fidel castro wins

As she aged, my grandmother, Olga Cristina Pérez de Gómez told me many times that she only wanted to outlive fidel castro by one minute. In that way she would have won. She would have overcome more than 40 years of exile and the loss of the entire life she had built with my grandfather and her children.

It pains me to say that she passed tonight and fidel castro has defeated another Cuban patriot.

Olga Cristina “Tina” Pérez de Gómez
July 24, 1913 – May 4, 2009


29 thoughts on “fidel castro wins”

  1. Oh, Henry …

    God bless her and you.

    You see, God wanted your beautiful Grandmother …

    Even Satan doesn’t want castro.

    Love and prayers,


  2. My condolences and prayers for you and your family on your loss. I lost my grandparents a while back. My grandfather’s dying request was to be buried in a free Cuba. I hope to live long enough to grant him that wish.

  3. Henry I am so very saddened to hear of your Grandmothers passing, please except our condolences on your loss. It is heartbreaking I know. May all the wonderful memories of her you hold in your heart sustain you through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers, a very large hug to you and your family, Ziva

  4. Henry, I’m so sorry. My condolences to your family. I heard the very same sentiments from my grandparents who never dreamed fidel would outlast them. They died in 1977 and 1985. Let me know when the services will be held.

  5. I totally understand how you feel. I’ve lost Papi and Abuela and one of my first thoughts was always that they died without seeing their country freed. It hurts like hell.

    My condolences to you and your family; may God grant all of you a lot of inner peace.

    un abrazo.

  6. Henry,

    My deepest condolences go to you and your family.

    Little by little we’re losing the elders here in America and the Cuban nightmare continues.

    There is nothing that I can say that will bring comfort to the pain you’re going through now other than to pray to God for an answer.

    Rest assured your grandmother already knows that answer as she’s with the Lord in heaven.

  7. Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your beautiful grandmother will live on in the memories of all who knew and loved her and by extension, all those who visit this incredible blog.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless the Gomez Family.

  8. Man Henry, I’m very sorry for your grandmother’s passing, especially that she couldn’t outlive Cas(s)tro! I hope when the real autopsy comes out for Fidel it’ll show he died 2 years earlier!

  9. My condolences to you and your family, Henry. fidel castro may have outlived your grandmother, but he did not win. Your Abuela’s victory is in your twins who will forever live in freedom because of the sacrifices she made.

  10. Henry, I’m very sorry to hear about your grandmother. Our prayers are with you and your family. George

  11. Henry,

    My deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family. As Val stated so eloquently, victory lies in those who struggle for freedom and pass it down from generation to generation.

  12. Henry-My deepest sympsthies for your loss. I trust she will be in good company with many like her.

  13. May God Bless her and keep her. My condolences to you and yours. The thing is that your grandmother will outlive Fidel. The love of country and liberty has been passed to new generations that will help rebuild and renew Cuba once the change finally comes. When Fidel is gone everything that he was will go with him. The aspirations of our loved ones will live through us and those that follow. God Bless.

  14. Henry my deepest condolences to you and your family. fidel did not win, your grandmother will always be remembered with love, he will not. She will live in your hearts, in freedom.

  15. My sympathies to your whole family. Grandmas are so special and irreplaceable, aren’t they? Olga reminds me so much of my mom, who is always saying the same thing ~ she wants to outlive the regime. God had better plans for Olga.

  16. My condolences Henry. Castro did not win, don’t look at it that way. She lived a full life and saw her family grow up free of Castro’s communism. Besides fidel is gone, he’s been out for the last few years. Your Grandmother wins in my book!

  17. Time was obviously against her, and, sadly, so was most of the world (and I mean the supposedly progressive, supposedly freedom-loving world). The saddest thing, though, is not that Castro outlived her, or even that Castro “got away with it,” but rather that it was her own countrymen, her own people, who betrayed her and enabled the loss of the life and world she had and loved in Cuba. I feel exactly the same about what happened to my parents, and obviously many others like them. Castro himself was only the tip of the iceberg.

  18. Henry

    My condolences. The most important exile she is ending is from being apart from her Maker. Besides, being outlived by a dictator just means your grandmother can lobby Heaven to ensure that Hell doesn’t overlook certain octogenarian dictators.

  19. Henry – mys deepest condolences. I will say a prayer for her tonight and for your family also. Dios mio – cuando se acaba esta trajedia?!

  20. Henry, I’m very sorry to read the news of your loss. My condolonces to your family. No podemos perder las esperanzas; at least for our children, we have to keep hoping they’ll see a bright future for our homeland.

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