Jorge Antonio Lagueruela of Trinity, North Carolina, passed away on August 11th, 2021 at the age of 64 in Asheboro at The Randolph Hospice House, following a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was surrounded by his loved ones who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.
Jorge was born in Havana, Cuba, on October 6, 1956, and came with his mother, Dora Portuondo Wyatt, father, Francisco Javier Lagueruela, sister, brothers, uncle, and cousins to the United States in 1960.
Jorge attended High Point University and played on the men’s soccer team for two years. He then began serving HPU as the Student Government Vice President until he graduated a member of the Order of the Lighted lamp in 1979. After graduation, Jorge applied his Business Administration degree at American Machine & Foundry, first with AMF Hatteras Yachts for three years and then with AMF Marine International for two years.
Jorge married his fellow classmate and love of his life, Debra Dorland, on September 6, 1980, in Bethesda, Maryland. Together, they had three wonderful children: Megan, Evan and Eric.
In 1984 he co-founded Trinity Furniture, Inc. where he has been the president for 37 years. Jorge has received many awards and accolades including the Small Business Administration’s North Carolina Minority Small Business Person of the Year (1992), a four-time recipient of the Business Journal Fast 50, 2008 U.S. Department of Commerce Exporter of the Year, the Business Journal top ranked Hispanic Business of the Year (several years running) and the 2014 HPU Alumnus of the Year award. An active board member with the Archdale-Trinity YMCA and Randolph Community College, Jorge was also very active with Hopewell United Methodist Church, serving on the Board of Trustees and as a member of the choir.
Jorge’s pride was his family, and he had a way of making everyone he met know that they meant the world to him. He was an avid cyclist participating in the Cycle North Carolina Mountains to the Coast ride multiple times. He was also a passionate HPU athletics and Carolina Panthers fan.
Jorge is survived by his wife Debra, daughter Megan of Greensboro, son Evan and his wife Ali and their son Owen of High Point and son Eric of Durham. He has a sister, Dori Badura of Texas, and 2 brothers Frank (‘Cisco’) of Ecuador and Jaime of Winston-Salem.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, August 19th, 2021, at 6 p.m. at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point. A live stream will be available for those who can’t attend at https://wmchurch.online.church
In remembrance of Jorge’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in his name.
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