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Fernando Labastida

Obituary for Fernando Labastida

November 24, 1936 - January 11, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 81


Fernando Labastida was born in Mexico City on November 24, 1936, to his adoring parents, Fernando and Pilar Labastida. He passed peacefully surrounded by love in Austin, TX on January 11, 2018. He was a shining star in the lives of his parents, 4 younger brothers and younger sister and his many aunts, uncles, cousins and his two grandmothers. After getting a law degree at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), he went to SMU in Dallas to get a master's in international law. While there, he met his wife of almost 54 years, Nancy Davis, whose father was one of his professors at the SMU School of Law.

Fernando and Nancy married in Dallas and moved to Mexico City, where Fernando was working for the law firm of Baker, Botts & Miranda. After just 7 months, Fernando got the job of his dreams with the United Nations Secretariat in the legal office, and thus began a wonderful 13 years in Manhattan, where his two beloved children were born. At the UN Fernando specialized in the Law of the Sea, and eventually he transferred to the International Maritime Organization, a UN agency in London. Fernando stayed with IMO until retirement. After retirement, he and Nancy moved to Austin to be nearer their children and grandchildren. Fernando later received an appointment to UNESCO in Paris as a magistrate. He went to Paris twice a year to hear cases and make wise decisions. At UNESCO he made many lasting friendships that he cherished. He also perfected his French and enjoyed French food and culture.

Fernando was a man with a brilliant mind and an inner peace and balance. He lived his life with integrity and unconditional love for his family. He was at all times a gentleman and was kind and respectful to everyone he met, and for this he was admired and liked by all. He was known for his love of art, music, and literature, and his amazing knowledge of history. He spoke and read three languages, Spanish, English and French. During his lifetime, he was able to visit art museums in many cities all over the world, and he knew all about most of the paintings before seeing them because of his extensive study of art books. He was well known at the Blanton Museum in Austin, where he went every Thursday for years, making lasting friendships with many staff members.

Fernando was born Mexican, and he died Mexican. He loved his country, its culture, its food and the Spanish language. He had a very positive, sunny outlook, and he lived a happy life. He was a true example of a life well lived.

Fernando was predeceased by his parents, who he held up as an example all his life and by his brothers Gerardo Labastida and Ruben Labastida.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Davis Labastida, who is so grateful for the life they had together and by his children, who he loved so dearly, son, Fernando Augusto Labastida and his wife, Yamilett Labastida, who was like a daughter, and by his daughter, Nanette Labastida. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, who adored him: Fernando Xavier, Adriana, Alejandro, Eduardo Labastida, and Claudia Fiammetta, and Gabriel Scalzo.. Finally, he is survived by his two brothers: Jorge and Julio, and by his sister: Maria del Pilar Labastida and by many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and in-laws, all of whom loved and respected him.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel in Austin.

The family wants to extend our profound gratitude to the Heart Hospital of Austin and the doctors and nurses who have cared for Fernando for 8 years with outstanding professionalism combined with loving tenderness.

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