Oscar Armando Montejo died peacefully on Nov. 7, 2022 in Kauai, Hawaii with his son Oscar at his side. He was 91.
Oscar was born on Aug. 30, 1931 in Holguin, Cuba to Carlos and Luz Sofia (Menchero) Montejo. He attended Havana University, where he completed his degree in architecture.
Oscar moved to Florida and became an American citizen. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1956 and served four years as an airman. Later, he settled in New York and, not long after, met and married Linda Lanier Levy and started a family.
Oscar worked in food management. The family moved from New York to Florida to Maryland and then to Cape Cod, where they had spent many summers vacationing in North Truro.
After Oscar and Linda divorced, he moved to Provincetown with his youngest son, Sam. Oscar worked downtown making taffy and fudge until he opened his own fast-food restaurant.
Oscar had a natural artistic ability which seemed to come easy to him. His hobby was carving one-of-a-kind artworks from wood blocks or driftwood, which he usually gave away.
He had a flawless ability to draw and developed his draftsmanship in college. Oscar also was fascinated by ancient history, particularly the pyramids of Egypt.
Oscar retired to the Florida Keys, where he operated a small business at the Big Pine Key Flea Market. He built canopies for vendors and kept a stall for himself where he sold souvenirs.
Oscar loved his garden, grew fruit in his back yard, and built a fish pond. It was in Florida that he cared for his elderly mother until she died at home at 99.
Oscar spent many happy years amongst his fellow vendors and customers until he moved back to Cape Cod to spend time with family.
His last move was to Kauai with his son. When his health declined, he went into long-term care at Mahelona Medical Center where he was visited often by family.
Oscar enjoyed cooking and passed that ability to his sons and daughter. He loved being with his children and grandchildren, taking walks on the beach, reading, listening to music, relaxing in his hammock at the end of a long day, conversing in Spanish on the phone with family in the Miami area and enjoying life.
He had a sharp sense of humor and enjoyed writing poetry, another outlet for his creative thoughts. Occasionally, he spoke of his life in Cuba. He loved his home country and would talk about life there before the Cuban revolution and how his father would hold his hand and walk him to church every Sunday. Another story was of a pig on the family farm that kept digging and digging at the foot of a tree. The pig dug until it reached a box deep in the ground, which yielded a small fortune in old Spanish coins.
His children hope to travel to Cuba to spread some of his ashes in his hometown of Holguin, which was his wish.
Oscar is survived by four children: Ricardo of Effingham, N.H.; Rachael of Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland; Oscar of Oahu and Kauai, Hawaii; and Samuel and ex-wife Linda Landsberg of Brewster. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ricardo, Oscar, Kiara, Hanna, Sophia, and Cassandra; his great-grandchildren, Cyprus, Alana, Ryden, and Kingston; his daughter-in-law, JoAnne, and son-in-law, Kevin; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
The family thanks the team at Mahelona Medical Center and Kauai Veterans Hospital for their care. Funeral arrangements in Hawaii and on Cape Cod will be private.