily worked as a supervisory master tailor, managing custom alterations departments, specializing in bridal gowns and ensembles, and expertly handling all head-to-toe details for hundreds of brides during her career with several major retailers.

She worked behind the scenes at local runway shows assisting the likes of Giorgio Armani, Bob Mackie, and Carolina Herrera. She met Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld and other major designers at fashion shows here, in Paris, Milan, and London, with Emilio as her constant companion. She retired the same year as Emilio.

The fashion industry was her passion. She was a member of The Custom Tailors & Designers Association, and Fashion Group International. She could duplicate any design perfectly from a fashion magazine or mannequin and make it look easy. We can safely say, there is nothing she couldn’t do with a needle and thread. Ask anybody!

Emilio was nothing if not funny. He’s left oodles of doodles everywhere. He especially delighted in language, words, and idioms. We have wept until short of breath from ridiculously clever observations about language and hilarious idioms, none of which we can recall, but whose impactful reaction will never leave us. He had many hobbies. He must have made the photography industry the empire that it became. We can’t prove that he owned every camera ever made at some point in his life, but I bet he came a close second to the most thorough collection in the world. Most families have not owned as many cameras as he lost, discarded, or outgrew. He documented everything with a photograph and/or film, and in the old days, he developed and enlarged the photos in his darkroom. Juamí artistically hand-colored their favorites. He LOVED all things electronic and people who shared this interest.

One thing Emilio and Juamí absolutely loved was dancing. We heard stories of people clearing circles around them to watch them dance. They lit up like enchanted Christmas trees and seemed to escape to a world where only the two of them existed in dance. Emilio was inadvertently abused as a young father by his eldest, who made him dance for her delight and pleasure until he was forced to feign exaggerated exhaustion in hopes of being released from his cruel assignment.

Perhaps their biggest passion was traveling and seeing the world. These people loved each other, their children, their families, their friends, and the world. They seemed not of this world, but we were very lucky indeed to have had them, as parents, as family, as friends, as neighbors, and anonymous recipients. All we can say is thank you, bon voyage, and rest in peace. You have lived and loved well.

Emilio died at home on September 16, 2009. Juamí died at home on March 13, 2010. Each received Last Rites from Father Juan Torres of St. Hughes Catholic Church before passing. Their ashes were blessed and entombed by him at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Mausoleum, Miami, Florida, on May 27, 2010.

They are survived by their two daughters, who would like to thank all friends, family, and neighbors for their love, prayers, and support.

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