OBITUARY

Oscar A. del Portal, MD

April 17, 1946October 4, 2021

Dr. Oscar Alejandro del Portal, age 75, died at home October 4th surrounded by family after a battle with cancer and heart disease. Born in Havana, Cuba, he and his brother arrived in Miami in 1961 as refugees from Castro’s communist regime. They lived with a foster family in Cincinnati before reuniting with their parents in New Orleans in 1964. In 1965, he joined the U.S. Army. In 1967, he married Carmen Garcia, the love of his life, and was soon thereafter deployed to Vietnam from 1967-1968, where he served in combat with the 1st Infantry Division. He later became an advocate for others who, like he, suffered health effects from exposure to Agent Orange in the war. He pursued a career in health care, obtaining a degree in Biology from University of New Orleans, a degree in Pharmacy from Xavier University, and a Medical Doctorate from LSU School of Medicine. He completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Charity Hospital and built a successful private practice in New Orleans East. He delivered thousands of babies and was an esteemed member of the New Orleans medical community. Dr. del Portal quietly mentored countless young people who similarly dreamed of careers in health care. His proudest achievement was his family. He is survived by his wife Carmen, his daughter Carmen Liebkemann (Walter) and son Daniel (Anna), his 7 wonderful grandchildren (Sarah, Rosa, John, Benjamin, Alexander, Eva, Nicolas), his brother Carlos (Susan), and his loving extended family. A celebration of his life for family and friends will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. New Orleans, LA on October 24th at 10:30am, and a service will follow at noon. Masks are required. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 24, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, October 24, 2021

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Bertha Merchan

October 27, 2021

Dear Carmen and Family,
Sending you our deepest sympathy upon the loss of Oscar. You must feel so proud of all his accomplishments and the great person he was. We are not in town, so we wanted to let you know that you are in our prayers. May he Rest In Peace now. Francisco and Bertha Merchán.

Lincoln Pranikoff

October 24, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Carmen and family on the loss of Oscar - dedicated family man, physician, friend and patriot.
I had the privilege of knowing Oscar well - practicing in New Orleans East together for many years before and even after Hurricane Katrina.
So many wonderful memories: operating together (with Elvis playing in the background), lunch at R&O's, cruising in the '61 Caddy and of course hearing so many wonderful, poignant tales from a compelling life story.
Oscar had so many qualities - he was a smart, funny, compassionate and loyal person who found such a complementary partner in Carmen.
Above all, I will remember Oscar most for his humility despite his tremendous life accomplishments. I feel blessed that our lives crossed paths in such a meaningful way.

Lincoln Pranikoff

Frances Ivker

October 21, 2021

Dear Carmen and Family,
It was an honor to share a medical career with Oscar. The untold hours we shared waiting for babies to come. The operative skills and consultations we shared was invaluable. His wide ranging intellect was amazing and fun to share, even if we didn't always agree, we could share with respect and friendship. He was a proud and true American patriot without forgetting his Cuban roots. We will miss our dinners and discussions .
Love always, Fran and Barry Ivker

Karen Washington

October 15, 2021

Remembering the great times we shared for years before Hurricane Katrina. We were a family at PMMH. God Bless the del Portal family and thank you for sharing your love one with us. Doc, may you R.I.P.

V Danna

October 12, 2021

As a patient of Dr. Del Portal for years up until Hurricane Katrina, I am honored to have known such a wonderful compassionate doctor. He was there with me the whole way trying to have babies and finally delivered my 2 healthy baby boys. Thank you for never letting me give up on trying and fighting with me. May god bless his family.

Luis Felipe y Matilde MOSQUERA

October 11, 2021

Dear Carmen and family
Good memories are forever.
The last one with Oscar and Carmen was in Crescent City Steak House , New Orleans ( One of your favorites )
The food was delicious and the best your company.
With love
Luis Felipe y Matilde

Jacqueline Mae Goldberg

October 10, 2021

Carmen,

Sending you my deepest sympathy and most heartfelt condolences upon the loss of your beloved husband, Oscar.

May his memory be for a blessing.

Jackie

Jose Meliton

October 10, 2021

My wife Elena and I are honored to have Doña Carmen in our lives through music, as I teach her how to play the piano. She is a wonderful student, and a very brilliant lady, devoted to reaching for the beauty of life. It is through her that we have also been honored to meet Don Óscar. They spent years together, just like we have. It is hard to find people of their spiritual stature, generosity of spirit, kindness, fun nature, and delightfulness. They are an example for us to follow as a couple. Don Óscar now rests in peace for eternity, as he is in the hands of God. May he keep Doña Carmen always content, and at peace. Love, Elena and Jose.

Martha y Moises Yoselevitz

October 10, 2021

We are very blessed because Oscar was in our lives and we have so many wonderful memories!!!He was a wonderful human being 🙏🏻He’s in our hearts forever ❤️🙏🏻Love you great friend!!! Martha y Moises Yoselevitz 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Elsa María Rodriguez Chesnut

October 10, 2021

Oscar, you were the best family friend a family could have. My parents loved you and your beautiful family like their own. You are one of a kind and have extraordinary story. Growing up I remember you just being so cool and the love you and Carmen had. We’re thankful having you in our lives and will miss it . You were always there iwe needed you no matter what. You delivered Christian and we are forever grateful for that. You hold a special place in our hearts but especially in Christians heart. You and Papi gave me the nickname negrita and I will miss hear it even tho I would cringe time to time when y’all called me that in public 😂
We love you always from the bottom of our hearts. You are forever in our hearts ♥️
Cariño. Elsa, Pablo, Raul, Christian, Randy y Elsita La Negrita

FROM THE FAMILY