OBITUARY

Louis R. Diaz

August 22, 1960July 1, 2019
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Louis R. Diaz, 58, passed away July 1, 2019 at his home in Orange Park, FL. He was born August 22, 1960 in Bronx, New York, the son of Elizabeth Quinones and Atanacio Diaz, who are both deceased. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, class of 1979. He attended Manhattan College before joining the U.S Navy. Louis served in the U.S. Navy from October 1982-January 1991. Louis met his wife, Kenda, in August of 1987 while they were both stationed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They married a year later in August 1988. Once out of the Navy, he began his career in the insurance industry, where he would work for the next 27 years. He began his insurance career in 1991 at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Philadelphia. In September 1992, Louis and his wife, Kenda, moved to Jacksonville, FL where he began working for Mass Mutual. Louis finished his degree at Jones College where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. The insurance companies that Louis worked for during his 27 years of being in his career include Principle, Av Med, Humana, Aetna, Knights of Columbus, and Modern Woodmen of America. For the past five years, Louis worked for United Healthcare, where he had his own Medicare Business. Louis was bilingual and enjoyed serving the Hispanic Community. His achievements include being #1 Sales Representative for various companies. The insurance industry was Louie’s passion, he enjoyed helping his clients. He often commented that he never felt like he was working because he loved his job so much. Louis lived for and loved his wife and three daughters. He was their biggest supporter. He was a loving husband and an amazing father. His girls will have him in their hearts forever. Louis also had a Yorkie, Lola he bought for his daughters. Lola misses him dearly. Since he grew up in New York, Louis was a fan of all New York teams. He loved the Yankees, the Knicks, the Giants, and especially the Rangers. He played many sports including hockey, baseball, basketball, and football. He has a love for music, he loved the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. He also loved history and loved watching movies. He enjoyed playing the guitar, and the drums. Louis first began playing instruments by teaching himself, and later began attending lessons for piano, guitar and drums. He practiced his guitar daily and recently began writing songs. He enjoyed playing his songs and instruments for his family and friends. Louis is preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Quinones, and his father, Atanacio DIaz. Louis is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Kenda Diaz, and three daughters, Kaylyn, Savannah, and Alaina. His sister, Arlene Cintron-Glasthal and her three children, Christian, Julian, and Kiahni. Louis is also survived by his many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins, mother-in-law, Ruth Elliott and father-in-law, Kenneth Elliott. His three brother-in-law’s and three nieces and two nephews, as well as three great-nephews.

The Viewing will be held at Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home in Orange Park, FL from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Middleburg, FL. Burial Services will be at Jacksonville National Cemetery with military honors. Pallbearers will be Paul Elliott, Shannon Elliott, Israel Castro JR., Alex Castro, David Knapp, and Daniel Burdetsky.

  • FAMILY

  • Louis is preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Quinones, and his father, Atanacio DIaz. Louis is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Kenda Diaz, and three daughters, Kaylyn, Savannah, and Alaina. His sister, Arlene Cintron-Glasthal and her three children, Christian, Julian, and Kiahni. Louis is also survived by his many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins, mother-in-law, Ruth Elliott and father-in-law, Kenneth Elliott. His three brother-in-law’s and three nieces and two nephews, as well as three great-nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Paul Elliott
  • Shannon Elliott
  • Israel Castro Jr.
  • Alex Castro
  • David Knapp
  • Daniel Burdetsky

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Graveside Thursday, July 11, 2019

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Arlene Cintron-Glasthal

July 20, 2019

Louis was my big brother and my only sibling. I grew up in the Bronx with him calling him Rocky along with mother Elizabeth, I have so many fond memories of him. I remember him loving Rock n Roll. All day in his room he would play albums of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead. It would drive me nuts because I listened to Disco and Soul music. Yet, now I sing a long to many of those songs embedded in my head and appreciate the genre. He taught me how to tie my shoe laces too. My brother named me Arlene. He always reminded me of that and we would laugh so hard. I know Louie, I know thank you. I will forever miss him. Until we meet again know that I will love you forever.♥️ Te Amo.♥️

pat drake

July 18, 2019

My prayers to the Diaz Family. I had the privilege to have met Lou , when he helped me with my Health Insurance . This came to be a loss of a great person.

There will be a light for him to shine in his glory and may he look upon us to protect his love ones in their time of grief .

Again my prayers are always on my list of faith , hope, and love to all.
He is truly missed. Pat- A Senior

Joanne Bascetta

July 11, 2019

To the Diaz Family
I'm saddened of his loss. I didnt know Louis personally its 10 years on FB through Orlando O. who is my Facebook friend. Louis had in common the NY Yankees, and had humor.
My condolences and prayers sent out from NY

Carol Locke

July 9, 2019

I had the pleasure of knowing "Louie" from my work in insurance and also from his daughter being in band with my daughter Ashley. He was always full of energy and would for sure find a way to make everyone laugh when he was around.
He will be dearly missed by many. Prayers to all his beautiful family.
Carol and Ashley Locke

Diana Pinott

July 8, 2019

Luis, as we all knew him as "Rocky," was the only son of my parents friend Elizabeth. My father taught "Rocky," how to play Chess as a teenager and he was always such a responsible brother to Arlene and loved to "hang out," with my dad. This past year his sister Arlene found me via facebook and my parents had the chance to re-connect with Rocky. It made my parents extremely happy to hear that he was married and spoke of his wife and 3 daughters with so much love and joy in his heart.
Rocky, we will miss you and your family is in our prayers.

