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Ronald Edward Cardoza
  • November 05, 1942
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  • August 31, 2020

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Ronald Edward Cardoza
November 5, 1942 – August 31, 2020

   It is with great sadness that the family of Ron Cardoza, announces his passing at home in Zellwood, Florida at the age of 77 surrounded by his loving family. Born November 5, 1942, in Lompoc, CA to Edward James Cardoza and Margaret Rose (Machado) Cardoza. Ron will be lovingly remembered by his wife Janie of 40 years and his children Jim (Joann), Shay, Toni and Amy (Brian). Ron will also be fondly remembered by his five grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and sisters Judy (Jim) and Terrie (Patti).
He was raised on a farm in the Central Coast of California with his two sisters Judy Lundberg Wafer and Terrie Cardoza. On the farm is where he learned his work ethic. He grew up in a very close Portuguese family. All four Grandparents were descendants from Pico, Azores Islands. He was very proud of his heritage and learned early that honesty and loyalty were values that he would carry with him throughout his entire life.
He began his education at Artesia Elementary School, a one room schoolhouse next to the farm. Then it was off to town where he attended Hapgood Junior High and graduated from Lompoc High School in 1960. This same year the family moved their farming operation, 25 miles north to Santa Maria, California. Searching for his future he decided to join the United States Air Force in 1961 and served until 1965. His last service was at McCoy Air Force Base in Orlando, Florida. With encouragement from his father he returned to California to give farming a go. One of his hardest decisions was after a year to inform his father that farming just was not for him. He returned to Central Florida, working construction for numerous years. In 1976 with partners, he started Petroleum Equipment Contractors, Inc. He later merged with longtime friend Ken Tynan forming Power and Petroleum Systems. Selling the company, he began a new venture in 1997 with longtime friends Dick Buchholz and Ben Bathke by creating Petroleum Equipment Construction, Inc. He was known by all as the hardest working man. Values that he learned in his years on the farm were carried throughout his life.
Upon retiring he traveled in his motorhome around the states and taking trips to his birthplace of California. It was always a celebration for his family when he would visit. Extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and his dear friends would gather to celebrate that Ronnie was coming home. One of his most memorable trips was in 2013 when he traveled to Pico, Azores Islands with his sisters and family. They traced their roots back and visited the homes where his grandparents were born. As kids growing up, he was proud of where he came from and now, he could touch the ground of where it all began.
He never met a stranger. Friends and family remember him as the guy with a great sense of humor and the one who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed help.
A special thank you to the Vitas team who provided exceptional extended care to Ron and his family.
It was so important to him that Janie and his kids were happy and understand that……

When tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand.
That an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand;
The angel said my place was ready,
In Heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But when I walked through Heaven’s Gates,
I felt so much at home,
For God looked down, smiled at me,
And told me “Welcome Home.”
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I’m right there in your heart.

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  1. Toni Cardoza lit a candle:
    01 Oct 2020
    Lit since October 1, 2020 at 10:48:53 PM

  2. Judith Lundberg says:
    26 Sep 2020
    You will forever remain in my heart. Try to always remember the good times and not the loss. I love you to the moon and back.

  3. Gail Adams posted an image:
    17 Sep 2020
    Here's to you Ron...
    Here's to you Ron...

  4. Gail Adams says:
    16 Sep 2020
    Sending much love to Janie and all of Ron's family..... Ron was a great guy and always enjoyed talking to him at parties. He may have been from CA, but he was truly a PineHills boy!!! He was a great addition for sure. He will be missed by all who knew him... Wishing all the Cardoza's God's Blessings during their sadness. Love, Ray & Gail Adams

  5. Janie Cardoza lit a candle:
    07 Sep 2020
    Lit since September 7, 2020 at 9:09:32 PM

  6. Ben Bathke lit a candle:
    07 Sep 2020
    Lit since September 7, 2020 at 9:04:20 PM

  7. Sandra McGuire says:
    06 Sep 2020
    Ron has been a special friend to my family almost 50 years now. My husband Charles worked many years with Ron in the Petroleum business...We spent many weekends and family vacations together...Ron loved his family and friends...and never missed a chance to ask about your families...he was a caring, giving and loving person...Ron will be solely missed by all who new him...I'm so fortunate to have known Ron and to have all the memories to look back on .Ron you left your mark on this world....Thank you for your service to our Country ....but most of all Thank you for your friendship...Fly high my brother your work on earth is done...We love you....Take care of Charles and let him win one game of spades....Love Sandra McGuire & Family

  8. Tom & Stacie says:
    06 Sep 2020
    A life full of wonderful memories with his family and friends that will last a life time. That smile that you will know will always be watching down on his love ones who he will be carrying in his heart always and forever. Prayers to his family, guide them to get past each and every day knowing that he is in their hearts each and everyday and every memory will be will bring so much love that he has for his family and friends.
    sending hugs & love to you all.

  9. Tom & Stacie lit a candle:
    06 Sep 2020
    Lit since September 6, 2020 at 9:39:17 AM

  10. Terrie Cardoza says:
    05 Sep 2020
    He was the best brother ever and I miss him dearly. We lived so far away but those miles never interfered with our loving relationship. He just had the best sense of humor and would go the distance for family and friends. Hold me a spot brother, I’ll see you again.

  11. Judith Lundberg says:
    05 Sep 2020
    My beloved brother. No matter how many miles away we were, we always kept in touch. He was an amazing Husband, father, son, brother and friend. I am sad for those of us left behind, but know he has found peace in the arms of the Lord.

  12. Sue Bishop says:
    04 Sep 2020
    Ron , you impacted my life in such a way , when Jo & Jim meet you & Janie welcomed me & Carolyn into your family like we were family , the memories I'll cherish forever ❤ Prayers for the family ...R.I.P Ron

  13. Theresa and Don Carter says:
    04 Sep 2020
    From what I knew of Ron… what I saw was a good man! I did not know some of the details of his life until now! Now it makes sense! I witnessed the love his son had for him - immeasurable! God has him now and will rest his soul! Peace to the family!

  14. Toni Cardoza lit a candle:
    04 Sep 2020
    Lit since September 4, 2020 at 9:10:40 PM

  15. Theresa and Don Carter lit a candle:
    04 Sep 2020
    Lit since September 4, 2020 at 9:09:38 PM

  16. Toni Cardoza posted an image:
    04 Sep 2020
    Great grandbabies everywhere Papa loves his babies
    Great grandbabies everywhere Papa loves his babies

  17. Toni Cardoza posted an image:
    04 Sep 2020
    Teenage Ron
    Teenage Ron

  18. Toni Cardoza posted an image:
    04 Sep 2020

  19. Toni Cardoza posted an image:
    04 Sep 2020
    Papa and Rylan
    Papa and Rylan

  20. Toni Cardoza posted an image:
    04 Sep 2020

  21. Toni Cardoza posted an image:
    04 Sep 2020
    Dad and grandsons
    Dad and grandsons

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