Sabino Rebollo, 90, died suddenly May 18th, 2020, in Plantation, Florida. His family was with him at the time. He was born in La Habana, Cuba on November 27, 1929. It was in La Habana that he met and married Nereyda Rebollo on November 19, 1955.
He worked in the Shoe Business in La, Habana. In May of 1962, he fled the Castro Revolution and came to America with his wife and two young children settling in the “Down Neck” section of Newark, New Jersey. He worked at whatever job he could get, sometimes working 2-3 jobs at a time, the slaughterhouses on the lower west side of Manhattan, an ore refinery that spewed a putrid smell, a linoleum factory, a tool and die factory and others. He had very little formal education, but he was a great salesman. He saved enough money and opened what turned out to be a very successful shoe store in Newark. By 1986, he semi-retire in the Shoe Business and relocated, with his wife, Nereyda, to South Florida where they have been for 34 years.
He routinely emphasized the importance of education to his children. They both listened to his advice and became successful professionals.
Sabino was a loving husband, father and grandfather and dedicated his life to giving them all he could. Family was of utmost importance to him. His granddaughter, Melissa, was very special to him. She always brought a huge smile to his face. His nicknames for her were “Meli” and “Rubia Linda.”
He and his wife enjoyed taking cruises with their friends and have traveled extensively to various locations. He enjoyed the culture, music and food of Spain and his native Cuba but he loved America. He saw America as the land of opportunity, liberty and freedom. Sadly, he never got to see a truly free Cuba.
Sabino is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Nereyda: son, Carlos Rebollo; daughter-in-law, Laura Day Rebollo; daughter, Nery Pagella; and granddaughter, Melissa Rebollo. He is also survived by many family members through blood and marriage, all of whom will miss him.
A (limited) private memorial and viewing will be held Friday, May 22, 2020, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, a T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home, 7001 NW 4th St, Plantation, FL 33317. Funeral and Burial (family only) will be Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 10:00 am, at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery, 11411 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33172.
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