A. Jose Vinagres, 80, of Biddeford passed away on January 22, 2020 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine after a long illness. Jose was born on February 10, 1939 in the province of Camagüey, Cuba where he was raised and educated before coming to the United States. Jose was preceded in death by his father Judge Jose Cruz Vinagre, his mother Zoila America Herrera, and his step-mother Celia Maria Borroto, all of Cuba.
Jose is survived by his life partner of 42 years, Joe Hardacre, of Biddeford, his loving brother , Captain Eduardo G. Vinagre, USN (Ret), his sister-in-law Eileen W. Vinagre, and their children Jennifer, Laura, Victoria, Edward, and grandchildren. He is also sadly missed by his extended Hardacre family, Frank, Russ, John and his wife Lynne, Joan Mercier, Cathy Zappala, Judy Shepley and her husband Bill and many nieces, nephews and long-time friends.
While growing up in Cuba, Jose enjoyed and participated in the social, cultural and sports amenities of the city. He also prized his time at the family farm out of town, among the sugar cane fields, water activities in the river, horses, and the orange groves. He was part of an extensive group of friends who shared time together and supported each other. Upon graduation from high school, he began Engineering studies at the University of Havana. As political instability grew on the Island in the 1950’s, he transferred to Wesley Junior College in Dover, Delaware. After completing his Associate program his uncles and aunts in the New York City area encouraged him to move closer, where he enrolled in New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. There he graduated and received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1965. During his professional life Jose worked in prestigious firms, including the Bechtel Corporation, in the fields of energy generation/transmission, and international industrial construction. In his constructive leisure endeavors Jose enjoyed landscape and ceramic painting and creating beautiful designs in stained glass.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Hospice of Southern Maine. Gifts may be mailed to HSM at 180 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074, or made online at www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org/give.
A private gathering will be held in the summer to celebrate Jose’s beautiful and full life.
Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route 1 Suite 1, Scarborough ME 04074