On Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020, Jorge Enrique Bacardi, loving husband of Leslie Bacardi, passed away peacefully alongside his wife of 46 years, at their residence in Lyford Cay at the age of 76.
Jorge, better known as “TJ,” the youngest of four siblings, was born on April 6th, 1944 in Santiago de Cuba to Caridad and Joaquin Bacardi. TJ obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University and obtained his degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami. Jorge dedicated over 20 years of his career to the Bacardi rum family business, serving most of those years at the distillery in the Bahamas and nearly a decade on the company’s Board of Directors.
Of the many interests TJ pursued, he was passionate about everything related to the ocean and to his soulmate Leslie, whose connection of minds, their mutual respect, and unconditional love was evident throughout their entire loving relationship. He was a wonderful uncle and mentor to 17 nieces and nephews who remember him as “funny, loving, smart, affectionate, generous and caring.”
Jorge became an active advocate for organ donation, after his renewed lease on life from a double lung transplant. His appreciation to his proclaimed guardian angel “Gabriel,” was the young donor Christopher Gregory. In honor of Christopher, Leslie and Jorge founded the Gabriel House of Care, in Jacksonville Fl, at the Mayo Clinic hospital. The Gabriel House, now in its tenth year of service is the haven for patients and their caregivers in need of extended lodging after receiving their organ transplant or cancer treatment. Also, in honor of Christopher and to further build awareness for organ donation, Leslie and Jorge funded the soon to be released movie “2 Hearts.”
Jorge is predeceased by his brothers Joaquin and Alberto and survived by his sister Carmen, wife Leslie, 17 nieces and nephews, 43 grand nieces and nephews and one great grand nice. A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 26th, 2020 at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church on Western Road at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “Hands for Hunger” at www.handsforhunger.org or (242) 327-1660.