Beloved father, grandfather and husband, Maximo Lara Calderon - a self-taught expert of many music genres and avid news reader and watcher - passed away peacefully after a brief illness. He was 86 years old.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Luz; his brother, Antonio and his parents, Catalina and Jorge. Maximo is survived by his sons, Maximo (Ellen Sobral) of Hagerstown, and George (Matt Smith), of Chicago and his daughter, Melba (Lisa Rone) of Chicago, and his grandchildren, Melissa and Lucas.
Maximo was voraciously curious about the world, at times reading up to 4 newspapers a day. He could talk about any news subject in depth. He also had a wonderfully dry sense of humor and a keen eye for the foibles of politicians. It was a delight to hear his laugh because you knew something had to be genuinely funny.
His love and knowledge of music was vast. He especially enjoyed big band, top female vocalists of the 50s and 60s, and Tango masters from the 20's to the 40's. He had shelves full of vinyl albums with everything from classical or country, to easy listening and rock.
He enjoyed working with his hands, and could literally fix anything thanks to his decades working as a plant manager at Avon Products. His home library hinted of extensive hobbies he also sought to pursue - woodworking, sailing, astronomy and technology.
Born in the 1930s in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, he lost his parents at a young age. That loss made him extra kind about anyone who was homeless and numerous people could tell you stories of how he helped them when they were down and out.
Per his wishes, the family will only hold a graveside service at Highland Memory Gardens, in Apopka, FL. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of his favorite charities, the Orlando Rescue Mission, or to your local food bank or shelter.