Remembering Carlos Urbina
September 16, 2008
Carlos Urbina was one of the kindest and most dedicated people I, or anyone, could ever hope to meet. I worked with Carlos for almost three years at the Hotel Jerome, where he would greet his coworkers every morning with a smile and a kind word.
My fondest memories of Carlos are of our many conversations, half in English and half in Spanish, in which we would both try to sharpen our skills in the other’s native tongue. Carlos’ story is representative of the strength of America as an “immigrant nation.” He came to this country from El Salvador with the goal of working hard, and doing the best job that he could in order to provide a better life for his family. During my time at the Hotel Jerome, the staff was like a family, and Carlos was the wise elder who, even during management and ownership changes, was there to help the next manager transition into the job, or train a new employee.
I know that the staff of the Jerome will miss him dearly, and my heart goes out to his family and friends.