Love,

Victor and Ana Pinott and our family.

Beverly Thompson

July 7, 2019

I did not know Louis personally but I send my condolences to the Diaz family as a friend of his sister. She always spoke highly of him and was proud of him in his business success and his dedication to his family. May light perpetual shine on his eternal soul. May he rest in peace.

Peter Gavin

July 7, 2019

Louis and I went to Cardinal Hayes H.S. and Manhattan College for a cup of coffee (or maybe it was a pint of beer). We talked about sports, music, books. A genuinely funny, decent, good guy. We lost touch through the decades but reconnected on FB. I’m so happy that we did... I’m so sorry for your immense loss and pain. I pray that you can find some measure of comfort knowing that the man you love was always the best guy in the room.

Savannah Diaz

July 7, 2019

My dad was my best friend, an amazing father. My favorite memories with him are traveling for work, being able to go on appointments with him for work, and working out with him. I love you daddy! Until we see you again ❤️

Kaylyn Diaz

July 7, 2019

My dad was an exceptional man. My favorite memory is a recent one where i begged him to watch this documentary on minimalism & he looked up at me and said “I’m a maximalist.” We laughed for a good 5 minutes. That was my dad though. Extra and hilarious. And i will miss him until the day i get to see him again. love you daddy

Jacob & Rosa Grgurich

July 7, 2019

Our condolences to Kenda, Kaylyn, Savannah and Alaina, Louie's love for his family was infinite. Rosa and I met Louie and Kenda while we were all stationed at the Philadelphia Naval Base in 1986. The four of us were instant friends and have remained in touch ever since. We shared life events, memories, and a military history together. Louie became more than a friend he was our Shipmate. Fair well and following seas Shipmate. Below E. J. Jernigan’s defines a Shipmate.
“Shipmate is an honorable word that is earned, not given. Being called a shipmate is the highest compliment one can earn in this life. Shipmate is a word equal to none in the English language. It is filled with courage, love, duty, honor, and country. It is a bond forged in storms, battles, adversity, and victory, and it is equaled only by man's love for his wife and family”.

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Biography

Louis R. Diaz, 58, passed away July 1, 2019 at his home in Orange Park, FL. He was born August 22, 1960 in Bronx, New York, the son of Elizabeth Quinones and Atanacio Diaz, who are both deceased. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, class of 1979. He attended Manhattan College before joining the U.S Navy. Louis served in the U.S. Navy from October 1982-January 1991. Louis met his wife, Kenda, in August of 1987 while they were both stationed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They married a year later in August 1988. Once out of the Navy, he began his career in the insurance industry, where he would work for the next 27 years. He began his insurance career in 1991 at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Philadelphia. In September 1992, Louis and his wife, Kenda, moved to Jacksonville, FL where he began working for MassMutual. Louis finished his degree at Jones College where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. The insurance companies that Louis worked for during his 27 years of being in his career include Principle, AvMed, Humana, Aetna, Knights of Columbus, and ModernWoodmen of America. For the past five years, Louis worked for UnitedHealthcare, where he had his own Medicare Business. Louis was bilingual and enjoyed serving the Hispanic Community. His achievements include being #1 Sales Representative for various companies. The insurance industry was Louie’s passion, he enjoyed helping his clients. He often commented that he never felt like he was working because he loved his job so much. Louis lived for and loved his wife and three daughters. He was their biggest supporter. He was a loving husband and an amazing father. His girls will have him in their hearts forever. Louis also had a Yorkie, Lola he bought for his daughters. Lola misses him dearly. Since he grew up in New York, Louis was a fan of all New York teams. He loved the Yankees, the Knicks, the Giants, and especially the Rangers. He played many sports including hockey, baseball, basketball, and football. He has a love for music, he loved the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. He also loved history and loved watching movies. He enjoyed playing the guitar, and the drums. Louis first began playing instruments by teaching himself, and later began attending lessons for piano, guitar and drums. He practiced his guitar daily and recently began writing songs. He enjoyed playing his songs and instruments for his family and friends. Louis is preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Quinones, and his father, Atanacio DIaz. Louis is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Kenda Diaz, and three daughters, Kaylyn, Savannah, and Alaina. His sister, Arlene Cintron-Glasthal and her three children, Christian, Julian, and Kiahni. Louis is also survived by his many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins, mother-in-law, Ruth Elliott and father-in-law, Kenneth Elliott. His three brother-in-law’s and three nieces and two nephews, as well as three great-nephews.

The Viewing will be held at Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home in Orange Park, FL from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Middleburg, FL. Burial Services will be at Jacksonville National Cemetery with military honors. Pallbearers will be Paul Elliott, Shannon Elliott, Israel Castro JR., Alex Castro, David Knapp, and Daniel Burdetsky.