Nando will be honored for his 100th birthday on Easter weekend this year by his family, most of whom have not been able to visit him since the 2019 holiday season due to the pandemic. Other than scheduled doctor visits and the occasional food shopping excursion Nando has spent the pandemic alone at home.
Nando, who lives alone in his Valrico home, has enjoyed a full life. He met and married the love of his life, Julia, shortly after returning from his tour of duty. Julia passed in 2015. Together they raised 4 children (Evelyn, Fernando Jr, Ronald and Kenneth) who continued his legacy adding 6 children of their own (Teddy, Albert, Violet, Veruchka, Gisele and Salina). His grandchildren went on to continue the family expansion giving Nando his great-grandchildren. Even one of his great-grandchildren has become a parent, adding a great-great granddaughter to his family tree.
He moved to New York City in 1943. Most of his career was spent working in the Bronx hospital system before his retirement and move to Florida in 1997. Since then, most of his family has also relocated to Florida. On Saturday, April 3rd, the family will spend the day together at his granddaughter’s home in Port St. Lucie properly celebrating the centurion and we would love for you to join us and/or cover this beautiful, uplifting story.