Carlos Manuel Stevenson
Carlos Manuel Stevenson
  • April 17, 1952 - January 17, 2018
  • Florida

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Carlos Manuel Stevenson, 65, of Tampa, passed away, January 17, 2018. Carlos was born April 17, 1952 in Panama City, Panama. In his early 20s, he moved to Tampa to peruse his educational career, and graduated from University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in business. Shortly after graduation; Carlos established CKC Cleaning Inc., and has grown the company for 37 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Cynthia Stevenson; daughter, Karla (Francesco) Mastracchio; sister, Isabel (Michael) Cooper; sister in laws, Irene Rodriguez and Sylvia (Jack) Henry; nephew, Ray (Beverly) Rodriguez, and their daughter, Haley, Todd (Pam) Henry, and their son, Ryan, and Mikey Cooper; nieces, Debbie (Javier) Plasencia, and their son, Justin, Sherrie (Chris) Ligori, and their daughters, Alessandria and Juliana, and Amber Cooper; and his 4 legged companion, Teddy. In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to Fund #25110 at the USF Foundation, and directed to the attention of Tracy Muir in the Office of Donor Relations, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, ALC100, Tampa, FL 33620-5455 in Carlos's name. A Gathering will be held at Blount and Curry - MacDill, 605 S. MacDill Avenue on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 6pm with a Memorial Service to follow at 7pm.

Today we celebrate the life of Carlos Stevenson and honor what he meant to us all. He was the loving son of Harry and Isabel Stevenson and brother of Isabel Cooper. He was blessed with nearly 40 years of marriage with his soul mate and love of his life, Cynthia . A marriage like theirs was very precious and rare. They were truly best friends. He lovingly referred to her as Lola. And for those of you that don't know ....what Lola wants Lola gets. There was nothing that gave him more joy than to see his family happy. Together Cynthia and Carlos built a beautiful life based on mutual respect, solid values and faith in God that they both shared through good times and bad.

During his illness Cynthia never left his side and for the past 37 years there was never a day that went by that they did not kiss and tell each other they love one another before they left the house to go anywhere.
Cynthia absolutely adored him and he adored her. They were both so blessed to have one another.
They were truly a team and when Karla was born they were complete.

His daughter Karla, the light of his life whom he absolutely adored. His face would light up each time Karla called or texted and he celebrated all her accomplishments. She was truly daddy's little girl. He never missed an opportunity to let her know how much she was loved especially when they did their annual pumpkin carving each year. Even now he would always look forward to their lunch dates together . He was such a proud father and was so pleased when Karla chose Fran to be her husband . It gave him great peace of mind knowing that Fran was a kind hearted loving man that treated Karla with such respect . He loved him very much and welcomed him with open arms into the family.

His life was a beautiful example of love, devotion ,and commitment. He was a blessing to all those who came into his path always ready to help others. Such incredibly strong, generous, and good hearted man. He lead by example and through the beautiful words of his daughter, Karla she learned kindness and leadership through him and saw that those things do not have to be mutually exclusive. This is how he treated his employees , like family, and especially Eddie who had such a special place in his heart.

Carlos was a family man and one of the most special things he like to do was cook for everybody. Even up to this past Christmas when he was not in good health he still insisted on having everybody over and he made his traditional grilled fillet. Their home was always filled with love, laughter and warmth. It was always an ongoing joke about which one of his sister-in-law's he loved more, Sylvia or Irene. He loved working in the yard and watering his tomatoes. He also loved sharing what was going on in their lives with his sister, Isabel, who lived in California. They always remained very close and loved each other very much. He adored his little four legged companion, Teddy who never left his side.

We will never understand why God decided to bring Carlos home so soon, but we do know this is not goodbye but see you later.