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Guillermo Cortizo

October 24, 2018
Guillermo Cortizo
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Guillermo Rodrigo Cortizo was born on March 13th, 1928, in Cienfuegos, Cuba, the third child of
Guillermina Aznarez and Gumersindo Cortizo. Guillermo studied at Colegio Eliza Bowman, a Methodist School, where he learned how to speak, write and read English. His years at this school were very formative. The Christian example exemplified by many of the American Missionary teachers, left an indelible impression in his faith and upbringing.
Guillermo worked at the rich Cienfuegos docks unloading and carrying merchandise and food to be sold in markets. He worked at distributions centers doing the accounting for merchandise being distributed to outlets.
On September 10, 1955, he married Mariblanca Borges. They proceeded to have three children, Guillermo, Beatriz and Jorge. After he declared himself against the communist government in 1961, he was immediately fired from his job. In 1965, he was sent to the Cuban Gulag hard labor work camps where he cut sugarcane under the grueling hot sun, with meager food rations. He remained there for three years, until allowed to leave for the United States under the Freedom Flights program.
On August 25, 1968, the family flew from Cuba to Miami and a couple of days later to Brooklyn, New York, where they lived with the Rev. Cortizo and his wife Raquel for the first three months. In November of that year, they moved to Park Slope, where they lived and raised their children until 2018.
Guillermo and Mariblanca served faithfully at Immanuel & First Spanish Methodist Church for 45 years, 23 of those under the spiritual guidance and leadership of his brother Rev. Jorge Cortizo and his wife Raquel. They were both tireless warriors for the Lord, not only in service to the church but also in its spiritual and communal fellowship.
Guillermo worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank since he arrived from Cuba until his retirement. He loved working in the Commercial Loan Area and the many challenges it presented with balancing commercial lending accounts. The more difficult the problem, the more he loved solving it. His son Jorge found him a job at Schoenberg Salt Co. in Red Hook. He loved working part-time there for 15 years. He did everything and anything that was needed, including helping to maintain the books.
After retiring from Schoenberg Salt, he would keep busy with his many crafts. His beloved wife Mariblanca (Mari) joined the Lord in November 4, 2010. Becoming a grandfather for the 5th & 6th time at 80 years of age to Isabella and Amanda, gave him a renewed spirit and mission every day for the next 10 years. He loved to go to the park, play ball, checkers, Monopoly, color, paint and play dominoes with the girls.
Guillermo loved the Lord with all his heart. He knew his Savior intimately and walked in communion with him daily. He loved his family unconditionally. He was always lovingly supportive and felt responsible for his brothers' well being, Jorge and Orlando. Their whimsical sense of humor and joy when together was infectious. Their childhood mischiefs were harnessed and tempered by their older sister Ester, who alone lovingly cared for their mom in her senior years in Cuba. He was able to have a loving and satisfying relationship with his baby half brother Leonel, whom he met here in the U.S.
His sons (Guille & Yoyo) were his best friends and loved nothing better than to be surrounded by his family. His daughter Betty was his mainstay and strong support during the years after Mariblanca’s passing. The love for his grandchildren knew no boundaries, it was fearless. He was in heaven when Jonathan came to live with him after college, now that Mariblanca had died. He loved to hear about Lourdes' (Lulu) work and looked forward to her phone calls every day. He cheered Lauren (Lorina), when she danced, wrestled and ran the Boston Marathon. Anytime he'd experience new pains or symptoms he would always have to check with the family doctor, Jaqueline (Jackie). He loved Michelle's cooking. Mayra was always loving and attentive. He loved to go to baseball games with Barry. He welcomed to the family Eddie, Erin and Pablo and was looking forward to going to Lauren and Gabe's wedding.


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Memorial Service

Saturday

10

Nov

10:00 AM 11/10/2018 10:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 11/10/2018 1:00:00 PM
Leone Funeral Home Inc.

696 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Leone Funeral Home Inc.
696 4th Avenue Brooklyn 11232 NY
United States

Service

Saturday

10

Nov

10:30 AM 11/10/2018 10:30:00 AM
Leone Funeral Home Inc.

696 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Leone Funeral Home Inc.
696 4th Avenue Brooklyn 11232 NY
United States
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