On July 2, at the age of 79, Bernardo Navarro passed away from this life and returned to the Lord. Born in Cuba in 1939, he was a graduate of the Cuban Naval Academy and a proud officer in the Cuban merchant marine until his opposition to the Castro regime forced him to leave his beloved homeland. He worked tirelessly at an assortment of jobs, saving every dime to secure the passage of his family to the United States. After a two-year separation, he was reunited with his fiancée, Rosa Lopez, and they were married at St. Michael’s Church in Manhattan. He and Rosa began their married life in Jackson Heights, before moving to Tarrytown, where they raised three daughters, and Bernardo spent thirty-three years working as an engineer at General Motors. After his retirement from GM, he worked as a building inspector for the Village of Tarrytown. Through it all he was a devoted husband, dutiful son, loving father, and adoring grandfather, whose first passion was always his family. He was also a kind and generous neighbor, and a proud citizen of his adopted country. He was a man of dignity, courage, conviction, and warmth, who left an indelible mark on those who knew him. He will be mourned and greatly missed, but certainly not forgotten.
Bernardo is survived by his wife, Rosa, to whom he was married for nearly 56 years, his daughters Rosa Skalitzky (James), Anne Sullivan (Richard), and Hilda Gonzalez (Rick), and his seven grandchildren – Christina, Andrew, Marie, Monica, Raymond, Diego, and Lucy.
The wake will be held at Coffey Funeral Home in Tarrytown, Friday, July 6, 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 7, 9 am at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Sleepy Hollow
In lieu of flowers, donations to
St. Teresa of Avila Church
130 Beekman Avenue
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Would be greatly appreciated