Adam Dalmau, Bishop. Gregorio b. November 27, 1893 d. July 12, 1961 Roman Catholic Bishop. Valencia born Monsignor Gregorio Adam was ordained priest on December 21, 1916 by Msgr. Felipe Rincón González. Serving as parish priest at La Vitoria, Montalbán and successively at Ocumare del Tuy, he graduated in canon law in 1921. Named vicar of Valencia in 1922 while the city hoped to become a diocese, he was appointed pastor of San Juan en Caracas in 1937 before being elected later that year, the third bishop of the diocese of Valencia en Venezuela by Pope Pius XI...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Catedral de Valencia, Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela Plot: Presbiterio del Altar Mayor.
Alejandra, Mayra b. May 7, 1955 d. April 17, 2014 Actress. A regular presence in her country's media for 35 years, she is remembered for her numerous appearances on Venezuelan television soaps. Born Mayra Alejandra Rodriguez Lezema to a show business family, she finished high school at 17 and made her professional bow in the 1975 "Valentina", a series written by her mother, Ligia Lezema. Mayra was seen in "Angelica" and other television fare of the day and made her silver screen debut as a teenage Carmen in the 1978 musical drama "Carmen la...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cementerio del Este, La Guaira, Vargas, Venezuela
Angel, Jimmie (James Crawford) b. August 1, 1899 d. December 8, 1956 Aviator. Best known for discovering and naming Angel Falls in the Venezuelan jungle. Rising 3,212 feet above the jungle floor, it is the worlds tallest waterfall. A pilot with James Lindberg's Flying Circus, he flew to Venezuelan Guayana with James McCracken in search of a river filled with gold. Cause of death: Internal injuries from a plane accident Angel Falls Waterfall, Angel Falls, Bolivar, Venezuela Plot: His ashes were spread over the waterfall GPS coordinates: 33.0000000, 44.0000000 (hddd.dddd)
Bendayán, Amador b. November 11, 1920 d. August 4, 1989 Entertainer. In the 1950´s he gained popularity for his radio comedies "El Bachiller y Bartolo" and "La Bodega de la Esquina." He participated in several movies at Venezuela and Mexico. After his actor career Bendayán was the most popular Venezuelan television. figure thanks to the show "Sábado Sensacional" (1972 to 1989). (Bio by: 380W) Cementerio del Este, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela
Betancourt, Rómulo b. February 22, 1908 d. September 28, 1981 Venezuelan Political Leader, two times President of Venezuela (1945-48 and 1959-64.) Following a stormy career as leader of radical student groups, he founded in 1935 the ORVE, which later became the party Acción Democrática. In 1945 placed in power by a military coup, declared the universal suffrage, instituted social reforms, and secured for his country the 50% of the profits of petroleum explotation. Forced into exile in 1948, he came back ten years later and was elected president. In 1973...[Read More] (Bio by: 380W) Cementerio del Este, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela Plot: M-17-I-B
Blanco Fombona, Rufino b. June 17, 1874 d. October 16, 1944 Venezuelan poet, essayist and novelist, one of the leaders of Modernismo. Active in Venezuelan political affairs, he lived exiliated many years in Europe and contributed to spread the knowledge of Spanish American literature abroad. His poems, as the collection "Cantos de la Prisión y del Destierro" are better than his novels. Among his novels are "El Hombre de Hierro" and "El Hombre de Oro." Also a politician, during the II Spanish Republic, he was Governator of the Provinces of Almería (...[Read More] (Bio by: 380W) National Pantheon, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela
Bolívar, Simón b. July 24, 1783 d. December 17, 1830 Venezuelan born General. He was known as "El Libertador" (The Liberator) of northern South America, gaining the independence of Spanish colonies that became the countries of Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. He has also been called the "George Washington of South America." Born Simon Jose Antonio de la Santisima Trinidad Bolivar in Caracas, New Spain, in what is now Venezuela, he was the son of Don Juan Vicente Bolivar y Ponte, and Doña Maria de la Concepcion Palacios y...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) National Pantheon, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela
Boza Masvidal, Bishop. Eduardo Tomas b. September 18, 1915 d. March 16, 2003 Roman Catholic Bishop. A native of Camaguey, Eduardo Tomas Boza Masvidal received his education at the Lasallian college, the seminary and the University of Havana, and was ordained priest in February 1944. After briefly serving as vicar co-operator of the parish of San Salvador of El Cerro, he was professor at the seminary of Havana and parish priest of San Luis de Madruga and successively of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad of Havana. The first Cuban to become rector of St. Thomas of Villanova...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Catedral de San Felipe Neri, Los Teques, Miranda, Venezuela Plot: Cathedral Crypt.
