Alexander “Alex” Oswald Saint-Blancard Palicio, a mechanical and professional safety engineer, died on the early evening of Wednesday, September 23 in Tampa, Florida at the age of 71 from liver cancer.
Alex, or Alín as his siblings called him, is survived by his wife of 45 years, Teresa de Varona Martínez; his children, Alejandro (Alex), Teresa (Teremar), and Cristina Saint-Blancard de Varona; his sisters Ana Saint-Blancard Randall and Leonor (Lily) Saint-Blancard Croteau, and their husbands Tom Randall and Michael Croteau; and many nieces and nephews and their children. He is predeceased by his parents, Leonor Palicio del Valle and Oswaldo Saint-Blancard Lendián; his younger brother, Oswaldo (Ozzie) Saint-Blancard Palicio; and his beloved four-legged granddogter Tatiana II.
Alex was born in La Havana, Cuba on April 10, 1949 to Leonor Palicio and Oswaldo Saint-Blancard. The eldest of four, he graduated with honors from Farleigh Dickinson University in 1970 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as a professional engineer for over 50 years until his retirement in January of 2020. On December 14, 1975 he married Teresa, a high school teacher, and the love of his life. Soon after he welcomed his three wonderful children who were the most important part of his life.
Alex was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and great-uncle. He was known for his unique sense of humor, heart of gold, love for sports, and eternal optimism. He was also a problem-solver who often took on difficult and unwanted projects at work. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who know of him. And how can we forget his infamous favorite phrase which he managed to say during his last moments: “¡Sí Teresa!”
A mass in his memory will be offered on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1 pm at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Oviedo, Florida. Father Josh Swallows will officiate. Please do not wear black or any formal attire. His wish was that we wear a favorite sports team or dog shirt in his honor that day. Please share and post your pictures for our family to keep #alexstbmemory. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Liver Foundation in his memory. www.liverfoundation.org
Dear Alex, We so enjoyed spending time with you each year at our Florida alumni get-togethers! You will be missed. Sending prayers and condolences to your loved ones…
Nora Bishop ’76 and Your Immaculate Family (Immaculate Conception High School, Montclair, NJ)
Alex will be missed, I had the pleasure of working with Alex for many years at CNA. Alex always made me welcome and his smile was infectious. He was always willing to assist with projects that included the translation of items to Spanish, update materials, and provide critical feedback when I needed it and encouragement always. God’s Blessings to the family and many friends Alex touched over the years…
CNA Risk Control
Dear Teresa and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Alex’s passing my condolences to you all. I worked with Alex at CNA and often worked with him on my trips to Florida. He was just an all around great guy and it was such a pleasure to spend time with him. He took me for my first authentic Cuban Coffee and we enjoyed many Cuban, Puerto Rican and Spanish meals over the years and I returned the favor with a Polish Dinner in Orlando. I am truly thankful that I crossed paths with Alex, he was a true joy to spend time with. He will be missed and my prayers are with you all.
I lived two houses away from Alex and his family when we were teenagers and his family first moved to Burnside Street in Upper Montclair, NJ. He played ball with my brothers, and he and I dated occasionally. We always had fun.
I went with him to his Junior Prom. I remember a kind, gentle and caring person. In reading his obituary, I was happy to see that he remained that person…just a wonderful person. My condolences to his wife and family and family from me and my brothers. God bless you all. I am blessed to have had Alex in my life as a friend in my youth.
I first met Alex in 1970 in Montclair New Jersey. He is a good friend of my best friend’s brother. Like myself, the McGuire family adopted Alex as one of their own and he was present for lots of family get togethers and holidays. We all loved Alex very much and never laughed as hard or as hardly as when we were with him. I have nothing but great memories of him and he taught me a lot about how to laugh at myself and not take myself too seriously. His positive attitude and goodwill towards others was an inspiration. He will be sorely missed by all of us.
Alex was our cousin on my mom side if the family. I remember him from when we first moved to Montclair. This is very sad to hear. Alex was from what I remember was very quiet and funny. RIP 🙏 ❤❤ Now you are in no pain and hanging out with the rest of our family. God bless you.
I wish I had known him as an adult. Beautiful obituary! Love to all the family! from cousin Luli
I am so very sorry on the passing of my cousin Alin. I have so many wonderful memories of him, watching baseball games with my father Hector and brother Fernando. I vividly recall his remarkable intelligence, observant eye, wry sense of humor, warm smile, and accepting nature. May his parents and Ozzie be waiting for him with open arms, and may your memories bring you some sense of solace. Sharing your sorrow and holding you close – Liz Lagomasino
What a wonderful human being, always joking with me and Lily. He shares a great life with his wife and three kids. Will miss ya big brother
Love always Mike