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Working for 45+ years as a yellow cab driver in NYC, my abuelito, Tobias Noboa, had many interesting stories to share. You don’t survive working in the concrete jungle for that long without a heart and mind that exudes patience and care. It’s with that caring touch that together, with his loving wife of 62 years, they would raise three kids, proudly share stories of their five grandkids, and his legacy carries on in his four great grandkids. He always carried in his heart and surrounded our lives with memories of his beloved Milagro, Ecuador where he was born. It was important to him to keep the cultural connection strong in all of our upbringings and helped shape who we are today. I remember stories he’d share of when he first arrived to NY, recounting those enormously high mounds of snow, which he has never seen before. I was always captivated with his story telling and how he could vividly paint a picture come to life of what it was like growing up in Ecuador, of his siblings and parents experiences. He was the pillar of our family, the peace maker, the joy and source of our laughter. Summer of 2021 would have been the 26th anniversary that we’d celebrate his second chance at life, as he had was blessed to have survived a full liver transplant all those years ago. He was an incredibly strong man my abuelito and took on this virus with the same faith in god and will to keep living. For five weeks, he fought the good fight. He leaves behind a life well lived and happy memories to fill the void. But, now you know that there lived a good, kind man, who achieved the American dream, in partnership with his wife, raised a loving family, lived in Corona, Queens for over 60 and whose impact lives on in his family, friends and those who were fortunate to know him.

– Shyvonne Noboa, New York

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