OBITUARY

Carlos F. Gonzalez M.D.

May 26, 1930May 26, 2013

CARLOS F. GONZALEZ, M.D. “Medical Legacy” of Citrus County

Born – Ponce, Puerto Rico – May 26, 1930

Died – Crystal River, FL – May 26, 2013 (on his 83rd birthday)

Dr. Gonzalez, better known as “Dr. G”, became a polio victim at the age of 3. His family packed up and went to live in the mountains of Puerto Rico, living close to a fast moving river where he sat daily allowing him to fight his polio and overcome it. He was paralyzed and walked with crutches from that time until he was a freshman in College when he strengthened the muscles in his leg enough to eliminate his need for the crutches! In college, he participated in almost every sport that did not require running, including shot put, discus, swimming, and more; and was awarded many athletic medals.

While in Boston attending Tufts University, Dr. G met his bride, Helen, who was attending the Boston Conservatory of Music. They were married in Windsor, CT in 1952. Dr. G worked as an Occupational Therapist in CT from 1952 – 1955. In 1955, their first daughter, Laura, was born and they moved to Puerto Rico where he began Medical School. He received his M.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Puerto Rico in 1959. The family then moved to Ohio where Dr. G completed his medical internship and surgical residency, and their second daughter, Gloria, was born.

The family moved to St. Clair, MI in 1961 where Dr. G began his private medical practice. While in Michigan, he founded the River District Hospital, and with his wife, Helen, founded the St. Clair Theatre Guild - which is still active today.

The effects of polio on his leg haunted him, and he had to give up surgery due to the many hours of standing that it required. The harsh Michigan winters made walking very difficult and painful and the family, seeking a warmer climate, relocated to Crystal River, FL in 1971.

At that time, the only hospital in Citrus County was Citrus Memorial in Inverness and Dr. G would have to spend the night there many times each month while “On-Call”, as there were no ER physicians at that time. His wife, Helen, and their 2 daughters would take a picnic to the Hospital so that they could all have dinner together and their daughters would not forget their “Dad” who had to work so many hours.

Seeing the need for a hospital in Crystal River, Dr G founded 7 Rivers Hospital with his friend, Pete DeRosa, in 1978.

Dr. G was very active in the community and his involvement and accomplishments included: • Chief of Staff at 7 Rivers Community Hospital • Member of the 7 Rivers Community Hospital Steering Committee • Chairman of the Governing Board of the 7 Rivers Community Hospital • Member of the Citrus County Medical Society • Medical Director at Crystal River Geriatric Center • Staff Physician at Key Training Center • President of the Citrus-Hernando County Medical Society • Member of the Citrus County Health Planning Society • Member of the Inverness Elks Lodge • President of the Crystal River Rotary Club

His numerous accolades included: • Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice • Member of the American Medical Association • Member of the Florida Medical Association • Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society • Diplomate of the American Board of Chelation Therapy • F.A.A. Medical Examiner • Medical Examiner for various Insurance Companies • Member of the Beta Beta Beta Fraternity • Member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Fraternity

Whenever Dr. G had spare time, which was rare, he loved fishing, boating, scuba diving, and hunting. He had his private pilot license and enjoyed flying – even from Crystal River to Inverness to check on his patients. He had a love for classic cars and enjoyed listening to classical music.

Dr. Gonzalez is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen, and 2 daughters: Laura Horn (Dr. Roy) of Crystal River, FL, and Gloria Davenport (Tony) of Asheville, NC; grandson, Brett Mosley of Tallahassee, FL and siblings Jose “Quique” Gonzalez, Asheville, NC; Peter Gonzalez, Tallahassee, FL; Mercedes Fernandez, Jacksonville, FL and Marta Sandler, Boca Raton, FL. Dr. Gonzalez was preceded in death by a sister, Julia Gonzalez, in 1990.

Dr. Gonzalez touched many lives in Citrus County and will be deeply missed by his patients, colleagues, friends, and most of all, his loving family. He is definitely a True Legacy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thurs., May 30th at 1:00 P.M. at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Crystal River, with Fr. Ryszard Stradomski, Celebrant. Entombment will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens, Beverly Hills. Friends will be received on Wed., May 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Fero Funeral Home, Beverly Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. www.ferofuneralhome.com

Services

  • Friends Will Be Received Wednesday, May 29, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, May 30, 2013
  • Catholic Rite of Committal Thursday, May 30, 2013
REMEMBERING

Carlos F. Gonzalez M.D.

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June 20, 2013

We just heard about Carlos' death. We are so sorry. We always enjoyed visiting with him when we were in Florida. Our sympathy and prayers go out to the entire family at this difficult time. Love, Will and Jo Horn

Nancy and Paul Weber

June 11, 2013

My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. G. in October, 1992 soon after moving to Homosassa. I needed a Dr. and the first one didn't take new patients until March. I couldn't wait. I called Dr. G.'s office and they said be here by 10 AM. I was and for 20 years Dr. G. was our doctor. He led my husband through Open Heart Surgery in 1999. He recommended two cardiologists both who satisfied us.
He entered the examining room with a smile that radiated the joy that the practice of medicine brought to him. He made you feel much better and his conversations covered everything. For my husband to become a fan of a doctor took a great person and great doctor.
Dr. G. loved his wife beyond all measure. Helen was his angel and the light of his life, as were his children, but he loved the practice of medicine beyond everything. Helen appreciated that and he was beyond grateful for her steadfast support.
Helen and his daughters can be proud that he was their husband, father and we are thankful he was our doctor and friend. All will miss Dr. G. Finding another doctor is a great challenge..

Susan Tate

June 10, 2013

He will be missed by many .I couldnt have asked for a better Dr .He was so kind and caring. It's just doesnt seem like i should be saying this. I wish he was still HERE . Take care Helen& family GOD loves you

June 8, 2013

A truly amazing man and physician who will be greatly missed by his family and the community in which he lived and served! How fortunate we are that he was a part of our lives for so many years.
Roger and Jennifer Horn

dianne fisher

June 6, 2013

dr G. was my dr. since 1986 until a couple of months ago. he was a dedicated dr. to his practice. I will surely miss him. god bless his family .

Mr.& Mrs. Coffey

June 4, 2013

Our prayers go out to Helen and the girls.We have lived here for 35 yrs. and
Dr Gonzalez was our doctor most of those years. Rest in peace Dr.G

Chris Kwak

May 31, 2013

Although I did not know Dr.Gonzalez personally, I came to know him through his daughter, Laura, and husband, Dr. Horn, who is my doctor. I know that he was a blessed man with a lovely family who cared deeply for him. Sending my condolences to each of you. May you find peace in his legacy and continue with your work to carry it on. Thank you for all that you do.

Mary McDowell

May 30, 2013

My deepest condolences to the entire Gonzalez family. My heart and prayers go out to you. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.

Lynn Stolp

May 30, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Dr Gonzalez passing. What a truly wonderful man.He helped so many and always had a smile! I will miss the drug rep dinners with him and Helen over the years and hearing of their many wonderful adventures and the love they shared. My heart goes out to you Helen and your family.

Maura Wood-Norup

May 30, 2013

Dr Gonzalez was my Dr when I was a teenager....40 year's later I was still seeing him..He will be missed.