2006-03-14

Prudencio "Peaches" Hernandez, Jr.

Last Tuesday March 7th, 2006, my Grandfather passed away. This marks a momentus milestone in my life, for he was truly my Father in every sense of the word execpt biologically.

He was renaissance man who could intelligently discuss politics, religion, science, art, sports, or libations and did so at ease with his life-long friends who were numbered in their hundreds and came from every walk of life, race, and religion. His integrity, tenacity, devotion, and resilience were second to none and were reflected in specularly brilliant fasion in the many facets of his life from famliy to baseball, to community service.

As I take stock in my own life, I can only hope to distantly mimick his life's meaning and accomplishments. Below is his obituary, but it would take volumes to summarize his life accurately.

HERNANDEZ, Prudencio "Peaches", Jr., 94, of Tampa passed away Mar. 7, 2006. He is preceded in death by his wife Mercedes R. Hernandez. Survivors include his daughter, Diahn Hanes, grandson, Craig Anderson and wife Stefanie, great grandsons, Spencer and Victor Anderson. Mr. Hernandez was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He graduated from Jesuit High School in 1932, played 8 years of professional baseball. He worked for a phosphate Co. [US Phosphoric] as a chemist and retired after 33 years of service. He coached baseball and basketball for 21 years, volunteering as a coach for Jesuit High School, OLPH, Most Holy Name and Mary Help of Christians Schools.He coached American League and little league and received the Pop Warner Award and the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award. He also coached the Gibsonton Chiefs, a semi-pro baseball team, which became the 5 year state champions and placed 3rd in the National Tournament in 1961. The family will gather to receive friends on Friday, Mar. 10, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m. with recitation of the Catholic Wake Rite at 7 p.m at Boza & Roel Funeral Home, 4730 N.Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL. Private services will be held Saturday, Mar. 11, 2006 and interment will follow in Centro Espanol Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Jesuit High School Endowment Fund, c/o Jesuit High School, 4701 N. Himes Ave., Tampa, FL 33614.

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