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Justin del Cano

February 26, 1941 July 23, 2018
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Justin del Cano
February 26, 1941 - July 23, 2018

WINSTED Justiniano del Cano, 77, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018 at his home. Justin was born in Vega de Villalobos, Zamora, Spain in 1941, two years after the end of the Spanish Civil War. His birthplace, in the historic region of Castilla-León, land of his ancestors, was profoundly rooted in his heart. When he was three years old, his young parents, with four little children (three more sisters were born afterwards) moved to San Vicente de la Barquera in Cantabria on the Northcoast. There, by the sea, he spent his early childhood, territory of nostalgia, paradise revisited in adverse times. He kept vivid memories of that happy period reflected in his poems. He soon demonstrated he was a free spirit, a naughty boy, restless at times, curious and inquisitive. His funny mischiefs are still remembered.

He undertook University studies in Salamanca and years later in New York. The former, is one of the oldest universities in Spain, with a busy cultural life. It was there where he found the breeding ground to develop his talent. Youth, academic and social life, summer courses (frequented by International undergraduates, many of them American) were decisive to boost his creativity.

At the age of 27, he decided to explore new routes traveling to New England, USA, where he spent the rest of his life. He first lived in New York, the ideal place to develop his career. Some years later he moved to Connecticut, 'far from the madding crowd'. He fell in love with its beautiful landscapes and welcoming people. Winsted was the special place he chose to be his last home.

Intellectual and scholar, expert in literature, and greco-latin cultures and languages, he worked as a teacher, sculptor, painter, designer and photographer.

He had a great love for life, family and friends. He enjoyed every little thing, every little creature, a cat, a cricket, a racoon...When his health began to deteriorate, he used to say: 'I feel stoically happy.' He never gave up.

'Vixi, et quem dederat cursum fortuna peregi.'

'I have lived and travelled along the path which fortune had offered me.'

Virgil, Aeneid 4, 653

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