OBITUARY

Angel Gonzalez

December 22, 1951April 3, 2021

Angel Gonzalez, Jr., age 69, died peacefully after losing his battle to cancer on April 3, 2021. Angel was the rock of his family and is missed tremendously. He was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated with his family to Tampa, FL as a young boy. He graduated from Plant High School. Angel met the love of his life, Gail Crisafulli, while he attended Hillsborough Community College. Angel and Gail married in 1975 and settled in Bonita Springs, FL to eventually raise their family of four children. They remained in Bonita Springs, until relocating to Gulf Breeze, FL in 2005.

He put his heart and soul into most everything he did. Angel had the gift of connecting with people. Whether it was the work of running his own sod business (Sod Unlimited), or selling insurance for Metlife and The Franklin, he knew how to leave a lasting impression by being his true self and bringing positivity to those he met. Angel loved the game of baseball, from childhood through college, then spent many years coaching little league and umpiring for local teams. He was also an avid golfer, always aiming for the best score and usually winning. He balanced his competitive nature with his kindness. Giving his all to family, Angel made sure that his children’s and grandchildren’s needs were always met. Lending a helping hand to others always came naturally to him.

Angel is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gail Crisafulli-Gonzalez, and four children, Cassandra Smith (Joshua), Lauren Gonzalez, Mary-Elizabeth Adamson (“Jerry”), Sam Gonzalez (Lacy). He is also survived by his ten loving grandchildren: Denise, Lilly, Haley, Nicholas, Allison, Benjamin, Delaney, Gavin, Olivia and Esme. There are no words to describe how greatly he will be missed. Funeral services arranged at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel on Sunday, April 11, 2021 with viewing from 1:00-2:00, and service at 2:00. Reception to follow at Bayview. Due to Covid precautions, the family requests that masks be required during services. The family requests that any donations be made to Southern Poverty Law Center, or Waterfront Rescue Mission in Pensacola, FL.

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021

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eithne drinan

April 11, 2021

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis" - May his precious soul be on the right hand side of God.

Wonderful memories of fun, faith, food and family. When I make my cafe con leches am right back in your kitchen in Puopolo Lane! It was an honour and blessing to have you in our lives, thank for your friendship, kindness and love.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Rest in Peace Angel

Eithne & Clann

Diarmaid Alsandair

April 8, 2021

Fond and beautiful memories of a great Angel of a man and his amazingly wonderful and fantabulous family. The joyful parties, dinners and amazing barbecues spent in the warmest company ever in Bonita, Fort Myers, Sanibel and the Panhandle. My heart is broken and goes out to you all right now. Something very unusual happened the day I heard the incredibly sad news. I was standing looking out my glass doors at a beautiful red fox that stopped, in broad daylight, just outside the driveway and stared in at me, without any fear of man or trying to run off or anything. Just then my daughter drove into the driveway with her Labrador retriever and got out by the back door. The fox just stood his ground confidently and checked out all three of us without moving on. Then instead of heading off into the fields he just slowly walked a complete circle around the entire house checking us out once again, fearlessly, before finally heading off into the field. I thought this was incredibly strange behavior, then my daughter came in and told me the awful news and I was in a state of complete shock and despair. Then I said to my daughter: the fox! She looked at me and said “woo, oh my God!” My complete condolences and love to all. Angel, we will meet again, hasta entonces, amigo mio - Diarmaid

alisa skultety

April 7, 2021

Tio always greeted his Muggy with a strong hug and a heartfelt kiss. So many memories with him and my Aunt and cousins. So much love! Words are not adequate to express the loss of someone who has been there your whole life. It is so, so hard to lose him. But I know that he is at peace now and connected with our precious family members who had to move on. I love you, Tio! Rest easy and know that the love you have given your children and grandchildren is your greatest legacy. What a gift!

Eric McCoy

April 7, 2021

RIP Angel,
I enjoyed the countless rounds of golf we played together. I will miss hearing you ask “how many strokes are you giving me” .
My heartfelt sympathy to the Gonzales family, Angel will be missed by the HC golfing family.

Sincerely,

Eric McCoy

Rita Marcilliat

April 7, 2021

I have so many beautiful reminders of our dear friend, Angel. I especially hold dear to my heart the memories of him that made/make me smile...sometimes, even laugh out loud.
One such memory is when Gail and I rode to work together. Each morning that I pulled into their driveway, I would find the high-spirited, gracious, feisty, and madly in love couple standing on the porch, beginning their day together. When I arrived, Angel, the gentleman he was, carried Gail's work bag, her purse, water bottle, breakfast, lunch, and coffee. Lovingly and attentively, he would make sure his precious wife was safely buckled in and settled. Then...Angel would nervously, yet always kindly, make sure I was able to navigate down their driveway with the car in reverse. (Admittedly, I am a driver who is sometimes "reverse" challenged when faced with curves and turns!) It was routine for me to open my window and listen as Angel patiently gave instructions for our departure...in the scary mode of reverse. I did my best not to giggle at Gail's passenger comments, "Rita, you're fine. Angel just wants to make sure we don't run over the grass. Keep going. Let him guide you." It was usually a challenge met with Angel repeatedly giving directions to, "Turn the wheel to the right; turn it to the left; STOP; okay, go; no STOP! Okay, go." Once the drive in reverse was successful, Angel always made sure his last words to Gail were, "I love you." "I love you, too," Gail would say. As we pulled away, it was a certainty that Angel would watch his bride until she was out of sight.
Having been witness to the depth of love shared between Angel and Gail, and the acts of kindness that Angel so selflessly gave to family, friends, and strangers, I am deeply and profoundly saddened to hear of his passing. The earthly contributions that Angel intrinsically gave are a true testament to the character of the man, husband, father, grandfather, and human being he was. Rest in peace, dear friend.

Tracy Murphy

April 7, 2021

Scott and I are truly sorry for your loss. Our prayers will be with you and your family. We love you and please reach out if you need anything.

Scott and Tracy Murphy

Linda Crisafulli

April 6, 2021

Soon after meeting Angel, I knew he was the perfect match for my sister Gail. He was caring, funny, dependable, loving and liked to see people happy. His gregarious nature and joyfulness brought out the best in Gail and everyone he knew. He was a kind and loving person and a wonderful brother-in-law. We became as close as any brother and sister could be. Angel was an important part of our lives and loved his nieces and nephew like they were his own children. Angel was a loving son, husband, father, brother and uncle. He meant so much to so many. Our family shares so many joyful memories through the years of which Angel was a big part. His warm heart and welcoming smile will be greatly missed.

Andrea Chavez-Kopp

April 6, 2021

Tio was always there for us with a hug or laugh. I remember him organizing all of us kids on Roslin Drive, teaching us baseball with that big red plastic bat. I remember his signature whistle to call us all in from playing outside. I remember the car trips to and from St. Ann's with my cousins and how he always called me Annie-Be-Be. No words can suffice for this loss for my aunt and cousins. I love you all and am praying for you. We were very blessed to have him in our lives.

Tommy Ballard

April 6, 2021

I especially remember Angel giving me helpful tips to improve my horrid golf game. I admired the way he went about playing the game with calmness and grit. We shared opposing political points of view while respecting each other’s stand. As he passed my house there was always the wave of friendship . If I return to the game of golf, I will certainly miss watching Angel on the putting green sinking putt after putt and thinking, “why can’t I do that?”. He now is in a place where the fairways are made of gold and their is no rough. Play on my good friend, play on.

Ron Canalejo

April 6, 2021

Rest in piece. a lot of good times and laughter. What a beautiful family. May the lord be with Gail and the family.

FROM THE FAMILY