Nveoember 1934 August 29, 1996
9 uemral Services
A10oday, September 2nd, 1996
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Service 11: 30 am
John Chomas Memorial Chapel
Jfterment at Mafolie Cemetery
re lS, Th Colmcttas
St Thomas. VA.
A ario Picayo
Mario Picayo was born in Havana, Cuba, November 8,1934.
An early talent for music was never fulfilled and instead he studied
business administration at the University of Havana. He used to say: "My
father supported his family from the time he was 13, and my mother
worked since she was 12; from them I learned the value of hard work."
In 1966 he left Cuba for the United States. He lived in New York with
his wife, 3 children and his 12 year old brother-in-law.
He moved to Puerto Rico in 1967 and worked in the )ewelry business
and in his fields of accounting and business administration. In October of
1975 he moved to St Thomas with "no money and a dream" as his son
Mario Jr. said. He founded with two partners Bared Jewelers of the VI Inc.
One partner had the money, the other two had talent and determina-
tion. The company that they founded went on to become one of the most
important duty free retail operations in the Virgin Islands, with stores in
St Thomas and St. Croix, among them, the four Bolero stores, C & M
Caron, Le Must de Cartier Boutique, the Perume Palace and the Liquor
He was a well liked boss, whom many of his employees called "Pappy."
A quiet, reserved man, Mario was not a public figure, but he was well
known by political and business leaders in the Territory. A Republican
who contributed generously to his Party, Mario also counted among his
friends many Democrats, among them Senator and 1972 presidential
candidate George McGoven, and Ambassador Hepry Kimmelman.
An old and close friend of Governor Roy L Schneider, Mario was a
trusted advisor during both gubernatorial campaigns. Last year Gover-
nor Schneider named him Senior Advisor for Financial Affairs.
In 1980 he married Lydia Quetel of St Thomas. Together they contrib-
uted generously to many organizations, especially those connected to
health and education.
Mario was a true gentleman in the old sense of the word, a man of
honor who believed and trusted his fellow men, a caring, gentle beautiful
He dies without an enemy in the world.
Lydia Gloria Picayo
Mario Picayo Jr., Jes6s E. Picayo,
Joe~ M. Picayo, Jorge Luis Rivera,
Robert M. Picayo
Carmen G. Caraballo
Nilda Calvo, Nydia Picayo
Pablo C. Picayo, Rose Lynn Rivera,
Cristina L. Picayo, Jorge L. Rivera Jr.,
Marcos G. Rivera, Alina F. Picayo,
Gabriela A. Picayo, Javier E. Picayo,
DAUGHTERS -IN- LAW
Carla A. Picayo, Kasey Picayo,
Marie Rose Rivera
Order of Service
OPENING PRAYER ............... His Excellency Elliott G.Thomas
Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands
PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS ......... .................. Robert Picayo
ORACION DE SAN FRANCISCO DE ASIS ......... Sonia Rivera-Vald6s
HOMILY ............................... Bishop Elliott G. Thomas
EULOGY ................... His Excellency, Roy L Schneider, M.D.
Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands
THANK YOU ................................... Picayo Family
FINAL BLESSING AND COMMENDATION
Mario Picayo Jr., Jose M. Picayo, JesCs E. Picayo, Jorge L Rivera,
Robert M. Picayo, Pablo C. Plcayo, Jose Picayo, Ricardo Picayo,
Manuel Cao, Governor Roy L Schneider
Ambassador Terence Todman
Ambassador Henry L Kimmelman
Dr. Vicente Poblete
Dr. Jose Poblete
Dr. Boniface Abba
First Lady Barbara Schneider
Dr. Maria Juelle
Dr. Eva Poblete
Dr. Clara Picayo
Marie Rose Rivera
OH th pssiw ofMiario Picyo Sr.
His 8xaellncy, koyCI Sckhdder
Qowrnor of the Virgin JIs Utds
On behalf of all of the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands, I extend our
deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Mario Picayo, Sr.
Mario made the Virgin Islands his home for the past twenty-one years
and as a businessman was the kind of corporate citizen that any commu-
nity would love to have as a partner.
Mario contributed of his resources and personal involvement to many
community organizations, particularly those involving education and
health care. He believed in the dignity and honor of all human beings.
My family and myself feel a special loss because Mario was an unusual,
faithful and forever dependable friend. His word was his honor and he
was always there during times of joy and moments of sorrow. Nothing
was too great for Mario to share with those around him. His brillance in
financial affairs always amazed me and I valued his sound advice and
unselfishly given wisdom.
