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RIP - 17
11/24/04     old friend  (1971)     
Armando passed away at 4:30 this afternoon.
11/25/04     Nelson E. Smith  (1969)      fearless0351@aol.com
Are you referring to Armando Labastilla? I remember him well as a good tennis player and a member of my brother Kenny's class. I extend my condolences to the family.
12/02/04     Marsha Klaff (Willey)  (1970)      meangrnmama@hotmail.com
I am so sorry to hear about Armando's passing. Funny enough after not thinking of him for years and years, I was just thinking about him in the last few weeks. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with his family and friends.

I remember him quite fondly.
12/11/04     art kramer  (1970)      amkramer@lycos.com
We were very close friends from 6th-9th grade. It seem like we were always playing basketball every day at the city park or the high school gym. I never saw him again after 1971, but he was a good friend. May he RIP.
12/12/04     David Young  (1973)      BYoung1441@aol.com
I'm really sorry to hear about that. When I was in elementary school (Patrick Henry), Armando, who was three years older, worked a part time job helping to clean up the cafeteria. I found out he was a big baseball fan. He always struggled with his English at that early stage, but I remember I would always bring him any doubles of baseball cards that I had, and he would always brighten up and thank me profusely. Isn't it strange how memories like that never really go away? My dad always commented about what a fantastic tennis player he was. May he rest in peace.
04/13/07     Bill Adams  (1970)      BillAdams@tripeds.com
Re: RIP Armando
LABASTILLA, ARMANDO J 01/28/1952 11/24/2004 US ARMY.

Wish I knew more about Armando's. He was buried in Bushnell National Cemetery in Florida, but not until 10 weeks later, 2/7/05 according to some info on the web. I see there is Christine Labastilla on the Class of 1994 message boards.
11/22/07     Don Rust  (1970)      hillbillybearwvusa@yahoo.com
I feel a real loss, knowing that my friend
Armando has passed on. He and I were very close friends, starting with his family's arrival in Martinsville. Dr. Horne and the First Baptist Church, gave assistance to the Labastilla's move, and Armando became my across the street neighbor. If my memory is correct, Armando's father was the Secretary of the Treasury of Cuba when Castro took over. Armando and I became the best of friends and hung out together for several years. We played many a game of tennis, and of course, he always won. I always thought he'd become a tennis super star; he always will be to me. As the years passed, we grew apart, mostly because I was in the marching and concert band, and he was into the basketball and tennis. I will always have fond memories of Armando.
Rest in Peace My Friend
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