Erasmo Terry Gonzalez
February 3, 1960 – July 4, 2013
Erasmo Terry Gonzalez was hired by Roscioli Yachting Center, Inc., on December 27, 2000 and worked for nearly thirteen years as a laborer cleaning propellers. His voyage here to the United States on a raft from Cuba was an adventure. He wanted to experience the freedom that our great country has to offer like so many other immigrants that arrived here who also work at Roscioli Yachting Center.
Over the years, Terry had the drive to succeed and worked hard for the opportunities of this free country. He also strived to be the best at what he did. After five years of working in the bottom crew, which consisted of hauling and launch, bottom painting, sanding and sandblasting, he became a great leader and his crew of seven respected and enjoyed working for this exemplary employee. He was a leader from the front.
Several months ago, Terry informed us that he was having stomach problems. The company arranged for him to see one of our specialists for a complete physical. We soon learned that Terry was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in the liver area. When Terry revealed to us his test results, he said there was nothing to worry about because he was strong and powerful and there would be no problem. After months of chemotherapy and the tumor shrinking, we soon learned the cancer had metastasized to his bones.
Terry still tried to work and lead while undergoing chemotherapy. When Mr. Roscioli went to visit him at his home and asked him “when will you be returning to work”, his reply was “I’ll be back in one week”.
Terry lost his brave fight and passed away at his home on Thursday, July 4, 2013.
From The Roscioli Team.