Guillermo (Primo) Emilio Espejo of Marco Island flew west on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. He died peacefully with his daughter Gaby, and granddaughter Dawn by his side.
Primo was born February 10, 1922, in Callao, Peru. As a young man, Primo loved anything with an engine that went fast—cars, motorcycles and airplanes. He worked in the family business with his father and brothers repairing automobiles. He especially loved to ride his motorcycle high up into the Andean mountains.
In 1949, he married the love of his life Bertha Huppi and they immigrated to the United States, settling in East Hartford, Connecticut.
While raising his family in Hartford, Primo worked for Soulen GMC repairing diesel engines. He also attended Pratt and Whitney aeronautic mechanic institute where he learned how to work on aircraft and obtained his Aircraft mechanics license.
Primo relocated his family to Marco Island, Florida, in the mid–60s where he worked with his son Oscar for the Deltona Corporation aviation department maintaining aircraft and other equipment.
Primo loved to shoot pool with friends. Wrestling and tennis were his favorite sports. He loved to be with family and was always up for a picnic or family gatherings. However, his favorite thing was to fly his silver Swift around the island in the early morning.
He was a good father who always took care of his children and did the best he could to teach and guide them, a loving grandfather and great grandfather. He was a strong patriarch of his family, a good friend to all, a man who would give you his shirt for a friend.
Primo was a strong, proud and good man. He is loved and will be missed by many. He is preceded in death by his wife Bertha and son Oscar.
Mr. Espejo is survived by his loving children Gabriela Porter (Fritz), Fl. Javier Espejo (Christel), Ar., 6 grandchildren, numerous great–grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and other beloved friends and relatives.
The family will receive visitors Sunday, January 10th, from 11 AM to 12:45 PM, at The Historic Church located in Marco Island Cemetery, with services to begin at 1 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Avow Hospice in Naples.