Caldera, Rafael b. January 24, 1916 d. December 24, 2009 President of Venezuela. Orphaned at an early age, he was adopted by wealthy Catholic relatives, through whom he was able to study at a Jesuitical school in Caracas and later at the university. There he obtained a doctorate in laws and political sciences. While still a student he became involved in politics, and in 1946 he was a co-founder of the Christian-Democratic party (COPEI). He was unsuccessful as the party's candidate in the 1947, 1958 and 1963 presidential elections, but eventually...[Read More] (Bio by: 380W) Cementerio del Este, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela
Carrasquel, Alfonso b. January 23, 1928 d. May 26, 2005 Major League Baseball Player. Best known as shortstop-playing "Chico" Carrasquel. He was the first Latin-American All Star in major league history (1951). He became the third Venezuelan to play in the majors. In 1951 he broke an American League record by taking 297 chances (in 53 games played) without an error. In a 10-season career he was a .258 hitter with 55 home runs and 474 RBI in 1325 games. (Bio by: 380W) Cementerio del Este, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela
Carreño, Teresa b. December 22, 1853 d. June 12, 1917 Celebrated Venezuelan pianist conductor, singer and composer. She was a musician of great power and spirit, known to her public as the "Walkyrie of the piano." Her career was especially successful in Germany where she lived and taught for more than thirty years. She wrote many compositions for piano and one String Quartet in B Minor. (Bio by: 380W) National Pantheon, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela
Carrero, Hilda b. December 26, 1951 d. February 28, 2002 Actress. She began her career participating in Miss Venezuela 1973, finishing as 3rd finalist. Well known in Latin America and USA for her main roles in soap operas like "Angélica," "Emilia," "Las Amazonas," "El Sol Sale para Todos" and many others. (Bio by: 380W) Cause of death: Cancer Cementerio del Este, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela Plot: 27-640-IV-A
Castillo Lara, Cardinal. Rosalio José b. September 4, 1922 d. October 16, 2007 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A nephew of Msgr. Lucas Guillermo Castillo, former Archbishop of Caracas, Rosalio José Castillo Lara SDB., was born on September 4, 1922, in San Casimiro de Güiripa and joining the Pious Society of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Bogotá, Colombia, he underwent studies at the Salesian houses of study in Colombia, the Salesian Athenaeum of Turin and the University of Bonn, Germany. Ordained priest by his uncle on September 4, 1949 in Caracas, he was immediately named...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Santuario de María Auxiliadora, Aragua, Venezuela Plot: Capilla San José.
Chávez, Hugo b. July 28, 1954 d. March 5, 2013 52nd president of Venezuela. Chavez attended the Venezuelan military academy and served as an army officer before participating in an effort to overthrow the government of Carlos Andres Perez in 1992, along with other disenchanted members of the military. The coup failed and Chávez spent two years in prison before being pardoned. He eventually became president of Venezuela in 1999. Early into his presidency, he created a new constitution for the country, which included changing its name to the...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) El Museo Histórico Militar de Caracas, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela
Chimaras, Yanis b. August 1, 1955 d. April 24, 2007 Actor. Born Juan Andrés Yanis Chimaras Maury, he was one of the most popular Venezuelan actors of the 1980s and 1990s, and well known in all Latin America for his roles in television soap operas. He appeared in more than 20 soap operas, including "Luisana Mía", "Elizabeth", "La Salvaje", "Piel", "Amantes de Luna Llena", and "Ciudad Bendita", among others. He also participated in nine movies like "Cangrejo", "Colt Comando 5.57", "Retén de Catia", "Amaneció de Golpe" and others. Death...[Read More] (Bio by: 380W) Cementerio del Este, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela
De Miranda, Gen. Francisco [memorial] b. March 28, 1750 d. July 14, 1816 Military Figure. He is considered "the forerunner of the American Emancipation" against the Spanish Empire. Known as "The First Universal Venezuelan" and "The most universal American", was a participant of the Independence of the United States, the French Revolution and later of Independence of Venezuela, being the leader of the "Patriotic Side" and Head of the First Republic of Venezuela, as Plenipotentiary Dictator and Supreme Chief of States of Venezuela. He fought on three continents: as...[Read More] (Bio by: Errete) National Pantheon, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela Plot: Monument for General Francisco de Miranda
Delgado Chalbaud, Carlos b. January 20, 1909 d. November 13, 1950 Venezuelan Statesman. He served as President of Venezuela from 1948 to 1950. Born in Caracas into a military family, he was raised in Paris from age four while his father, General Ramon Delgado Chalbaud, spent 14 years in prison for opposing the dictatorship of Juan Vicente Gomez. In 1929 he joined his father and an army of Venezuelan exiles in attempting to seize the port city of Cumana, the first step of a planned overthrow of the Gomez regime; the invasion failed and the General was killed...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Caracas Southern General Cemetery, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela
Díaz, Simón '"Tío Simón"' b. August 8, 1928 d. February 19, 2014 Singer, composer, comedian and T.V. Host. He dedicated his entire life to promote and recover the folklore and tradition of the Venezuelan plains (the "llanos"). He composed many songs that become hits like "Caballo Viejo" and "Bamboleo". His compositions has been performed by Plácido Domingo, Celia Cruz, Julio Iglesias, Ray Coniff and many others. In 2008 he won the Latin Grammy Award (Lifetime Achievement Award.) (Bio by: 380W) Cementerio del Este, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela