Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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Orestes "Kico" Gonzalez, originally from Playa Santa Fe, Cuba, passed away peacefully in his Key West home on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Ana Gonzalez; beloved son Jose "Kiki" Gonzalez (Becky); grandchildren Jewel, Jenna and Jacob; daughter Maria Partington (Jeffrey); grandchildren Neil S. Mellies III (Nathalia), Raymond A. Mellies (Rae Anne), Justin Partington (Megan).

He was preceded in death by parents Pepe (El Guardia) and Luz Maria; beloved older brother Pepito (Milvia) and beautiful sister Rosa (Celso); nephew Carlos Martinez; his two best friends from childhood, Enrique and Luis; and many surviving nieces and nephews, including Mike Gonzalez (Wendy), Mercy Gonzalez (Tony), Dalila Eljaua and Carlitos Martinez.

He made lifelong friendships that we know will truly miss his smile and daily jokes.

Kico lived many years in Hialeah and relocated his family in the late 1970s, where he lived and retired as captain/owner of "El Kima" and "St. Jude." He was blessed to have spent his last year full of joy and happiness from daily visits of his great-grandson Khai Raymond Mellies.

Thank you, Dad, you were the best father a son and daughter could ever hope for. Forever in our hearts just a thought away. God's Blessings.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton St., Key West. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.