Ramón Cernuda passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at home and surrounded by family. He was born in Havana, Cuba on May 7, 1923 to José and America Cernuda.

In 1960, at age 37, he left Cuba with his family. He was a veteran of the 2506 Brigade and trained for the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. After that, he went to work for Sears in Puerto Rico as the Furniture Department Manager. After a long career, he rose to the position of Vice-President of Sears International having worked in Chicago, Venezuela, Peru and Puerto Rico until his retirement in 1993 when he moved to Lakeland.

Ramón was an avid golfer until 91 years of age. He was a lifelong Methodist and regularly attended College Heights United Methodist Church (Hispanic Congregation). He was a faithful man of God and lived his life as an inspiration to all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Leticia; children, Ramón (Nercys) Cernuda, Leticia (Victor) Troiano, Eduardo (Tina) Cernuda; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his beloved caregiver, Enilda Casas, whose care and compassion enabled him to remain in his home.

The family wishes to thank Good Shepherd Hospice for all their support during his final days.

A private family service was held on Thursday, January 21 and a celebration of his life will be held at a future date at the College Heights United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.

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