Official Obituary of

Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta

August 6, 1966 ~ February 17, 2024 (age 57) 57 Years Old

Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta Obituary

Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta, August 6, 1966-February 17, 2024,
57 years old, he was born in Guantanamo, Cuba.
Death seems like a lie when it comes to saying goodbye to a family member or friend, even more so when it is surprising and takes away a great man, an anti-communist compatriot, defender of the human rights of Cuba and the World and even more so, another Cuban who is leaving us, without seeing his Free Homeland.

Juan Carlos was a prominent opponent of the communist regime of the island and an independent journalist, for which he was imprisoned on two occasions and the last time sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2003 in the well-known case of the 75. He was declared a Political Prisoner and Of Conscience by Amnesty International, where he suffered torture and inhuman beatings in different jails and prisons throughout the island. Without giving up and clinging to his motto: “Standing in the face of terror.”

During his last incarceration he suffered a family tragedy, the death of his only 14-year-old daughter in an accident. After seven years and seven months he was exiled to Spain. Some time later, he managed to arrive in the United States as a political refugee, settling in Syracuse, NY, where he continued his fight against tyranny until the last minute of his life.

He is survived by his widow, Ileana Danger Hardy, and in Cuba his parents and siblings, others relatives and Many Friends.

calling hours are Thursday, February 22nd from 11am-1pm at Mathewson-Forani Funeral Home, Inc., 206 Kinne St., East Syracuse, NY, with a funeral service to follow at 1pm. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens, Dewitt, NY. 

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February 22, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Mathewson-Forani Funeral Home, Inc.
206 Kinne St.
East Syracuse, New York 13057

Funeral Service
February 22, 2024

1:00 PM
Mathewson-Forani Funeral Home, Inc.
206 Kinne St.
East Syracuse, New York 13057


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