Dr. Mario Sanguily

February 3, 1958December 30, 2011

MARIO SANGUILY, MD Mario Sanguily, MD or "Dr. Mario", General/Vascular Surgeon & Chief of Surgery at Martin Memorial Medical Center, Stuart Florida, died unexpectedly in his home on December 30, 2011. He was 53.

To his family, co-workers and many friends, Mario was known as the man who was excited to embrace each day with a smile on his face, always in a good mood and, often-times having a mischievous prank in mind to play on the nurses, something he enjoyed very much. He was an example of someone who had great love and sincere compassion not only for his family & friends, but for his many patients along the Treasure Coast, which he cared deeply.

His unexpected death is a reminder of how fleeting life can be and how every day should be lived to the fullest. He often said to others "Enjoy your life & live it", something Mario certainly did. He was a devoted husband and father, a highly regarded General/Vascular Surgeon, an exceptional athlete who loved all sports, and a dear friend.

He was born in Havana, Cuba on February 3, 1958. He arrived in the United States at the age of 3, and was raised in Sebring, Florida. He graduated from Sebring High School ('76) where he was the football team's quarterback and holds a record for the most passing yards, something he was very proud of. Mario completed his undergraduate degree at University of Florida before attending Universidad Central del Este Medical School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He returned to the United States to complete his General Surgery Residency and Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Medical College of Ohio and St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio. It was here that he met his beloved wife and best friend, Alicia, with whom he would spend the next 20 years of his life.

Mario was Chief of Surgery at Martin Memorial Medical Center and formerly affiliated with St. Lucie Medical Center. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, and Assistant Professor of Florida State Medical Center. He touched the lives of many as a stellar surgeon while also educating medical students as they prepared for their future careers as physicians. He was an ardent supporter of University of Florida. He loved the Gators. There was not a stat he did not know. It was not uncommon to see him watching a football game during off hours with one of his patients, in their room. Mario also enjoyed boating and fishing, beginning as a child to the Bahamas. He loved fishing and diving, embracing the Bahamian lifestyle and the people. They were his extended family, and he was passionate about sharing this part of his life with his wife and children. Together they enjoyed many memorable trips aboard the "In Situ", (meaning "it's in it's place" or "where it belongs"), Mario's beloved boat. First and foremost, Mario was a family man. He loved nothing more than to spend time with his family in the Bahamas, attend a sports event or share a Gator football game together at the stadium or from his favorite chair at home. The family attended 1 basketball and 2 Gator Football National Championships, which Mario enjoyed immensely. Mario also enjoyed hosting meals for family or friends, especially when he was captain of the grill, something he was very good at. He married Alicia on July 6, 1991 and recently celebrated 20 wonderful years of marriage. They shared a beautiful life together with their children, Brianna & Justin. Mario didn't hold back in talking about them; everyone knew how proud he was of his family. He was very involved in his children's lives, coaching sports and supportive of their academic and sports accomplishments. He was an attentive, kind and loving husband and father, and a perfect friend to many both personally and professionally.

He was not one in a million. He was one of a kind. He was larger than life!

An outdoor celebration of life in Mario's honor is scheduled for 5 pm, Friday January 6, 2012 at The Mansion at Tuckahoe /Amphitheatre, 1707 NE Indian River Dr., Jenson Beach, