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Cirilo Berto Barroso VargasJuly 9, 1937 ~ April 27, 2017 (age 79)
Cirilo Berto Barroso Vargas, 79, went to be with the Lord on April 27th, 2017. Cirilo or Barroso as he was called by those closest to him, was born in Oceguera, Cuba to Gregorio Barroso and Hortensia Vargas, he was one of seven children and is survived by his last living sibling Aida Lugo.
In Cuba, Barroso was a member of the pre-Castro military and owned his own business until he came to America with his loving wife Maida and two eldest daughters Paula and Maria “Muchy” in 1970. Their third daughter Lourdes (Ernesto) was born in 1976. Barroso and Maida have been married for 55 years and are the proud grandparents to Spencer “Pincho” (deceased), Lauren”Lorito” (Pierre), Wade “Raton” (DeHavlyn), Nathan “Natuno” (Laura), Sara “Matilda”, Eva “Chispita” and Valentina “Lunita”, great grandchildren Dereon “Pichirro”, Maya “Estrellita”, Leilani “Rosita” , Ezequiel “Trunquito”, Amía “Palomita” and a sixth great grandchild on the way. Each grandchild was given a special nickname by their grandfather.
Barroso leaves behind a large extended family and an even larger community of friends that were much more like family.
Barroso was the proud owner of Tropical Food Market the first Latino grocery store in Columbus in the 80’s and later retired from Alliance Data where he received many honors and recognitions for his amazing work ethic.
He was an active member of the community helping to found and lead the Spanish American Socio Cultural Club, Círculo Cubano and an active member of Parroquia Santa Cruz. He was a championship domino player, a poet, softball player, dancer and a fan of telenovelas.
Barroso knew no strangers and he loved his family fiercely. He will be greatly missed by many. His joy and spirit lives in the heart of each of his family members who will remember him as their Daddy, Papi, and Pipo.
“Love me like the moon intended, all the way through the darkness.” –A.J. Lawless
Calling hours will be at Egan Ryan Funeral Home 403 East Broad Street on Sunday, April 30th from 2-5 pm. Mass will take place at Holy Name Church (Parroquia Santa Cruz) 154 Patterson Ave. on Monday, May 1st at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Parroquia Santa Cruz.