Missing Mayo

RECEIVED Tue., Jan. 29, 2013

Dear Editor,
    Family and friends of Amado "Mayo" Pardo are greatly saddened by the passing of his extraordinary spirit, while simultaneously joyed that he now has freedom from the physical limitations of his body ["Amado Pardo, Patriarch of Jovita's, Dead at 64," Newsdesk blog, Jan. 23]. Mayo fought a miraculously long battle against liver cancer. His strength and courage were demonstrated as he beat all odds and expectations to the very end.
    Mayo Pardo's passing was peaceful, surrounded by a handful of those who knew him best and reciprocated his love. Mayo was ecstatically received back home when released, then received undivided care from all his favorite people. In his final days, thankfulness overflowed for the opportunity to return some of the loving attention he always bestowed.
    All of us are extremely proud of his contribution to our lives and to the community as a whole. Mayo selflessly gave attention, knowledge, and encouragement, while sharing his dream of individual empowerment within a self-sustaining community.
    From birth to death, South Austin was Mayo's home and refuge. Mayo dreamed of a better society that worked together for the benefit of all, with its members owning businesses, creating the ability to take care of themselves. He guided and taught, showing us how to have a good life. Mayo was not concerned with his own acquisitions – those were of no importance to him; for he was of an indigenous people. The individuals dear to him and South Austin were far more important to Mayo than any physical wealth.
    Mayo fervently worked to take Jovita's from a small one-room restaurant into the South Austin mecca it became, filled with live music, great food, culture, and good times. He was a pioneer in the South Austin live music scene, contributing to the infamous live music capital it is today. Deeply involved in politics, education, arts, and community endeavors, Mayo sought a revolution where people would rise out of poverty into a place where they could feel proud and have a voice.
    His side was a place of solace, his words a source of strength, and his touch a warming comfort.
    Mayo Pardo, you will always be missed, but never forgotten. The knowledge and love you shared will always carry on.
    If ever searching for the strength, love, and encouragement that Mayo freely gave – go to the creek; that's where you will find him.
Kimber Reed
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