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Updated: 03/03/2014 08:00:00AM

Man served 7 presidents in 44-year career

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Valet and Master Chief Ricardo Sanvictores, center, is flanked in this 1993 photo by four of the seven presidents the North Port man served during the 30 years he worked in the White House. From left, President Jimmy Carter, President George H.W. Bush, Sanvictores, President Bill Clinton and President Gerald Ford.

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President Ronald Reagan shakes Sanvictores' hand in January 1983. The president had requested he wear his maser chief's Navy uniform for the photo.

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Adm. John S. McCain Jr., second from left, stands next to a young Ricardo Sanvictores, his wife Carmen, and two of their three children, Ricardo Jr. and Sarah.

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President George H.W. Bush pins a Navy Commendation Medal on Ricardo Sanvictores during a White House ceremony on Sept. 5, 1990.

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Ricardo Sanvictores today at 75.

By DON MOORE

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Master Chief and Valet Ricardo Sanvictores of North Port had two jobs during his 44-year Naval career. First, he was steward for Adm. John S. McCain Jr. — father of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — for 14 years. Then, after the admiral retired, he was invited to join the White House staff as cook, butler and valet. He served seven presidents, from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, for 30 years.

In the U.S. Navy, if you were of Filipino descent, you had a good chance of becoming a steward or valet to a senior government employee, which was a long-standing tradition stretching back to the Spanish-American War. That’s what happened to Sanvictores.

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