Angel Ramon Rey
November 4, 1928 – December 16, 2020
Angel Ramon Rey, 91 passed away peacefully on December 16th, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born to Juan and Valentina Rey on November 4th, 1928 in San Juan de Los Yeras, Cuba. He grew up in the countryside being loved and doted on by his 13 older brothers and sisters. In 1956, he helped to form The Second Front of Escambray, an independent guerilla group to overthrow the Batista regime. After being persecuted for his pursuit of freedom, he was forced to leave his homeland. On July 4th, 1962 he arrived in Miami, Florida thanks to the Cuban Refugee Act, leaving his family and love behind. He returned years later to Cuba via sailboat to bring his future bride, Carmen Rodriguez and marry her in the United States of America. The Cuban government refused all exit visas and he made his way back to Miami without her. In 1966, they were married and soon after made their home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Angel worked at the University of Michigan Hospital until he had the great fortune to secure employment with Ford Motor Company. He worked in Quality Control for over 30 years. His greatest achievement was raising and providing for his family. He was a father and grandfather first and foremost. His success in this country allowed him to care for his brothers and sisters in Cuba which brought him great joy. After his love for his family and friends, his 2nd greatest love was his Cuba. He suffered knowing the land he fought for was under a dictatorship and had hoped for a free Cuba every day of his life. Angel maintained lifelong friendships and cherished each and every one. While he was certainly the strong, silent type, he expressed himself in poetry even having books published in his younger days. Angel loved baseball, reading, writing, listening to classical music and anything that had to do with history or politics. He is survived by his wife, Carmen, daughters Carmen Milagro, Alicia Isabel(Lance), grandchildren Natalia and Alex, sisters-in-law Norma and Angelina, brother-in-law, Arnaldo and countless nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held and livestreamed on Wednesday December 23rd at St. Mary’s Parish at 11:00 A.M.