OBITUARY

Luis Armando Gomez

October 28, 1952June 7, 2019
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Celebrating a Life of Service

Luis Armando Gomez, a native of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, touched the lives of countless individuals. Luis answered to many names: husband, father, doctor, provider, reverend, chaplain, friend and most importantly a man of God. His personal relationship with Christ was reflected in his lifetime of service to others.

Born in Trinidad on October, 28, 1952 to Luis C. Gomez a native of Venezuela and Amanda Marchan, a native of Venezuela, Luis was a compassionate, humble pillar of support for thousands of people of all backgrounds – the suffering, the homeless, the destitute, the hopeless, the abandoned, the disenfranchised, the enslaved, and persons with mental and physical limitations and disabilities. He obtained a Doctorate in Theology, but in obedience to the calling God had on his life and his love for people, Luis chose a career path of servant leadership. In the 1980s, he was the only person in his department who would work with AIDS patients during the height of the epidemic. For over 20 years, he helped the indigent as a licensed social worker in Houston. As an agent of change, Luis served Harris County as a guardian for individuals who were declared incapacitated by the courts, and he eventually assumed full responsibility of the ward’s estate. He uplifted and supported homeless adults and runaway teens while serving as the director of the intake and outreach department of a Houston area social agency. Taking to the streets of Houston at night by foot, Luis searched for homeless youth and brought them back to the agency to provide them critical resources such as shelter, food and clothing.

Luis extended his calling of servant leadership during his healthcare career when he worked as a chaplain at Ben Taub Hospital. At one of the busiest trauma hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, Luis inspired and comforted patients, families and staff during the most difficult times of their lives. His tender way of bringing calm to the chaos of the emergency room, to victims and perpetrators of violent crimes, and patients with chronic illnesses was admirable. Licensed in mental health and social work, Luis facilitated access to adequate health services for the mentally ill, intellectually and developmentally disabled population during his 3 decade-long tenure at what is now the county’s Harris Center.

He was a social worker for the homeless, a guardian for the mentally ill, and a chaplain for those in distress. He served thousands of people from all walks of life, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and religious affiliations. He served humanity faithfully – growing in grace and sympathy.

As a humble man, Luis always gave reverence, praise and honor to Jesus Christ.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 37 years, Sandra; his son, Juliano; his brothers Emilio and Ricky; niece, Alicia; great-niece, Gabriella; sister in law, Marcia; nieces Nicole and Marissa; cousin, Larry Hospedales; and numerous family members and friends and coworkers. He was preceded in the transition to Heaven by his parents and sister Marina.

May the hearts of those Luis touched be lifted up, knowing that he is in the kingdom of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 15, 2019

Memories

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Shannon Dillon

June 17, 2019

What do I say to a man who has devoted his life to uplifting others? There are not enough words to describe you, your impact and your legacy. What a blessing that God saw fit for me to cross paths with the Gomez family in this life. Mr. Gomez, I have always admired your wisdom, your compassion for people, and your sense of humor. Thank you for being a great representation of the good in the world. I see you in Juliano and I am eternally grateful that he and I have been able to walk (and run) through this life together hand in hand as best good friends. Mr. Gomez, thank you for your leadership, your wise council, the laughs (especially when we were the only ones in the room laughing) and for being my sweet tooth partner in crime. I love you dearly. Amen.

"His Lord said unto him, well done, good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord."
-Matthew 25:23

Celia Elliot

June 16, 2019

Thank God for a brother like Louis.
His life was one of laughter and encouragement.
That laughter was contagious.
His legacy will live on in our heart's.
Will continue to pray for the family.

Janet Farren

June 15, 2019

Luis was a member of our bible study class at Houston's First Baptist Church. It was an honor to have him study with us and share his medical struggles with us. Getting to know him and Sandra and Juliano during this difficult time has given us a deeper respect for the man Luis was throughout his life.

His example will live on with those in our class and our prayer is that God will comfort the family in the days to come.

Godspeed Luis - we see you in heaven.

Suzanne Blackman

June 14, 2019

I have known Luis for about fifty years now I remember when I was going to St.Catherine's EC. School. Luis was going to progressive school and living in Belmont circular road I was living on Norfolk street Belmont we use to go to church in St.Anns having wonderful fellowship going on trips with other members from church we use to have awesome times together however I relocated to the USA got married and had a family Luis relocated to Houston Texas got married and also had a family but we never stopped communicating we shared grief of the death of his mother I came to her funeral and he came down from Texas to my Mother's funeral we talked about the good times about his son Juliano who he was so proud of I spoke about my son and daughter when he got sick we talked alot he was always giving me comforting words to situations I had vise versa last time I saw him was in Trinidad when he came we chatted with his good friend also Nanton. We all talked about the good old times the very last time I spoke to him and he send me a chapelle of my birthday stone I will always remember our good times gone but not forgotten R.I.P Luis.💐💐💐💐💐🙏🙏🙏💕💕💕💕💕

Gail Jackson-Smith

June 14, 2019

Deepest Condolences to the entire family. We in Trinidad will remember Luis as a caring, jovial, loving person. Always with a listening ear, and always inviting you to a service in that little Chapel in St Anns. When he came to visit in Trinidad it was always a pleasure to make contact and spend a little time reminiscing.

May his Soul Rest in Eternal Peace , may the Angels welcome him in Paradise.

Larry Hospedales

June 13, 2019

I have known Luis since I was born (he is my cousin) but, as often happens in life, you get to truly know that which is so special about someone when life itself begins its countdown.

I can, with no element of uncertainty, precisely fit these words to Luis: forgiving; accepting; loving; caring; giving.

He so loved his special brother: Ricky, even to tears in speaking about him.

Let his passing cause us to always be reminded of our living: how we should care for and love others.

Very sincere and heartfelt condolences to his wife Sandra, and son Juliano whom he was so very proud of.

Cousin Larry

Bernadette Redano

June 13, 2019

I remember Luis as a teacher at Pershing Middle School when I was blessed to teach Juliano. He was a loving, devoted Dad. I remember how he cultivated Juluano's interest in Art and invested in after school classes to help him follow his passion. I remember the graduation present of Pigeon Point Tobago done in chalk, presented to me. I treasure this work of art. Luis and Sandra loved and supported Juliano. When you see the good, kind, loving, generous, hardworking, fun loving man Juliano is today, you see Luis's legacy . From young, he touched his son's life and future. Juliano learned by his example. He learned by watching the goodness of his Dad. In turn, it warms your heart to see how Juliano honored his father through his sickness. He was a devoted, loving son and both his earthly father and heavenly father look down upon him proud, because in honoring his earthly father, he was honoring his heavenly father.
Rest in peace Luis. God called you to Him. Rest assured your beloved Juliano will follow in your footsteps because he knew that the Holy Spirit was always your compass.
Eternal rest grant unto you O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon you. May you rest in peace. Amen.

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Christmas morning 2016 opening presents under the tree

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35th wedding anniversary

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Christmas morning 2016 opening presents under the tree

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Family. 1980s.

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65th birthday party

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