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Last Men Standing

At 114 years old J.C. Newman Cigar Co. is the only big company still making cigars in Tampa, the Florida tobacco center that once rolled 500 million cigars a year
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Hugh Grant, November/December 2009

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The Newmans remain very active in the charitable work, a pursuit which began with grandmother, Gladys. Eric and Carlos Fuente Jr. are principals in the Cigar Family School, which provides hope for underprivileged children living in the Dominican Republic. Bobby is chairman of the heritage society for Southeastern Guide Dogs, a charity that brings guide dogs to the visually impaired. Eric also serves as chairman of the Cigar Association of America and takes pride in the internal council provided by his son, Drew, a 28- year-old lawyer who holds no official title at J.C. Newman.

There's little quit in the Newmans. Founder J.C. died after driving home from work at the age of 82, and his son Stanford died at the age of 90, having suffered a heart attack in his office.

Cigars have been a part of the family for more than a century, and Tampa has been its home for 65 years. Expect that to continue for quite some time. Tampa, says Eric Newman, "has a special place in our hearts."

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