Sunday, May 19, 2013
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VICTOR MANUEL 'CHINO' VARGAS

Victor Manuel "Chino" Vargas was born Aug. 4, 1952, to Victor and Nellie Vargas in Key West, Fla. Victor passed on May 12, 2013, Mother's Day.

He is survived by his beloved mother, Nellie, sister Christina, children Chelsea and Christopher, nephew Teddy, Aunt Linda Beiro, Uncles Julio Avael and Adolfo Avael and loving friend K.L.T.

He graduated from Key West High School and soon left the Keys to become a professional musician, playing drums for many well-known bands in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and around the country. In the '70s, he organized and played drums for the local Key West group The Joint Effort. He later joined Woodies on the Beach in Hollywood, Fla., and jammed with the likes of Ron Woods and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. He was a well-respected musician and songwriter. His love of music was his true passion.

In 2001, he returned to his family home at 1921 Fogarty St. and became a real estate agent for the Hyatt Vacation Club.

He loved his children, family and friends. His laughter was contagious. He will be missed by all who knew him. Key West was his island, his culture and where he loved to be.

Victor "Chino" Vargas was a true artist, kind and sensitive -- not of this world.

May he find the peace with God he so deeply wanted.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date. The family is taking calls at 305-294-2979.