Carlos Alberto Toraño Sr., the former President of the Toraňo Family Cigar Company, passed away earlier this month at his home in Miami. He was 78 years old.
Toraňo was the third generation of the Toraňo tobacco family, which came to the U.S. in 1959 following the Cuban revolution, when the family’s tobacco fields were seized by the government.
After being educated in the U.S, Toraňo joined the family business begun by his grandfather in 1916.
Toraňo advanced the business with factories and tobacco fields in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Honduras. In 1994 Toraňo launched the family brand with the Carlos Toraňo Signature Series, The Tribute, and the 1959 Exodus.
He retired in 2012 and spent his retirement years traveling extensively with his wife, Evelyn Toraňo-Trinidad.
In a statement, Toraňo-Trinidad said: “My husband was a man loved and admired by many. He was always ready to offer a hug, a smile, and advice. A noble man, he was always eager to share his knowledge. As a result, a great deal of people were able to advance successfully in their careers. Carlos was irreplaceable and I miss my best friend deeply.”
She has planned a private memorial mass in Miami, to celebrate her husband’s extraordinary life. For those interested in contacting Evelyn Toraňo-Trinidad you may do so through Gabriel Piňeres of Creativas Group Public Relations at [email protected].
Photo Credit: Toraño Family Archive