OBITUARY

Antonio "Tony" Lopez-Ibanez

January 20, 1937February 19, 2021

Charlotte, NC - Antonio Lopez-Ibanez "Tony," beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 19, 2021, at the age of 84.

Tony was born in Havana, Cuba, on January 20, 1937, to Raul and Maria Antonieta Lopez-Ibanez. After he graduated law school, he married Zaydee Baicovitz in 1959. He was forced to leave Cuba due to Fidel Castro’s oppressive political regime. After briefly residing in Tampa, FL, and New York, he and Zaydee settled in Charlotte in 1961. With the help of his father-in-law, Enrique Baicovitz, they started the Charlotte Trimming Co. His dream was to create a business that would enable him to bring his brothers to Charlotte, which within a few years, he was able to fulfill. A tireless born leader, with an amazing work ethic, he, his brothers, Raul and Johnny, and lifetime associate Miguel Salcines, built Charlotte Trimming to become a dynamic company and industry leader in the specialty knit trims market they served for 40 years. His passion was to be on the factory floor, engaging with team members (as he would call them) and motivating them to be the best they could. Often considered a melting pot of cultures, Charlotte Trimming would at one point employ team members from over 20 countries and 5 continents, working in Charlotte.

Tony and his wife, Zaydee, became active members of St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in 1965. He and his wife were extremely devoted to the Catholic Church. He would serve on Charlotte Mercy Hospital and Belmont Abbey boards and be active in many other Catholic organizations, including membership in the Knights of Malta and Cursillo movement. He will be remembered as a great husband, father, and a selfless, humble servant of God, with a fierce will to help the underprivileged and needy from all over the world. A true hero to many, his passion and energy will be sorely missed.

Tony also loved classical music and was a board member of the Charlotte Symphony for many years. He was also a dedicated lifetime member of the YMCA who served on numerous committees and is credited as one of the main driving forces in introducing racquetball to the YMCA. It became a ritual to see him, his brothers, and his friends playing racquetball every weekday during lunchtime.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Zaydee; sons Tony Jr. and wife Larissa, Enrique and wife Lina and grandchildren: Michael Anthony, Lindsey Marie, Julianna Andrea, Antonio Konstantinos, and Maria Violeta. He is also survived by many loving family members.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 24, from 10 AM to 11 AM at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church on Providence Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be on the same day at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Sharon Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (www.secondharvestmetrolina.org) or to an organization of your choice.

Services

  • Receiving of Friends

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Memories

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jose zuazo

February 24, 2021

Yo conocí a la familia Lopez-Ibañez en Cuba, trabajé con Johnny en el Banco de los Colonos. Una gran familia desde los padres y los hermanos. Siento mucho la muerte de Antonio, toda la familia será recordada con profundo cariño, y a todos los familiares que quedan sepan que pertenecen a una gran familia. A todos Salud y Suerte.

Ana Diaz

February 24, 2021

The best memory I'll hold onto was his beautiful smile, it would light up anyone's day. He was a very special Soul, always kind and serving others. I'm forever grateful for the way He embraced our family and the love he had for my mother Judith. What I loved the most about Tio Tony was that he was in love with the gift of life and all that envelope his world. He will be sorely missed.

Marie Mitchell

February 23, 2021

Zaydee: My deepest sympathy for your loss. Take comfort in knowing Tony is now at peace and no longer suffering. My prayers are with you and your family.

Marie

Klaus Schlaffke

February 23, 2021

Tony as I wrote my heart and my family is deeply condole with Tony Sr departure, we love him dearly and our prayers are with you and your family, he was an example to community and to all the people who know him, our condolences and prayers for him, I remember him as a gentleman, loving and care about everyone, we all should be join with happiness because now he is in the arms with Jesus, I am pretty sure he is with him in a special place, we love you my friend, sincerely Tonita, Emma and Klaus

Vicki Pearre Love

February 23, 2021

My father, Lloyd Pearre worked for Mr. Lopez-Ibanez at Charlotte Trimming. He was an excellent boss and friend to him. We are sorry for your loss. You are in our orayers.

Ana Suarez Fleming

February 23, 2021

Zaydee, Tony Jr and Ricky-

I don’t know how to adequately say what a great person Tony was but his kindness to our family and personally to me is tough to describe. I just know that he always treated me with love and kindness and for that I am thankful to have known him and in reality all the Lopez-Ibanez family... Heaven is now filled with a large amount of great Cubans and I’m sure they are all together eating paella and having a wonderful time waiting on all of us ❤️❤️❤️❤️

My love to all of you

Ana María

Omega Autry

February 23, 2021

May God comfort you in your loss.

Vicente Diaz

February 22, 2021

Tio Tony always showed me much love and patience Tío 1, 2 , 3 Not it!! Your missed.

Dennis Kuhn

February 22, 2021

"Lord God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for the gracious gift of your faithful servant Tony, to so many for so long. We thank you for his deep love of his family and for Tony's guidance through you to bring his family to this country in safety. We thank you for his lifetime reverence and respect for you, and his commitment and devotion to your Son in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We thank you for his generous spirit and ready willingness to serve others and provide for others in need. We thank you for the 62 years with Zaydee in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and the gift and heritage of children and grandchildren. May he share now in the just reward of his labors in the fellowship of the Saints and Holy Angels. May the peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the purity of the most blessed ever Virgin Mary, the sign of the of Holy Cross, the might of the Lord's Passion and the guardianship of the Angels and prayers of the Saints rest with him and abide within him forever. Amen."

Deborah Giordano

February 22, 2021

One of the best people I’ve ever known or expect to know in the future. Admired and loved by friends and family for his goodness and generosity. He will have a wonderful throne in heaven. God bless and be close to family at this time. Keep special memories in your hearts.
Love you all.

FROM THE FAMILY