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Miguel Lorenzo BengocheaMarch 6, 1932 ~ January 1, 2017 (age 84)
OBITUARY BENGOCHEA, Miguel L.
Miguel was born March 6, 1932 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. He passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, January 1, 2017 with his family surrounding him at home in Delray Beach.
In 1961 Miguel and his wife with their one year old daughter Rosie, left Cuba for Baltimore, MD where they became U.S. citizens and Carmen, Maite and Michael were born. In 1973 they became permanent Florida residents. He was the son of Miguel A. Bengochea Guerra and Dulce María Valdés Padrón.
Miguel is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years Rosa and their four children, Rosie, (Elia Hernandez) Carmen (Alexander Garcia), Maite (Alan Graff, M.D.) and Michael of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Margate and Deerfield Beach, FL. His two grandchildren, Joey and Jake, five great-grandchildren, Daniella, Joseph, Andrew, Jeremy, Julian, cousin Marta Campa Carvajal, other cousins and two twin nieces, Ana Maria and Ana Victoria Alberro Bengochea. Miguel was pre- deceased by his parents, his sisters Graciela Alberro and Lila Ennis.
Miguel was an accountant who in Baltimore worked for the American Oil Co. until 1973. In Miami, he worked for Flagship Bank and SunTrust Bank. After 24 years of loyal employment, Miguel retired in 1997. His work ethics were exceptional and obtained many awards for attendance and being a troubleshooter, helping others in his team. He enjoyed his work where he developed many lasting friendships. After retirement, he found out that he had a liking for cooking and took it on seriously becoming a fabulous chef to the delight of his entire family. Cooking, baking and fishing were his favorite pastimes.
Miguel was a wonderful and devoted husband and father, who dedicated all his free time to spend it at home with his very much beloved wife and children. Those who knew this family realized that the love that this couple had for each other was immensurable and grew stronger with the pass of time..
Miguel’s love of sports and fishing was obvious and his story-telling was delightful.
The love for the ocean and its peacefulness is something that this father imbedded in his young children; to appreciate Mother Nature, respect it and embrace it.
Miguel was a very proud dad that would not miss a softball game or practice where Rosie was the short stop. Many fishing trips to the Keys were made with all the children, and his young son Michael was always eager to return home to eat some French Toast, or Tres Leches prepared by dad.
Miguel enjoyed going to football practice with his daughter Carmen and his grandsons Joey and Jake.
Maite, his youngest daughter found in her Dad a best friend, the one she could trust and confide in. Her dad became her partner in walking and grocery shopping and Maite was Daddy’s Little Girl.
Miguel’s gentle manners, honesty and caring heart made him a trustworthy friend to all that knew him well. Miguel will be sorely missed by all of his family and numerous friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for a Memorial Remembrance in the Monastery daily Masses and Prayers. In Loving Memory of Miguel L. Bengochea and that a donation be made to:
Priests of the Sacred Heart at Sacred Heart Monastery
6889 S Lovers Lane Rd (HWY 100) PO Box 900
Hales Corners, WI 53130
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105
(Miguel was a regular contributor)
A Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 2, 2017, 11am at the funeral home.
Professional arrangements by:
Gary Panoch Funeral Home
6140 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33487