Jose R. Amill was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of "stick to it" attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.
He was the son of Evaristo Amill and Josefina Rodriguez. Jose was born and raised in Patillas, Puerto Rico.
Jose was raised with fourteen siblings. He had David, Andrea, Lidia, Cecilia, Freddie, Aida, Miriam, Lucy, Ricardo, Rosa, Eli, Enrique, Armando and Norberto. Jose was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.
As a young boy, Jose had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Jose's memorable achievements included caring for his two sisters. However, to Jose, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.
On March 31, 1969 Jose exchanged wedding vows with Victoria Castillo-Martinez at the Manatee County Court House in Bradenton, Florida. Empathic and loyal, Jose was committed to making his new family happy.
Jose worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Jose was blessed with five children. One son, Jose and four daughters, Josie, Vickie, Iris and Yuri. Another blessing for Jose was the gift of three grandchildren, Robert-Jose, Ricardo and Jose.
Fortunately, Jose enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Jose worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was Agriculture. He was employed for more than 25 years at Liewald's Nursery on Snead Island, Florida. Jose always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.
Jose enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were fishing, going to see live wrestling matches and he loved to watch boxing matches. He also loved to build and do mechanical work. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.
Jose found pleasure in sports. Jose was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so. At the top of his list was boxing matches.
Jose enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included trips to Puerto Rico.
Jose was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Rocky, a Saint Bernard dog. They were best friends for 10 years.
When Jose's retirement finally arrived in 2000, he was well prepared. He retired to his family home in Palmetto, Florida. In retirement, he found pleasure in staying active in the plant industry and continued reconstructing his home in his spare time. Even in retirement, Jose continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Jose was active in his new community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.
Jose passed away on December 21, 2009 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida. He is survived by his children, Josie, Vickie, Iris, Jose and Yuri; eight sisters and five brothers. Services were held at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Jose was laid to rest in Mansion Memorial Park in Ellenton, Florida.
Simply stated, Jose was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Jose leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Jose R. Amill.