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Arnaldo L.  Vargas

Arnaldo L. Vargas

Wednesday, September 5th, 1928 - Monday, August 5th, 2019
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Arnaldo Lorenzo Vargas, 90, of New Britain, CT. passed away peacefully Monday August 5, 2019. Born in Lajas, Cuba on September 5, 1928 being one of thirteen siblings from the late Gustavo Vargas Gonzalez and the late Eleuteria Llanes Morales. Arnaldo played professional baseball in the Sugar-Mill league in Cuba. He was very good friends of Martin Dihigo and Manuel “Cocaina” Garcia, both distinguished and outstanding hall of famers of Cuba and the Negro League. Arnaldo played with major leaguers such as Roman Mejias and Jose “The Train” Tartabull. He was also cousin to Cookie Rojas of the Kansas City Royals. Arnaldo “La Rata” Vargas, as he was called, earned his fame throughout central Cuba pitching successfully against such major league players of that time, such as Orestes “Minnie” Minoso and Joe Azcue. The Washington Senators offered a contract to start in their minor league system for $125.00 a month, instead he chose to earn better wages and came to New Britain, Conn. Known as the “Hardware City” at that time. Arnaldo met the love of his life, the late Huga Cruz Pascual and were married within six months for forty-three years. He worked in several factories such as Landers, Corbin, and as they closed finally retiring from Fafnir Bearing in 1990. Arnaldo also retired playing hardball in 1993 ending with a .269 batting average. He was the only honorary Cuban member of the Puerto Rican Society Club where he enjoyed spending his weekends doing his other favorite hobby, playing domino’s. Arnaldo played with passion and he played very well as his seventy-four plus trophies will attest to.

Arnaldo is survived by his son Arnaldo L. Vargas, Jr. of New Britain, CT, his daughter Mayra Dube and her husband John of Southington, CT, his three sisters Silvia Gertrudis Gonzalez Vargas of Long Island, Gloria Vargas of Canary Island and Maria Herlinda Vargas of Florida, his granddaughter Darian Dube of Southington, CT, his grandson Eric A. Vargas, his nephew Edward Vargas and sister-in-law Zunilda Vargas all of New Britain, CT and sister-in-law Zenaida Vargas of California.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Liturgy of Christian Burial Friday, August 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Joachim Parish Church of Saint Mary Church, 544 Main St., New Britain, CT. There are no calling hours. Committal service and final resting place will be in St. Mary Cemetery, 1141 Stanley St., New Britain, CT. Service of Comfort and Compassion provided by the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT. To extend condolences to the Vargas family or to share a memory of Arnaldo, please visit SHAKERFUNERALHOME.COM
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    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Mary Church
    544 Main Street
    new britain, CT 06051
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    Rev. Israel Rivera
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    St. Mary Cemetery
    1141 Stanley Street
    NEW BRITAIN, CT 06051
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karen drost

Posted at 02:09pm
To Eric and his family.
our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Pete Zbrozek

Posted at 11:23am
I would like to send the entire Vargas family my deepest condolences. Arnoldo was my mentor at Fafnir's back in 1974, when I got my first full time summer job there while I was attending college. He taught me so well that when he got promoted in a few weeks, I was the new go to person on the tumble barrel operation, but he was always around if I needed his expertise. He was the most popular employee in the department and any friend of his was treated well including myself. One day we started to talk about baseball at work And he told me about playing ball in Cuba and the plays that he played with that became stars here in the states. I was playing pick up baseball on Sundays in the park and invited him to play with us. He showed up the very first Sunday ready to play. After being teased by younger players about being my grandfather, he doubled in his first at bat and lead us in hitting the rest of the way, never the less he quieted the comments made about his age. Arnoldo always encouraged me to play the best I could, his greatest compliment to to me was when ever I a steal a base or score from second base on a single he would yell "that's how we play in Cuba" , I loved to hear that. On fly balls hit to the outfield, I never had to call the other outfielders off because you could hear Arnoldo yell loudly, "pedaaaaa", he was sure that I would catch it. Nobody ever love the game more then him! We last played ball together in the 90's in The Men's senior league, even though he had now retired from work he was still playing the game he loved. He was still hard to strike-out and could lay down a sac bunt with anyone (something that most players in the majors can't do today). Finally in closing thanks for being my great friend through all these years, never forgetting to send me a Christmas card with a friendly message. I will always remember you fondly, good my amigo there a place in heaven waiting for a good man like your self, a great friend father and family man. Thanks for every thing.

Your amigo Pete (Pedaaa)

Mayra Dube Posted at 10:56pm

Pete, my father always spoke of you! Always! He loved playing ball with you. I wish I knew how to contact you as he always spoke of fondley and often about when you guys played together. He absolutely NEVER forgot! Mayra 860-690-7779 call me anytime!

The Vargas Family

Posted at 02:05pm
You will be missed Tio Rata. Rest in Peace. Love from your nephew, Gus, and the Vargas clan in California.
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