Born on July 29th, 1930 in Colombia, South America, Eduardo Matamoros Leongomez was the son of Margot Matamoros de Leongomez and Eduardo Leyva Leongomez who became Colombian military attaché to the US Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Eduardo grew up with four sisters: Margot, Connie, Teresa and Suzie as well as 3 brothers: German, Alfonso & Carlos.
Eduardo was a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne of the United States Army when he married his sweetheart Rita Mary Sheehan in December of 1954 and together raised 6 children in a home filled with love and laughter and everything that comes with the blessings of a large family.
He attended George Washington University and worked at Occidental Life Insurance Company in Washington D.C.
A promotion to Branch Manager to a new office brought him to St. Petersburg and Eduardo and Rita instantly fell in love with the water views of Tampa Bay and chose to raise their family here.
Eduardo shared his love for sports and the outdoors with his family. He was always there for his children whether playing a game of tennis or chess or attending one of the many race’s, meets, recitals and games on the kid’s agenda. He was always at the center of things.
He loved to take his family sailing and camping which are some of the highlights of the many precious memories he leaves with us.
Eduardo was on the board of directors at the YMCA downtown St. Petersburg and was a Pawnee Chief in the Y-Indian guides with his son Mark.
Eduardo passed on his values and principles to his children by his example.
He worked hard, he was honest and fair, and he was always respectful to others.
Eduardo would always smile when he greeted you and never had a harsh word to say about anyone.
He taught his children that you can do anything you put your mind to and his example served them well.
Eduardo and Rita were married for 64 years putting 6 children through private school of whom all 6 went on to college and now have thriving families of their own who are now morning the loss of their patriarch who has meant so much to them.
His life should be celebrated for it was a great life lived, rich with the joys that come from unselfish love for others and deep appreciation for life itself.
He will be well missed and well-remembered by all who knew him.
Eduardo is survived by his wife Rita, his brothers Alfonso and Carlos, his sisters Suzie & Connie his Two sons, Eduardo and Mark, his four daughters Rita, Teresa, Maria and Margot, his grandchildren Andy, Eduardo, Hunter, Daniel, Matthew, Joe, Sarah, Chris & John and great granddaughters; Andy Joy, Ella and Yeva.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Treasures of Africa Children’s Home - https://www.treasuresofafrica.org/.