On Friday September 30, 2011 at 9:45 a.m., surrounded by his continuously vigilant family, Armido “Nunie” Filidei, Jr. was reunited in heaven with the love of his life, Juanita, for all eternity.
Born January 30, 1929, Nunie proudly raised his family and lived a long and fruitful life on beautiful Galveston Island. As a young man, he took over his father’s business delivering ice across the Island and was fondly referred to as the “Ice Man.” In 1983 Nunie retired from his job as a longshoreman with ILA Local 307. His later years were spent building numerous shrimp boats and working on various carpentry projects. Nunie and his son, Paul, built three large shrimp boats that were always a topic of local conversation. The most famous, “The Ark,” a 50-ft. shrimp boat, sits proudly beside his home. On a daily basis you could catch Nunie walking along the seawall, often stopping to visit with locals and tourists alike. He loved driving around his beloved Island, cruising along the seawall, over to The Yacht Basin, through the docks and to the marina, often ending with a cup of coffee at the Donut Palace. Nunie also enjoyed Thursday evening breakfasts with his daughter Eva, afternoon talks with his son Armido, and living vicariously through the adventures of his son Leon.
Nunie is preceded in death by Juanita, his one true love and wife of 42 years; his parents Antoniette and Armido Filidei, Sr.; siblings, Delores and Dan Durant, Robert, Ray, Leon and Lolly, and Deedee; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Weona and Bill Johnson, Tiny and Dolly Hern, Buster Robinson, Evie Daniels, and Joe Hern; his son-in-law, Robert H. Cavazos; nephews, Billy Johnson and Johnny Filidei; niece and God daughter, Loneta Robinson; and dear friend, Rose Lee Kahla. He is survived by sister, Carmen Norris, brother-in-law and wife, Harvey and Marie Hern, and sister-in-law, “Honey” Robinson. Nunie also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends, including Sam Stathakos, childhood neighbor and fellow longshoreman, who would become family through the marriage of their grandchildren.
Forever holding him in their hearts are children, Armido Filidei, III, and wife, Linda; Eva Cavazos; Leon Filidei and wife Robin; and Paul Filidei and girlfriend, Debbie Payne. Nothing was more important to Nunie than being a Paw Paw to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren — Dana Phillips Leach; Robert Clint Cavazos; Katherine and Stewart Stathakos and sons, Cayden, Carson, and Cooper; April and Ryan Womack and son, Brody, and twins due in March; Amber Filidei and sons, Dylan Puccetti and Logan Nance, and husband, Christopher Nance; Summer Rae and Joshua Chapman and children, Karlee, Jake, and Julia; Amanda Cavazos; Christopher Filidei; Matthew Vera; Dustin Hughes; Candice and Thomas Ennis and daughter Valerie Rose.
Being a quiet man, Nunie requested that a simple service be held to honor his life. The family will receive visitors from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 3, 2011, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, with a memorial service beginning at 7:00 p.m. led by nephew, Bob Hern. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with a graveside service following at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers are sons, Armido III, Leon, and Paul Filidei; grandsons, Clint Cavazos and Christopher Filidei; and nephews, Larry Poe, Don Filidei and Robert Filidei Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Hern, James Kimling, Jimmy Johnson, Ben Robinson, Claude Robinson, Kenneth Brown, David Hern, Joshua Chapman, Christopher Nance, Stewart Stathakos, and Ryan Womack.
The family would like to thank all employees of AMED Hospice, with a special thank you to his loving nurses, Ranay, Sue, H.L., Mary, Rene and Wayland. In lieu of flowers and in respect for Nunie’s love for children, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, Texas Children’s Hospital, 6621 Fannin St., Houston, TX 77030 or Shriners Hospital for Children – Galveston, 815 Market St., Galveston, TX 77550-9969.
“We are as near to heaven by sea as by land.” –Sir Humphrey Gilbert