Obituary of Teodoro Gago
Teodoro Daniel Gago, 99, of Englewood, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
Teodoro was born in 1921 in Camaguey, Cuba to Josè Manuel and Encarnacion (De Lamano) Gago. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Olga, and his sons Daniel, of Ridgefield Park NJ and Marcos of New York City; three sisters - Aurora, Cuca and America; three brothers - Benjamin, Manolito and Angelito; two grandchildren - Danny Lee Gago of Washington State and Jimmy Lee Gago of Connecticut; and nine great grandchildren - Mason, Jebediah, Malia, Isabella, Nathan, Lily, Eliana, Bryan and Tyler.
Teodoro grew up on a farm in Cuba, after his parents immigrated from Spain. He was the second eldest of 10 siblings. Teodoro was a self-taught barber, eventually opening up his own shop. He immigrated with his family to America to escape communism and took residence in New York City, where he worked as a Superintendent for New York Presbyterian Hospital. Teodoro had a very strong work ethic and was very proud of the many medals and awards he accumulated over the years.
Teodoro was a true gentleman who always kept his word. He loved life and enjoyed being social, perpetually happy with an infectious smile - he would hug and talk to just about anyone he met. Teodoro was very dapper, loving to get dressed up, he had a very unique sense of style which once landed him on the cover of the New York Times Style page for his “Style Havanero”. He had a love for nature, and would literally go around hugging old trees.
When Teodoro was young, he had his palm read by a gypsy who told him he had a long life ahead of him and would live to be 99 – which ended up being true. Teodoro would like to be remembered for his dedicated love for his family and his zest for life.
Services and interment will be held at George Washington Memorial Park cemetery in Paramus NJ at the family’s convenience.