Mario Picayo was like my blood brother for we had so much in com-
mon family love, pride in our offspring, love for our fellowman,
optimism for greatness in the future and abiding faith in God. We will
miss Mario, but our wonderful memories will live on with exceeding joy,
and thankful to the Almighty for sharing his sojourn with grateful friends.
Our thoughts and our profound wish is for our God to shower his
blessings on Mario's family, particularly the young ones. As we bid
farewell to this special human being, we herald the accomplishments
during his lifetime of immense sacrifice, hard work with resulting worthy
rewards, and certain that he has attained a seat next to our Master.
Barbara and all of our families join me in asking the Almighty to
spread His arms'of love around the Picayo family as they go through this
difficult period in all of their lives.
rmesWa&rig my father
My father was born in Havana, Cuba in 1934.
There are two stories that tell us about his early ambitions. As a young
boy he loved music and one day decided "I want to be a pianist"
When he told his family about his desire to be a pianist what he got
was mocking and a brief scolding. By way of explanation they told him
that "real men" did not become pianists. A shy, sensitive boy, I am sure it
broke his heart.
The next time they asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up
he answered, "I want to be a millionaire" and everybody approved.
And so it was that my father's ambition shifted and his fate took
He became a successful businessman. He never learned to play the
piano, but he did have a beautiful Steinway at home.
There is another story from his childhood that I remember. One after-
noon he and his friends were having a game of stick ball in the streets of
Havana. It was my father's turn at bat As he was getting ready to bat he
noticed that the pitcher, instead of pitching, started to run away, and so
did everyone in the infield and the outfield. Everyone was running. My
father did not understand what was going on until he looked behind him
and saw a cop who was ready to grab him. Playing stick ball in the street
was illegal, and so the cop grabbed my father, the stick, the ball and
began walking with him towards the police station.
As they walked they heard a voice, "Olga!, Hey, said the voice, it was
a young boy, my father's age, another player and a good friend of my
Dad. "I was playing too, and if you take him you'll have to take me with
him". The policeman grabbed the boy with his left arm and walked them
both to the police station.
They both spent hours in jail, their parents had to go and get them. A
few days later they went to trial for playing stick ball in the street.
For my father this act of friendship defined the term friend. He told me
the story many times.
He was old fashioned like that.
Honor, friendship, courage were of great importance to him.
When I think of my father this is what I think about
I think of him as the frustrated musician, the brilliant businessman that
came from Cuba without a penny and became the millionaire he said he
would become and I think of him as a man of values and principles.
He was also generous beyond belief.
I think of him as the man who was always at work when I was a kid
and whom my brothers and I really began to know in our early teens.
My dad taught me how to drive, explained politics to me, and intro-
duced me to sports and to the importance of understanding money.
He was a friend and an inspiration.
And he was liked by everyone.
I will miss him greatly. There was a lot more for him to do, and a lot
more for all of us to learn and enjoy from his company.
MArio Picyo Jr.
I have learned a lot from my dad during the 15 years that I have spent
with him. He taught me consideration and respect for other people along
with generosity. When I think about my dad I think of a brilliant, caring,
generous and funny man. To many, he might have appeared to be a
serious businessman, which he was, but he also had a great sense of
I remember our last vacation which was to the Dominican Republic.
We had a great time. One day I was watching my dad play ping pong
against my brothers. I was amazed at how good he was. He had so many
I owe my dad so much for what he has brought to my life and for
helping me become the person that I am. I will miss him always, but Im
greatful for the wonderful memories he has left behind.
I love you dad.
L0dia Glords Piaro
I remember my grandfather as a very generous man. He was always
taking us on trips. rm talking about the whole family and he was just
always being nice to you. I happen to know that he was a pleasant man.
Just sweet. He never wanted anyone to worry about him, and always
insisted that he carry his own things.
It never took very much to make him happy, but he loved to see
everybody in good cheer especially his daughter Lydia Gloria. He loved
to see all his family happy. He always liked seeing everybody smile.
Pipo was so nice he has many friends in business as well as personal.
That was basically how I remember my grandfather as good-natured
Our whole family
would like to express its gratitude
to the m/an friends aid relatives
who have offered their sympathy,
support and love.
A special debt of gratitude
to /vofne hoamas,
for so many years of friendship.
Our frireds and relatives will be welcome
after the interment
at 3SA Zabor a iaarmon y.
The Picayo Family
/ lieu of flowers
pleas send donations
to the Alario Picayo 'und
oy SchIeidderi hospital
48 Estate Thomas
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802
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