Jose Antonio Silio

September 26, 1931August 24, 2018

Jose Antonio Silio was a man of conviction. He believed in life, love and family. His story starts in Pinar de Rio, Cuba. Born in September 1931, as the oldest male child he worked hard to help his parents support seven siblings. He never was able to receive a proper education except from the school of hard knocks, he stressed to all that would listen, especially his family to get an education because no matter what happens in life no one can take that away from you.

In May of 1956 at the age of 24 he finally saw the opportunity to make a better life for himself. With the promise that his beloved would wait for him, he came to the United States. For two years he worked hard, learned the language. He returned to Cuba in 1958 to marry his promised bride, only to bring her back to his newly adopted country.

Jose and Catalina forged a sixty year marriage (a true partnership) through love and perseverance. Together they had three daughters and instilled in them the principles to live by; to never forget where you came from, to know who you are and to be true to yourself.

For Jose family was everything and that family came first. So while raising his own young family, he helped bring over his siblings, cousins, nephews and nieces from Cuba in order for them to be able to pursue a better life in the states for generations to come. He loved and adored them all. He was the rock and strength of the family, a true patriarch to all.

Throughout the years his own family grew, welcoming in son-in-laws and eight beautiful grandchildren. These grandchildren were his pride and joy, as they endearingly referred to him as Papa. He would always say he was blessed with the greatest wealth, which was the love of his family.

Jose was a man among men, he believed in helping all, not just family. He never met a stranger (only a person that has not yet become a friend). Jose was an honest and trusting soul. His mantra was to always be kind to everyone and give a helping hand and to never expect anything in return, for your kindness shall always be paid forward.

Jose loved life, family and friends to the fullest and will be truly missed by all.

Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st St. N., Seminole, FL 33776\727-391-0121.


  • Catalina (Bisbal) Silio, Wife
  • Maria Brown, Daughter
  • Maggie Post, Daughter
  • Josie Lund, Daughter
  • Mr. Silio also leaves behind eight grandchildren to cherish his memory.


  • Viewing Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, September 1, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, September 1, 2018

Jose Antonio Silio

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Maggie Post

October 17, 2018

Dear Dad,
I think of you often. I remember your words and smile. We were never rich but we were wealthy. Thank you for all that you have given me. I am who I am because of you and Mom. A greater gift I could not have asked for. You lived a long life and touched many people but in the end it is never enough. I will miss you, but know you are in a better place. Love Always, Mantequilla.

Mario family Rodriguez

September 1, 2018

Mis mas sinceras condolocencias ala familia de Don José . En especial a su esposa doña Catalina & hijas sin duda un gran ser humano. Siempre tenia unas hermosas palabras llenas de sabiduría y dando consejos siempre en los cortos años que lo conocí un gran ser humano siempre mirando por su familia y como el me comentó una vez la Familia,Trabajo y Salud son la riqueza que un ser humano puede tener... siempre dando palabras de aliento yo fui su jardinero lawn guy y lo recordaré que mi Dios padre lo tenga en su Santa gloria R.I.P Don José .

Teresita Bisbal

August 30, 2018

My family met Jose on 1968, when my parents and my five brothers came from Cuba to this wonderful country. On 1974 I married Jose’s brother in law (Antonio) at that moment I became part of his wonderful family. We had 3 beautiful children’s and Jose loved them like his own. You always will be in our hearts. RIP

Ody Perez

August 29, 2018

A great man.
One of a kind.
I truly cherished your knowledge and all your beautiful Life stories.
I thank you for sharing each and everyone one of them.
I Thank you for all your love.
You will forever live in my heart.

Liz Fernandez kuhlman

August 29, 2018

Joe you introduced me to “Red Wine “ Such wonderful memories growing up with your family. The gate you and my dad put in between our backyards - the sound of the dominos being shuffled -while the Fernandez girls and the Silio girls chatted thru the bedroom windows. Hope your having a nice glass of Red Wine right now and looking down realizing how much you are truly Loved. ❤️Salud

Dawn Centofonti

August 29, 2018

My son Corey Centofonti married Jose’s beautiful granddaughter Suki. My husband Jim and I were privledged to meet him and Catherine. He welcomed us into the family and his into heart. We were both so honored.
Jose was always smiling and making people at ease. We also learned we shared the same wedding anniversary date, January 1st. Every year we will remember that was their special day too.
Our sympathy to all the family, our prayers are always with you. God bless. Keep all your memories alive.

Maria Smith-Landa

August 29, 2018

My sisters and me grew up on Oliver Ave in Westbury NY next door to the Silio family. Both of our families had 3 daughters. Our parents were best friends so we shared many many memories, from all the fun bbq’s on Jose’s big brick bbq, talent shows we performed together even writing our own song, to spending every New Year’s Eve stuffing 12 grapes down our throats for good luck. Those were the best of times and all of you will always hold a special place in my heart. I know losing Jose is so hard since we lost our dad 27 years ago, I know how much it hurts. But hopefully knowing he is with my dad again, maybe playing some dominos, will make it a little easier. He is free of pain now and will always be your guardian angel. Liz, Annette and me are praying for all of you and will always love you guys with all our hearts. God bless always, your “ other “ sister, Maria

Familia Ramirez

August 27, 2018

Mis condolencias para la familia. Y que el Dios de todo consuelo le de paz en estos momentos difíciles. (2 Corintios 1:3,4)