Jose Ricardo Cortes De Lavalle

March 5, 1988July 2, 2019
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Jose Ricardo Cortes De Lavalle, age 31, of Hallandale Beach, Florida passed away on Tuesday July 2, 2019. Jose was born March 5, 1988 in Colombia.

A visitation for Jose will be held Sunday, July 7, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Forest Lawn Funeral Home South, 2401 Southwest 64th Avenue, Davie, Florida 33317. A funeral service will occur Sunday, July 7, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2401 Southwest 64th Avenue, Davie, Florida 33317. A burial will occur Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens South, 2401 Southwest 64th Avenue, Davie, Florida 33317.

Jose will be dearly missed.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Cortes DeLavalle family.


  • Alvaro Quntero
  • Daniel Cortes
  • Rafael DeLavalle
  • Julian DeLavalle
  • Rafael DeLavalle Jr.
  • Jose F. DeLavalle
  • Jose R. DeLavalle
  • Enrique DeLavalle


  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • Committal Service Sunday, July 7, 2019


Jose Ricardo Cortes De Lavalle

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Fernando Plata

July 7, 2019

Papo y Familia Cortés De Lavalle,

Desde Cali y con inmenso dolor les mandamos un abrazo fraterno de solidaridad.
En momento así es difícil comprender la vulnerabilidad humana y la inmensidad divina. Nos hacemos uno con Uds. en su duelo y les enviamos bendiciones y abrazos de afecto.

Carolina Quintero y Fernando Plata


July 7, 2019

Jose Ricardo, amado nuestro: tu partida tan sorpresiva y prematura para toda esta familia, ha inundado nuestros corazones de un dolor inconsolable.

“Jose Ricardo” es el primero que se ha ido partido de la generación Cortés Cantín. La huella imborrable de su sonrisa y un corazón jóven, lleno de amor y de futuro prometedor ha sido interrumpida. Hoy lo despedimos y auque todos no estamos allá presentes, si con seguridad y sinceridad absoulta los estamos de corazón acompañando.

Ha quedado un vacio, que es casi imposible de llenar en estos días tan fuertes y además de ser un vacio irreconciliable por su misma naturaleza; nos queda la esperanza que con el paso del tiempo, el amor de Dios, la fortaleza que nos dará y la paz que en algún momento o talvez desde ya podremos albergar en nuestros corazones será quizás lo que nos permitirá llegar a entender que talvez Dios ha permitirdo que esto ocurra con un propósito que él mismo nos ayudara a comprender. “José Ricardo” como ser humano era un muchacho bueno y amigable y sabemos con claridad que amaba a Dios y sabemos también que el Señor lo tiene en su gloria desde el día de su partida.

Ahora, solo es posible afirmar que nos une un pasado aún reconciliable y un presente que aunque en el momento nos aleja, también aún es reconciliable al tener expectativas por un futuro en el que solo quepa el amor. Hoy, hay un denominador común en nosotros talvez demarcado no solamente por haber compartido tantos momentos de infancia felices con “Jose Ricardo” sino, por el proceso de restauración que Dios hará. Cuando creemos que el epiritu es eterno y que la muerte es para vida nuestra perspectiva podría tomar otro rumbo. Esto pareciera muy fácil pero como padres que somos no quisierámos nunca vivirlo así y es por eso que nuestra solidaridad mas profunda para con Gina, Daniel y para mi hermano Richard (y su dolor por no haber podido alcanzarlos). Extensiva soilidaridad a Papo y la familia De Lavalle. Paz, Paz...Shalom....

Ma.Claudia Cortes

July 6, 2019

My name is Maria Claudia Cortes, Jose Ricardo’s aunt, and I would like to share a story that, although simple, contains a lot of significance.

Jota was around 4 years old when he came to the US to spend his vacation with his grandparents and with us. Since it was the winter, we decided to go look for snow. Jota, who lived in Barranquilla, a place where you would never see snow, was very excited and happy at the sight of the snow. Next thing we noticed, Jota was stuffing his pockets with snow. When we asked him what he was doing, he responded: “Well my brother, Daniel, has never seen snow and I just want to bring him a little.”

This small moment stuck with my heart because it demonstrates the huge heart that Jota had even from such a young age.
I love You, Jota

Jean Virgile

July 5, 2019

Jose, since the day I interviewed you at the transfer center I knew you'd be a good fit. And I was right. You made an impact on all of us. From the way you laughed, times when you'd make us cuban coffee in the middle of the night and being there for important moments. When you left, we talked about you almost every shift and was glad to hear your voice on the phone. You will definitely be missed by your transfer center family... My workout partner and a brother from another mother. I'll train harder for you from now on. R.I.P.

Jamnetty Diaz

July 5, 2019

I was having a difficult time putting words together and I didn’t think that I would end up being able to write anything at all because the last time we spoke, you said “Life is too precious, Jam Jam”. From the first time we met at our CCT EMT class to becoming dispatchers and most importantly friends, you reminded me of my strengths. You never lacked motivational words. Even when we went two years without seeing each other, the moment you saw me you greeted me with a smile and a tight hug. But that’s just who you were. Always kind and caring. Always laughing that laugh of yours. I only regret not being more present in the past few months. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Rest In Peace, friend.

Orlando Hernandez

July 4, 2019

I had the pleasure to train Jose when he applied to work at Miami Dade Ambulance Dispatch Center and then spoke to him every other day when he made the move to the Baptist transfer center. Our hearts and prayers are with the Cortes family during this difficult time.

Jenny Garcia

July 4, 2019

My Cortes!!! Rest In Peace, this is how I want to remember you. Thank you for all the great memories and love you showed me. Thank you for always making me laugh, and always having a great vibe. I’ll most definitely miss your laugh, and your kindness. You didn’t deserve to leave just yet, you had so many plans, I’m still in shock and can’t believe you’re gone. 2 months ago we reunited, and had a beer and spoke about all we’ve accomplished, after not seeing each other for years !!! You were so proud that I finally finished nursing school, and you told me I would pass my boards. And guess what?? I SURE DID! Thank you for believing in me. ♥️ Cheers in heaven, till we meet again 🍻

Meghan Vargo

July 4, 2019

I had the pleasure of knowing Jose through American Ambulance. He was a humorous guy with a big heart. Always made Cuban coffee for us all.
My condolences to his entire family and to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Jose, you will be truly missed.

Marissa Villafane

July 4, 2019

Jose was my husband Fabian best friend but he became my best friend as well I had so many memory with him listening to rock music hanging out drinking a few beers it hurt my heart because he talk to me 2 days before he pass he is a loving person and always had big dreams he wanted to accomplish I know he is with Jesus Christ right now in a better place he is a man of God and always loved his mother very much I know he watching over all of us and that he is a truly a blessing from God he has impact so many lives and he will never be forgotten I love Cortez u will always be in my heart

Elizabeth Quintero

July 3, 2019

My name is Elizabeth Quintero , I had the honor of knowing Jose , but I always called him Cortes. I worked with him at American Ambulance and then he recently started working with me at Baptist. (I was so happy we worked together) He was a sweet, bright young man. Full of life and love. Great spirit and always laughing or cracking jokes (all day) & munching out at Whole Foods . We’d jam out to rock music when it wasn’t busy & He’d make me coffee all the time , we’d talk about everything , even life . He meant a lot to me . Such a dope soul.. I will miss you dearly ! See you later kiddd .