Galo Cimadevilla, also known as Mr. C, Chini, and Abo, was called home by our Heavenly Father on Monday, August 26, 2019, in his home in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He died as he lived - in the fullness of the community he created, surrounded by his beloved wife, children, and grandchildren, who kept vigil around him during his last earthly days. Galo was 86 years old, just shy of his 87th birthday. Galo, who never met a stranger, left an indelible mark on each person he encountered. He was the son of Spanish immigrants to Cuba where he studied, worked and met his bride of 58 years, who faithfully accompanied him in everything. After the onset of the communist revolution in 1959, Galo, Marta, and their unborn child left everything behind in Cuba with only the clothes on their backs in search of a new life to live in religious and political freedom.
Not having mastery over the English language when he arrived to the United States in 1962, Galo abandoned his former career in office equipment sales and used his artistic talent to build a successful career as a graphic art director. He declined several promising job offers along the way that required business travel because he wanted to always be present for his family, his first priority. Galo generously shared his gifts and passions with every organization and community in which he and his family were involved, including the Cursillo Movement, Central Dekalb Youth Association, Towers High School, The Monastery of the Holy Spirit, East Tennessee State University, and Arena Football, just to name a few.
Most of all, Galo was known for his words of wisdom, which were always rooted in love and a sense of responsibility to help motivate others to be the best version of themselves. There was never a dull moment in his presence, and he was never too proud to get his hands dirty when it came to the support of his children’s endeavors. His creative genius was not limited to art; he taught himself to play the harmonica and often serenaded family and friends on special occasions. Making music and creating impromptu shows and skits were the favorite pastimes he shared with his best friends, Hector Sosa and Ernesto Torres, who anxiously wait to make heavenly music with him in eternal life.
Shortly before his retirement, Galo launched his own art framing business which brought him great joy and satisfaction. He showed his love and gratitude for people by framing their special moments and treasured articles. After hearing of his passing, one friend claimed, “he is probably working diligently to frame up some of God’s wonderful masterpieces for display!”
He is preceded in death by his parents, Gabino Cimadevilla and Soledad Palaez, his brother, Gabino Cimadevilla Pelaez, and his daughter-in-law, Amber Cimadevilla. He is survived by his lovely wife, Marta Cimadevilla, three children: Lourdes Di Pietro (Vincenzo), Vivian Ferrari (Anthony) and Jorge Cimadevilla, and eleven grandchildren who were his pride and joy: Anthony Gaetano Ferrari, Sofia Ferrari, Gabriel Ferrari, Corbitt Cimadevilla, Dominic Ferrari, Ellie Cimadevilla, Francesco Di Pietro, Lucia Ferrari, Luca Di Pietro, Marisol Cimadevilla, and Gemma Ferrari. A vigil with the rosary will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 10:15 am at St. Marguerite d'Youville Catholic Church, 85 Gloster Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30044, followed by a funeral Mass at 11:00 am, also at St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Church. Arrangements by Byrd & Flanigan Crematory And Funeral Service Lawrenceville GA. (770)962-2200 Byrd&Flanigan.com
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