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Daniel “Danny” Rubio

Daniel “Danny” Rubio

June 28, 1978 - May 19, 2017     Age: 38

Mr. Daniel P. “Danny” Rubio, age 38, formerly of Fernandina Beach passed away at his Orlando home on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Danny did what he loved. He loved cats, so he fathered three of them. He loved pickup trucks, so he picked out a blue Dodge Ram. He loved roller coasters, so he settled down in the theme park capital of the world.

Daniel Pablo Rubio was born on June 28, 1978 in South Miami, the second son of Pedro and Gloria Rubio. Danny the jokester squabbled with his calculated older brother, Pedro Jr. But when his older brother left for college, Danny often ran up the long-distance phone bill because he missed him.

Danny’s first friends had four furry legs. He would treat Toti, a black lab mix, to a luxurious bath and pamper her with baby powder, just like his mother had with him. He professed that someday he would be a “doctor de dog” — bilingual Danny speak for veterinarian.

Of all his cats, black and white Snuggie would curl around his neck while Danny milled around the house. Without Snuggie as a collar, Danny showed off his handstands.

Danny relished in visits to Busch Gardens and Disney World, finding as much thrill in the tram and bus rides to the park as the attractions.

Realizing that he was better suited as a pet owner than a vet, Danny pursued another passion and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in hospitality management. He coordinated special events for Disney and Universal Studios and later often traveled for a job with a trade show company. He worked for Orange County since 2013.

When around family, he often watched over younger cousins and, eventually, five nieces and nephews, earning the nickname “Danny the Nanny.”
“Danny was a loving, caring individual who cared about his family and his fellow man,” said his father, Pedro Sr. “He was a lover of animals and of life.”

Danny is survived by his mother, father, brother, sister-in-law Eyan Rubio and five nieces and nephews: Layla, Domingo, Naomi, Pascal and Sebastian Rubio as well as his grandmothers, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 505 Broome St in Fernandina Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nassau Humane Society.

15 Condolences

  • Philip Carolan Posted May 22, 2017 6:35 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. I will keep him and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Brian Sturgis Posted May 23, 2017 10:44 am

    So sorry for your loss and to hear of Danny’s passing. He was a good man!

  • Carmen C. Alas Posted May 23, 2017 3:11 pm

    Danny, I will miss you going in and out by the Front Desk here at Solid Waste every morning and afternoon, see you at the parking lot, your green eyes covered by your sun glasses and also your professionalism, that evening that we just left the office going home, and a mattress was left on the side of the road at Young Pine and you stopped your truck and picked up the mattress, doing your job as a Field Rep even after hours. We will take care of Zone 1, as you did!

  • Jim Becler Posted May 23, 2017 4:01 pm

    Worked with Danny for several years. He was dedicated to service and did an excellent job and always had something good to say. When we come to grips with our loss of Danny we can begin to remember what a great guy he was and miss being around him.

  • Diana Rhodes Posted May 23, 2017 7:27 pm

    Danny was like a third son to Rusty and me. It hurts our hearts so much that we won’t see that beautiful smiling face again. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Hob, Michele, Devon, Savannah and Cheese Readdick Posted May 23, 2017 10:00 pm

    We are so sorry to hear the news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pete and Gloria as well as the rest of Danny’s family and everyone who loved him.

  • Carol Cash Posted May 24, 2017 12:16 pm

    Gloria and Pete, So So sorry to hear about Danny. My heart goes out to him and you as well. He was a good man and very good at his job. He’s going to be missed by everyone he came in contact with.

  • Russell Daniels Posted May 24, 2017 2:13 pm

    Already Miss you SOOOOO much. I will never forget all the good times we had and especially all the beach days. I think of you often and know that we will meet again some day. Mr. Pete and Mrs. Gloria I am so sorry and hope that you will find comfort knowing that you will see him again.

  • Charlotte Hutto Posted May 24, 2017 6:18 pm

    Gloria, I am praying for you and your family during this time of great loss. You never get over the loss of a child, no matter what the age. If there is anything I can do for you and your family please let me know. I always enjoyed hearing you talk about your sons and their growing families. Knowing that you will see him again is of great comfort. God Bless You and Your Family. Mine and Leroy’s deepest sympathies are with you all.

  • Teresa Posted May 24, 2017 6:49 pm

    Mayda and Pedro: My heart is broken for you both and I want to express my deepest sympathies for your loss and sorrow. Those who love you hope that you may find some measure of peace.

  • Melissa Posted May 25, 2017 8:22 am

    Your whole family is in our thoughts and prayers. May the good Lord bless you with comfort and peace until you all meet again.

  • Hugo Silva Posted May 25, 2017 10:34 am

    Pete. I so sorry to hear about the news of your brother!! Mr and Mrs Rubio, my heart goes out to you on your loss of a child. In times like these it’s important to have faith that Danny is in heaven smiling down on us all.

  • Tracy Alwell Posted May 25, 2017 6:20 pm

    I’m simply heartbroken. I just heard the news. Danny was once a very important part of my life. We spent hours upon hours talking on the phone, emailing, instant messaging, and chatting — about love, life, and everything that came with it. One of my favorite memories was a warm night in the fall of 2005 when we spent hours walking the streets of Manhattan. I’ll never forget your kind heart and your wicked sense of humor. You may be gone from this Earth but you’ll never be forgotten. Always in my heart.

  • Tammy Ross Posted May 26, 2017 1:04 pm

    Words cannot even begin to express my sadness at Danny’s passing. Losing a loved one is never easy. However take comfort in knowing that you will be reunited one day. Danny is in a far better place.

  • Sharon and Doug Oliver Posted June 2, 2017 4:43 pm

    Our love and prayers are with your beautiful family. My heart breaks because I know how difficult it is to lose your son. My faith is what has kept me going and I know that we will see our loved ones in heaven very soon.

    Romans 8:38-39 says that nothing can separate us from God’s love:
    “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)”

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