Jose R. Tamargo of Kennett Square

Jose R. Tamargo, 78, of Kennett Square, died Wednesday, March 28, at Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community in West Grove.

Jose R. Tamargo

At his request, no service will be held.

Jose was born Nov. 7, 1939, in Ciego de Avila, Cuba, to Jesus and Irene Tamargo.

As a result of the Cuban Revolution, he came to the United States in 1964. Despite having to learn a new language, he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in chemistry from Saint Joseph’s University. Jose went on to have a successful career with Merck, Bristol-Myers and Unilever, and put his two sons through college. He enjoyed swimming, watching classic movies, morning coffee and old fashioned donuts.

Jose is survived and will be deeply missed by his wife of 54 years, Vivian Tamargo; his children Rafael Tamargo and his wife Alicia Tamargo, Hector Tamargo and his fiancée Denise Verdieck; his beloved grandchildren, Elizabeth and Gregory Tamargo, his sister Maria Alvarez and husband Pedro Alvarez; and his niece and nephew, Maria Lichorobiec and Pedro Alvarez Jr.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please   visit

Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

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