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The first Caballero Funeral Home opened in Cuba in 1857. Now, the four-generation long tradition continues with Fernando Caballero and Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory. The funeral home occupies the exact site where Fernando Caballero’s father, Federico ”Monin” Caballero opened the first Caballero Funeral Home in Miami over 40 years ago, located in the heart of Little Havana.

In 1960, the Caballero Family migrated from their beloved homeland of Cuba to Miami, Florida and continued in the funeral care industry that has been their tradition for over a century. Monin, as the patriarch of the family, brought with him from Cuba a passion for serving his community. A young Fernando watched and learned from his father’s great example, as did his siblings Freddy, Mariana, Pancho, and Patty. It was truly a family business with all 5 children working closely together at the funeral home.

In 1989, Monin was courted by Stewart Enterprises (SE), a large corporation that was in the business of buying funeral homes all over the world, and he decided that retirement was his next step. Monin sold the funeral home business to SE in 1990 with the promise that his children would play an integral part in the management team, in order to continue the Caballero tradition of service. After his contractual agreement ended, Fernando ventured off on his own continuing in the death care industry.

While on a trip to Spain, Fernando stumbled upon a new business venture. Privatization of funeral homes in Spain was just evolving. Fernando realized that with the expansion of SE, he could partner with them again, and introduced them to the acquisition opportunities in Spain. As an independent contractor in the funeral service industry for Stewart Enterprises, it was here in Spain that he learned about international funeral customs and traditions and the privatization of the European funeral industry.

After 5 years, he decided to return home to Miami to pursue his dream of opening up his own funeral home and continuing the family tradition of funeral services. In 2001, Fernando bought the funeral home building where they had started under the contractual agreement with Stewart that he could not use the name “Caballero” funeral home. His name. His father’s name. As much as this pained him not to be able to proudly display his name on his building, in 2002, he opened Ferdinand Funeral Home and Crematory to continue his families legacy.

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  • Barbara Losada Torres

    Barbara Losada Torres Area Operations Director

    Barbara has been in the funeral industry for more than 25 years, and has been with Memorial Plan since 2015. She started her career as a funeral director in Miami in 1991, where she had the opportunity to work with many different cultures and customs.

    She is well known in the industry for taking those new to the industry under her wing and preparing them for the challenging but rewarding role they provide families.

    "Meeting with families to help them plan the funeral arrangements of a loved one is part of my job that I find most gratifying," she says. "While it's a painful time for the family, it's rewarding knowing that I am able to provide them the care they need, when they need it the most."

  • Fernando  Caballero

    Fernando Caballero Funeral Director

    Fernando Caballero is the Chapel Manager at Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory. He was born in Havana, Cuba and moved with his family to Miami, Florida when he was three years old. He attended St. Brendan, Belen Jesuit and was graduated from Coral Park High School in 1976. He attended Miami Dade College School of Funeral Services and earned his funeral service degree in 1981.

    He began working with his father, Federico “Monin” Caballero, at Caballero Funeral Home at an early age and went to work for him full time after being licensed as a Funeral Director in 1982. Fernando was instrumental in building the business and reputation of his family’s funeral home. When his father decided to sell the funeral home in 1990, Fernando stayed with the company and managed the funeral homes.

    In 1995, after 5 years of service, Fernando was presented an opportunity to seek new areas of growth for the company and worked as an independent acquisitions contractor for Stewart Enterprises in Spain and throughout Europe. Upon returning to the United States in 2000, it was Fernando’s desire to continue his father’s legacy and he purchased the original building to reestablish the Caballero family tradition and opened Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory in 2002.

    Credentials: Fernando is a member of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA), National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Florida Funeral Directors Association (FFDA) and Cremation Association of North America (CANA). He is also a member of the Key Biscayne Yacht Club (KBYC) and the Kiwanis Club, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

    Fernando has been married to Maria Teresa ”Teri” Caballero since 1993 and they have 2 beautiful daughters, Alexandra Beatriz and Daniella Maria. The family attends St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

    In his spare time, Fernando enjoys boating, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.

  • Jorge Mendez

    Jorge Mendez Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Jorge Mendez-Castro is a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory. He was born and raised in Miami, FL and is a graduate of Miami Senior High School. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving 4 years and 2 deployments overseas as a motor transport mechanic. After his EAS (End of Active Service) in 2012, he returned home to Miami and after being drawn to the funeral service industry he enrolled in Miami Dade College. He attended their Funeral Service Education program which he completed and graduated from in 2015. Jorge is a member the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA).

    In his free time, Jorge enjoys fishing, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.