Sebastian Cabrera died peacefully Wednesday afternoon April 3, 2014 at his home. He had a prolonged illness and for months slowly declined in health.
Mr. Cabrera was married to his beloved wife Rosemary who died in February 2014. Now they are reunited in the presence of God.
Mr. Cabrera led the way for the development of Mallory docks and Key West Chamber of Commerce, to be the centers of tourism with the help of many others who deserve credit for tourism and hospitality in the Keys. Sebastian took over his father's wholesale grocery business when he died. The company was the largest grocery company in Key West located on Harbor House, Front St. He later built next door to the company building a restaurant named "Caribe". At one time, the restaurant enjoyed the longest history under the same management of any restaurant in Key West. Their "Shrimp Sebastian" and Key Lime Pie were outstanding. His restaurant received the first Silver Spoon society award. The society was created in 1964. President Truman on his morning walk on November 1951 stopped to have a cup of coffee with the owner's Rosemary and Sebastian Cabrera. When he left, President Truman gave the Cabrera's an autographed dollar bill.
Sebastian was an excellent water-skier and brought the sport to Key West. He set up a ski-ramp in Garrison Bight (which was larger than today). On Sunday's him and friends would put on a ski show for Key Wester's in the Bight. Sebastian was on the swimming team at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, before World War II. He was a great swimmer and surfer. He was a director of the Florida Restaurant Association. Sebastian and Rosemary traveled the world and he would often say: "the time you spend traveling is not deducted from your days on earth."
Sebastian was a wonderful dancer, a devoted husband, kind, generous, and a man who excelled in whatever he did. Sebastian was lifelong member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The service for Sebastian is: Requiem Mass at 6 p.m. Friday April 11th at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, preceded by the Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.