Sunday, November 1, 2020

¡Justo!

Earth Cries... Heaven Smiles
Justo Lopez
1939-2020
The world has lost a great human.
It is with tremendous sadness we share with you the passing of JUSTO
 

Martha Oneida Pèrez Cortès - Havana Cuba
President of  Sociedad Civil Patrimonio, Comunidad y Medio Ambiente
Triste noticia, pero lo recordaremos siempre como refleja la fotografìa, alegre, dispuesto a apoyar y amante de los animales.
(Sad news, but we will always remember him as reflected in the photograph, cheerful, supportive and a lover of animals.)
A dear friend and Team Spanky family member since 2006.
I was first introduced to Justo in 2006 by Profesora Amparo Lopez. She headed up the Dulce Maria Loynaz group. They were an animal welfare working group at the University of Havana and one of Spanky Project's first collaborations. Justo, her cousin, joined us in a deworming session at one of the university garages.
Justo tried his best to coax the dogs into eating dry kibble.
Justo tried his best to coax the dogs into eating kibble
His charm, grace and passion was evident that first meeting.
Since then we were family. He would call me "Primo" in our emails.
The Spanky Project has seen many come and go. 
Justo was a constant and will forever be in our hearts.
 
He was "Our Man in Havana"
The calming presence at the registration desk for nervous caregivers.

The greeter of generous travellers donating supplies.

Translator, comedian, singer...
The biggest Doris Day fan in all of Cuba.
'I've learned that people will forget what you said, 
people will forget what you did,
 but people will never forget how you made them feel.'
- Maya Angelou
Erni Alvarez Gonzalez- Trinidad Cuba
Oficina del Conservador de Trinidad y su Valle de los Ingenios.
"Lamentable pérdida para el equipo Spanky.
 EPD amigo Justo en Trinidad siempre te recordaremos."
(Sad loss for the Spanky team.
 RIP friend Justo in Trinidad we will always remember you.)

Fiona Jane Wilson- Trinidad, Cuba
Oh, so sad. An absolute gentleman. Much loved by all of us at 
What a loss for the Spanky community.

Aytekin Yilmazer - Vienna Austria
"Oh nooo 😢
He was just a nice guy, always friendly and smiling.
He will be missed" 

Dr.Michael Belovich - Toronto Canada

Spanky Project Medical Director - Owner Yonge Street Animal Hospital
"To be so kind and so generous after having lived through

 such harsh time.
He is such an inspiration.I wish more people could learn from him."


Elena Nordby- Trinidad Cuba
Oficina del Conservador de Trinidad y su Valle de los Ingenios.
"Mi más sentido pésame a su familia,cuanto siento esa gran persona,
lo extrañaremos muchos en las campañas EPD"
(My deepest condolences to his family,
how much I feel that great person, 
we will miss him very much in the campaigns RIP)
Holding "court" in Trinidad

Maître d' at our 15th Anniversary party.

We now offer a photo montage of our dear Justo.

OH!
Did we mention singer?
Justo in fine form.
JUSTO!
We love you!
¡Adios Primo!