Antonio (Tony) Arturo Puente peacefully passed away, in Jacksonville, FL on October 22, 2015 surrounded by family. He was born in La Habana, Cuba on December 25, 1925 to Antonio Maria Puente and Silvia Suarez Puente. He leaves a sister, Marta Puente Palmer of Miami and was predeceased by his sister Silvia Andino. He is survived by two sons, Antonio Enrique Puente (Linda) and Enrique Antonio Puente (Sue); five grandchildren Krista Puente Trefz (Greg), Enrique Antonio Puente II (Emili-Erin), Antonio Nicolas Puente, Lucas Llanso Puente (Jill) and Alexander Ahern Puente; and two great grandchildren Kaya Trefz and Rylan Trefz.
Tony was raised in La Habana, Cuba by his parents, where he attended LaSalle School. Tony married the love of his life, Silvia Llanso Puente, in 1949 and started a family in Cuba. He was a member of the Habana Yacht Club and later an elected board member. Due to the emergence of Communist policies, he and his family immigrated to the United States on November 6, 1960 with no knowledge of the English language, any employment and $300. He proudly became an American citizen and was thankful and proud of the accomplishments that his adopted country afforded. They settled in Jacksonville, Florida in 1962 where he worked with M. D. Moody and Sons, one of the nation’s largest distributors of heavy equipment, for almost 40 years rising to the position of Treasurer of the Board of Directors.
A Memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, November 9, 2015 in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Florida followed by private burial services at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Society and American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hardage-Giddens Greenlawn Funeral Home and Cemetery.
Please offer condolences at www.greenlawnjacksonville.com