Today, October 19th, but from 1919, Francisco González Cueto was born in the old neighborhood of Pueblo Nuevo, in Havana, known by family and friends as Paquito; He was the youngest of six brothers.
So that Paquito could study his mother, he works in a shoe store or in a cigar factory, facing daily the difficult situation of having to support his six children. He began his studies at the school No. 33 of Monte y Pila; When they moved to Correa between San Indalecio and Rabbi, he enrolled at No. 41, located on Calzada de Octubre 10th and Cocos, where he was in sixth grade when he was killed.
He was a restless child, of a jovial character, always in a good mood; He liked movies a lot and, like most boys of his age, he played ball and danced very well, mainly son, which was fashionable at the time. He played for a long time with small children in the neighborhood and was very fond of animals.
One of Paquito’s most outstanding qualities was generosity. Despite living in extreme poverty, he always found a place to share what he had with others who were in worse conditions. Despite being cheerful and sharing normally with children his age, he had an early ideological training.
He was beginning to be a young man (a little man, as his mother would say) when he joined the Pioneer League, back in 1933, shortly after being founded by the Communist Party. His admission opened new possibilities. Now Paquito read, in addition to the newspaper, the propaganda of the youth that came to his hands.
That same year, 1933, the ashes of the great anti-imperialist leader Julio Antonio Mella, murdered in Mexico, had arrived in Cuba. The workers, at the head of which the Communist Party was, gave him an honor guard. Paquito actively participated in the pioneering work and there was no lack of any of the demonstrations, strikes and other popular mobilizations, although to receive maternal authorization he had to make great efforts.
The mother, knowing the danger that lurked in those moments of struggle, tried to dissuade him, but Paquito was determined, brave and determined, and was willing to fulfill the commitments with his organization and with his homeland.
This attitude was evident on the day that Mella’s ashes were to be buried at the foot of the monument erected in the Fraternity Park. At the moment when Paquito and his brother Julio were going down the stairs, the mother told them: «You have to be careful, these people are capable of killing even the children» and Julio asked «Do you want to go, Paquito?» He answered resolutely: «Mella has died for the Revolution and my duty is to go, even if they kill me.»
In Reina No. 403 he made an honor guard with other pioneers, but when the leaders of the League took them from the premises to a house where they were not in danger, Paquito left without being seen and carrying a sign where he read: “Down with the imperialism”and stood in front of the place where the burial would come from.
There he found death, in front of the local Pioneer League he loved so much, on September 29th, 1933, when he was barely thirteen years old. Thus died that exemplary child, the memory of the pioneer-martyr Francisco González Cueto, his strength, responsibility and courage, are and will always be examples for the José Martí Pioneer Organization, which have in this child a paradigm for all time.