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Gonzalez Funeral Home

7209 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL

OBITUARY

Yoan "Papo" Manuel Hernandez

January 9, 1998August 13, 2019

Yoan "Papo" Manuel Hernandez was born on January 9, 1998 in Tampa, Florida and passed away on August 13, 2019 in Tampa, Florida .

Services

17 August

Visitation (Velorio)

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gonzalez Funeral Home

7209 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33614

18 August

Graveside Service (Entierro)

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Gonzalez Funeral Home

7209 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33614

18 August

Committal Service (Entierro)

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Garden of Memories

4207 E LAKE AVE
TAMPA, FL 33610

Memories

Yoan "Papo" Manuel Hernandez

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Alexandra Piovesan

August 16, 2019

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August 16, 2019

Julia Parchuke

August 16, 2019

Alexandra Piovesan

August 16, 2019

Alexandra Piovesan

August 16, 2019

Alexandra Piovesan

August 16, 2019

Alexandra Piovesan

August 16, 2019

Alexandra Piovesan

August 16, 2019

Alexandra Piovesan

August 16, 2019

Alexandra Piovesan

August 16, 2019

FROM THE FAMILY

January 9, 1998. My beautiful baby boy <3

FROM THE FAMILY

My world, so fragile yet so strong

FROM THE FAMILY

"chubby cheeks"

FROM THE FAMILY

1st year B-day!

FROM THE FAMILY

Always smiling :-)

FROM THE FAMILY

Handsome boy!

FROM THE FAMILY

La carita of "it wasn't me" lol

FROM THE FAMILY

Big brother love <3

FROM THE FAMILY

Always helping mommy

FROM THE FAMILY

"Just giving you love grandma."

Biography

“Anything is possible.” That is what Yoan Manuel Hernandez believed about life. He was a creative man, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. "Papo" thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. "Papo" was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.

      "Papo" was born on January 9, 1998 at St Joseph Hospital in Tampa, Florida. His parents were Yoan Hernandez and Francisca Perdomo. "Papo" was raised in Tampa, Florida. He showed his ingenuity even as a child. When he was confronted with a problem, "Papo" could develop an imaginative solution, and he derived satisfaction from knowing he had that ability.

      This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on "Papo"'s family relationships. "Papo" was raised with two siblings. He had one older sister, Ashley, and two younger brothers, Joshua and Yordani. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, "Papo" was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.

      As a young boy, "Papo" could be found building and inventing new and different things. He was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. "Papo" took part in baseball, baskeball, hacky sack, and snow boarding. He played for North Tampa Pony Baseball from the age of 8- 15 years old, then he continued to play baseball in high school. In his spare time he played Forza and Call of duty. He collected Pokemon and baseball cards and read all sorts of books. Papo's memorable achievements included getting honor roll thought out his elementary school years.

      "Papo" was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around him. Always interested in his friends’ activities and interests, "Papo" was uncritical of his acquaintances. He was sought after by people who recognized that he was generous with his time and energy, and these same friends found "Papo" to be very stimulating company. "Papo"'s humor and curiosity were contagious for those around him. While growing up, some of his friends were Alex,TJ, DJ, Marco, Chachi, Justin, Chanchi and Shannon (cousins), Bianca D, and many more. He remained very close with Alex, DJ, TJ, Christian T, his cousin Shannon, and many more.

      As a born inventor, "Papo" was definitely in his element in his work place. He could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. "Papo" was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. He could assess all of the options before him and, using his analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. His personal initiative inspired those around him. "Papo" was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to the appropriate person. His primary occupation was a Painter. He was self employed and worked with his dad mostly doing AC, all types of maintenance, and flipping homes. "Papo" always made an effort to be a team player, doing what needed was necessary in order to get the job done.

      "Papo"'s passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for him. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since "Papo" was always searching for new and unusual activities, he developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things he became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew him, but most friends and family understood that "Papo" simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. His favorite pursuit were CARS. Papo loved one car specifically, and he spent almost all of his income rebuilding his 2001 BMW.

      "Papo"'s demeanor and eternally positive outlook served him well in sports. In high school, Papo played Baseball. Recreational sports included Men's League Baseball. "Papo" was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Top on his list was watching the NY Yankees Baseball games.

      Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued "Papo". Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for "Papo" to expand his ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favorite vacations included snow boarding inTennessee.

      "Papo" was an animal lover and cherished his pets. "Papo"'s favorites were Puchie and Cosita- Lhasa Apso, Prince-Dachshund. They were his best fur friends for years Puchie- 8 years. Cosita- 15 yrs, Prince- 8 yrs (both are with mom).

      "Papo" passed away on August 13, 2019 at Advent Health Carrollwood- North Tampa. Papo suddenly and unexpectedly left his family and friends. He is survived by his parents Yoan and Francisca, sister Ashley, and brothers Joshua and Yordani. Services were held at Gonzalez Funeral Home. Papo was laid to rest in Tampa Garden of Memories.

      During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to "Papo". He met the words “IT CAN'T BE DONE” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “WANNA BET” attitude. "Papo" was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around him could not. For "Papo", the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Yoan Manuel Hernandez, the fun of living his life could be found in the challenge. You will truly be missed "PAPI".