MILTON "MINGO" ESQUINALDO, SR.
December 1, 1916 - February 18, 2014
Milton "Mingo" Esquinaldo, 97 passed away peacefully on the afternoon of February 18, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving devoted family. Milton was a native and lifetime resident of Key West. He was the ninth child of 11 children born to the late Enrique Esquinaldo, Sr. and Angela Benete Esquinaldo.
Milton was preceeded in death by his brothers, Enrique Jr., Villier, Sergio, Helio, Joseph, Orlando, and Paul Esquinaldo; sisters Lesbia Rodriguez, Esther Cassidy and Elva Esquinaldo; nephews Alan Esquinaldo, William Cassidy, Henry Esquinaldo, Mikey Esquinaldo, and Steven Esquinaldo.
Survivors include his loving wife Amelia, son Milton, Jr. (Ann), son David (Sondra), Grandchildren, Milton Esquinaldo III, Patricia Garcia (JP), David Justin Esquinaldo, Alex Esquinaldo, Harrison Esquinaldo (Alicia), and Ariel Esquinaldo. Great grandchildren, DJ Laguna, Desirae Laguna, Alston Garcia, Jesse Garcia and David Jameson Yaniz Esquinaldo. Sister-in-law Rose Esquinaldo, Brother-in-law Pete Fernandez (Olga), seven nephews, Villier Esquinaldo Jr. (Paulette), Joseph Esquinaldo Jr., Bruce Esquinaldo (Carolyn), Paul Esquinaldo Jr., Timothy Esquinaldo (Deanna), Orlando Esquinaldo Jr. (Candy), Thomas Cassidy (Donna); four nieces Anita Vargas (Lionel Sr.), Linda Stevens, Susan Bull (Steve), JoAnn Robinson.
Mingo co-owned and worked at a grocery store on Thomas and Petronia Street until he went to work at the U.S. Naval Station on November 6, 1951. He was the supervisor of the Supply Department, Material Division, until his first retirement on April 14, 1970. He also worked at the City of Key West and then at the Housing Authority of Key West as a carpenter until his second retirement.
He was an active member of the Old Key West Tomato League where he loved to pitch. He was also active in the baseball youth leagues. Milton loved playing the guitar, going to the Moose Club and dancing with his wife Amelia. Mingo was easily identifiable by the many hats he loved to wear. Milton was very creative and built various items in his workshop for his friends and relatives.
Milton was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who always put his family first. He will be greatly missed.
Following cremation a service will be held in his honor at Dean Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton Street on Saturday, February 22 at 11 a.m. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.