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Loss in the Family

Posted: March 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | 11 Comments »

2014.0306.Victor Machado

It is with great sadness, that I have to report that there has been a loss in the family. Victor Andres Machado passed away on March 4, 2014. Victor was my brother in law and was a vital member of staff at Jaensch Immigration Law Firm for many years. 

Victor first came to Sarasota from Venezuela in the early 90s to prepare for becoming a professional tennis player. His sister (my wife, Rebeca) was his chaperone and they both knew quickly that they preferred the American way of life and felt more at home here than in their home country.

Victor trained in tennis with incredible intensity for a young man and competed in tournaments around the world. He mentioned Japan and Denmark as two of his favorite places.

Eventually, his body could not withstand the rigors of the sport and he stopped playing competitively at the elite level. He got a scholarship to attend Berry College in Georgia and graduated with a degree in Business Administration.

Victor joined the team at Jaensch Immigration Law Firm in 2002 soon after he graduated from college. He worked in a number of areas of specialization within the field of immigration law including H-1B visas, employment based green cards, and O and P visas for extraordinary individuals and internationally recognized athletes. One of his lasting legacies will clearly be the vast number of immigrants he helped to achieve their goal of residence in the U.S.

Victor’s impact on the law firm was profound over the past 10 years. He helped to develop many of our office processes and procedures, including our custom-made case tracking system. He took it upon himself to train new members of the firm and was the person we all turned to when something needed fixing. He even came up with the original concept for our current firm logo.

Victor was always a very serious and intense individual who believed in structure and following the rules. And yet, he had a remarkable sense of humor and could tell a joke and appreciate a good joke better than anyone. His laugh made others smile. He had a creative and artistic talent that he expressed with writing, music and the most fantastic Halloween costumes.

Victor reserved his friendship and affection for those he felt were special. As a result, his friends always knew they had an exceptional place in his heart.

In respect for the privacy of his family, members of the law firm have been asked not to answer questions about Victor and let this tribute be the singular communication on the subject from the law firm.

As a friend, colleague, brother, cuñado, and employee; Victor Andres Machado will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.

Sincerely, Chris Jaensch

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Chris Jaensch

Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association. He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and served as Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. He was a member of City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee and has been active in several local organizations, including the influential Laurel Park Neighborhood Association in downtown Sarasota.

Mr. Jaensch has over 18 years of experience in the field of immigration and nationality law and focuses his practice on four primary categories (a) investors and entrepreneurs, (b) business executives, managers and professionals, (c) amateur and professional athletes and coaches and (d) performing artists and immigrants with extraordinary ability.

11 Comments on “Loss in the Family”

  1. 1 Alain Tran said at 1:28 am on March 7th, 2014:

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Victor was a very close friend of mine in Houston and my heart still aches to this day after hearing the news. He will be missed dearly by many lives that he has touched with his endearing personality. I would like to use some of your article to include it in an obituary in the local newspaper with the family’s approval. I would love to chat with you and/or Rebeca and reflect on what a wonderful man he was.

    Please email me at your earliest convenience.

    Alain Tran

  2. 2 Viktor Marinkovic said at 11:46 am on March 7th, 2014:

    My condolances to Machado family.
    My name is Viktor Marinkovic. I was Victor’s teammate and friend at Berry College. He was a dear friend and great person. I want to express my condolances to you and the family. We lost a great person, but a memory of his smile, joy, good heart and honest life will always live with me.
    My hearts and thoughts are with the Machado family.

  3. 3 Joyce Hannah said at 1:01 pm on March 7th, 2014:

    Victor’s passing is a blow to the business as well as to the family. I am sorry for your loss.

  4. 4 Ramon Carrion said at 2:19 pm on March 7th, 2014:

    Chris, I extend to you, your wife and the rest of Victor’s family, my sincerest condolences. Though I did not have the pleasure of meeting him personally he seems to have been a young man with a favorable impact on all those around him. May his memory bring you all comfort and serenity.

  5. 5 Mary Anne Servian said at 2:40 pm on March 7th, 2014:

    My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to you, your family and your firm. While I didn’t know Victor, his story is remarkable.
    Prayers for all
    Mary Anne

  6. 6 Sally Yeiser Mahan said at 8:13 pm on March 7th, 2014:

    To Vic’s family: My son, Beau, went to Berry College with Vic, and they were roommates for several years in GA and in FL. What a wonderful, beautiful young man! His humorous “newsletters” to his close friends were legendary…. this mom had to beg to see bits of them. When Beau needed a place to stay while looking for a condo in Sarasota, Vic let him stay with him, in a small effiency apt. We loved Vic… we’ll remember him often, and with much love. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family & friends.

  7. 7 Ana Ramirez said at 11:27 am on March 8th, 2014:

    You always will be in my prayers . Rest in peace !!

  8. 8 Claudia Reyes said at 1:40 pm on March 9th, 2014:

    I am deeply sorry : ( ……. May you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you. My prayers are with you and all the family. A special hug to Rebecca!
    I have great memories with Victor and I will always remember him with a big smile on his face! Lo Siento Mucho de Corazon! : ( : (

  9. 9 Ky Boyle said at 7:05 pm on March 9th, 2014:

    Chris, Firm and Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences on your loss.

    Our thoughts and especially our prayers are with you and your family.

    Ky Boyle
    CMB Regional Centers

  10. 10 Mary G. said at 10:15 pm on March 9th, 2014:

    I had the pleasure of working with Victor. He was always willing to help and train others. He also had a smile that would light up the room and a great sense of humor. He was a great listener and was always more interested in what you had to say than to talk about himself. He was humble and had a great heart. I admired him for that. I remember one Halloween party, someone coming over to talk to me and I could not recognize this person. I just gave him a weird look until he said, “it’s me, Victor.” I could not stop laughing because he has totally unrecognizable. He was dressed up as one of the member’s from the band Kiss wearing a big wig and his face was completely painted and he was wearing this outrageous outfit. It was hilarious.
    Victor, your contagious smile and kindness will always be remembered.

  11. 11 Rabbi Barbara Aiello said at 6:40 am on March 17th, 2014:

    Dear Chris and Everyone and Jaensch,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May Victor rest in peace in God’s loving arms.

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