Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez died at 8:53am on Thursday, April 4, 2013, in an auto accident south of Sarasota, Florida; he died instantly from the impact of the auto-collision. He was 73 years old. He is survived by his wife of 49 years Maria Lucia, his three daughters, Sylvia Paris, Cristina Cárdenas, and Ana Maria Smith. He is also survived by his sister Gloria Gonzalez as well as by his sons- in-law Carlos Cárdenas and Adam Smith. He is survived by his twelve grandchildren: William Martinez, Nicolas Martinez, Alexandra Cárdenas, Juliana Cárdenas, Gabriela Cárdenas, Melissa Martinez, Nicolas Cárdenas, Baden Smith, Bianca Smith, Lucas Cárdenas, Beaumont Smith, and Blake Smith as well as by his great-grandsons, Kingston Martinez and Maxim Martinez.
He was a beautiful, honorable, ever-providing man who loved each and every one of his family until the very moment he died; he was the patriarch. He was a talented, well-respected neurosurgeon who was admired and loved by all those who knew him and who had the opportunity to work with him. He was adored by his patients, many of whom had a second chance at life because of his talented hands. He practiced for over twenty years as a partner at Fort Wayne Neurological Center. In Florida, he worked as Medical Director of Procedural Medical Solutions (a PICC line business he started with his daughter Ana Maria Smith, RN). His family will miss him dearly; they hold him in their hearts forever, will remember him with their every last breath…for he touched everyone in unique ways.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 12, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church, 3930 17th Street, Sarasota Florida. A reception will be held at Miramar Clubhouse, 8321 Miramar Way, Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202 immediately following the service. Dr. Gonzalez’s ashes will later be buried at sea in a private ceremony. The family requests that any remembrances (in lieu of flowers) be sent in the form of donations to the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.