A memorial service for Jay C. Fernandes, 85, will be held in the Jardines del Recuerdo in Heredia Sunday at 2 p.m. He died Jan. 27 after surgery.
Fernandes was a well-known businessman here and served as president of the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce in 1981 and 1983.
He grew up in Nutley, New Jersey, and received an engineering degree from Columbia University in New York City.
Fernandes, a World War II Navy veteran, came to Costa Rica in 1978 to operate Permatex de Centro America, S.A., a subsidiary of the Loctite Corp. in the United States.
Fernandes retired in Costa Rica in 1982 and served as the country director of the International Executive Service Corps, a private effort that sends experienced U.S. businessmen to other countries. Fernandes also became a macadamia nut farmer.
He served on the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center Board of Directors from 1985 to 1990 and was a member of the American Colony Committee for 25 years. He was a member of Republicans Abroad. He is survived by his wife, Grace Woodman, and children Jay C. and Linda Fernandes II, Mark and Donna Fernandes, Lisa and George Marvinsmith, grandchildren and nephews.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Women’s Club of Costa Rica.