Mario was a lifelong jokester. No matter what the situation, he always had a joke to tell or a song to sing; often being the only one laughing at his own made-up jokes. His love of the sea carried over from his endless days and nights in Cuba working on sugar cane freighters. He loved spending time with his blended and chosen family who are spreading out between Cuba, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Washington, and Mexico. He loved traveling with his wife and spending his retirement years living between Cozumel and the US. He had a sincere and passionate love for animals. He and his wife adopted and cared for many dogs and cats throughout their forty-plus year marriage. Mario had a bright and energetic personality and was known for his generosity and kindness towards others. He will be missed by many.
Mario was preceded in death by his father, Heriberto Hernandez; mother, Rita Rodriguez; step-mother, Edelmira Olivera; children Mario E. and Jorge F. Hernandez; and is survived by his wife, Ruth A Hernandez; children Alejandro L. (Virginia) Hernandez and Sandra T. (Gilberto) Perez; step-children Renee a. (Andy) Renberg, Robin S. (Ron) Packer, and James I. (Judy) Renberg; daughter-in-law Connie Hernandez; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved chosen family in Cozumel, Mexico.
There will be a graveside service at 3pm on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park. Men are encouraged to wear a guayabera and Cuban hat in his honor. Immediately following the service there will be a funeral reception at Ramblewood Acres Clubhouse, located at 3275 Ramblewood Dr S, Sarasota, FL.