2018-03-21 / Obituaries

Joaquín Farnós

Joaquín Farnós, a long-term summer resident of Margaretville, died the morning of February 19, 2018 in Glenview, IL. He was a prior resident of New York City and worked at the International Herald Tribune and later The New York Times.

Joaquín had been unwell for quite some time, his slow deterioration the result of side effects caused by radiation and chemotherapy treatment for tonsillar cancer. He was 62 years old and a cancer survivor for 11 years. He lived a full life and was about as loyal a friend, son, brother, and uncle as you could ever find.

He buried too many friends to AIDS, too many friends that died alone. Unfortunately, he also was by himself in his apartment when he passed although his beloved miniature pinscher, Dizzy, was by his side. Nonetheless, his family finds comfort in knowing he is not suffering anymore. So many times Joaquín had been on the edge of death, yet soldiered through, that in a way led them to believe he might never go.

His wishes were to be cremated and have his ashes spread between “La Bahia de Boquerón,” Mayaguez, PR and “Michael’s Cabin” on Rainbow Hill Rd, Margaretville, NY. In La Bahia de Boquerón, he spent many days in the late 60’s waterskiing, fishing, and laughing. As an adult, “The Cabin” became his refuge, his place of solace and rejuvenation; he loved gardening; prettying up the place. He enjoyed nature and visiting all the stores in Margaretville, Andes, and other Catskills locations.

Joaquín considered himself a Puerto Rican born in Cuba. Many of his dearest friends are from those long ago days in PR. His adopted family were those in NYC; Michael, Rory, Henry, Claire, George, Wesley, the cabin friends, including neighbors, Loren and Jazz, Sue at the Cheese Barrel, Charlene at Crazy River, Art and Donna at Now and Then and many others who gave him joy. He never missed a flea market or the round barn. He was a gifted amateur photographer and received a photo credit for a Catskill Mountain News front page picture of a Labor Day bear on the cabin front porch.

In Illinois, where he lived for the past three years, he loved attending art shows and enjoyed walking The Glen, the most “city” spot in the suburban surroundings. The Glen was previously Glenview Naval Air station.

Joaquín loved to hear from all his family and friends, and once you were on his “friends & family” list, you never got crossed off. If you want to honor him and his memory, give a contribution to an LGBTQ organization and/or The Flower Basket Project c/o The Cheese Barrel, 798 Main St. Margaretville, NY 12455.

Joaquín is survived by his mother Lolita, niece Alicia, nephew William, sister Loly and brother-in-law Herb, all of whom are heartbroken. Joaquín, your memory will be a blessing to all who knew and loved you.

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