Eight Bells: Gonzalo Diaz

Published on March 5th, 2023

Gonzalo Diaz

Gonzalo Eduardo Diaz (92) of Miami, Florida passed away at home, surrounded by family on Thursday, March 3rd, 2023.

Gonzalo, known to his grandchildren as “Abo”, and as “The Old Man” by sailors and friends around the world, was born to Saul and Rosario Diaz on April 1st, 1930, in Havana, Cuba. He was a devoted husband and father and a humble, selfless man of few words with a strong faith in God.

Gonzalo fled Communist Cuba in 1964 for a better life for his family. After settling in Miami, together with his brother Saul, Gonzalo started Med-Lab, a diagnostic imaging solutions company. He was deeply devoted to his loving wife Carmen and his entire family.

Gonzalo also loved sailing. Despite his impressive individual accomplishments in the sport, he will unequivocally be remembered for catalyzing his own obsession into that of many young sailors and for single-handedly keeping the Snipe fleet alive.

Gonzalo was preceded in death by his parents Saul and Rosario, and brother Saul. He is survived by his wife Carmen; three children Gonzo, Augie and Ani; eight grandchildren Daniela, Veronica, Lucas, Gonzalo, Adrian, Annelli, Arturo, and Augie; and eight great grandchildren Lucy, Henry, Alexa, Monica, Gonzalo, Gabriel, George, and Hawkins.

Services will be held Monday, March 6th from 6-11pm at Caballero Rivero Westchester – 8200 Bird Road (Viewing) and Tuesday, March 7th at 1:30pm at St Augustine Catholic Church – 1400 Miller Road (Mass), followed by interment at 3pm at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn South – 11655 SW 117 Ave. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Miami Learning Experience would be appreciated.

Carmen and Gonzalo Diaz.

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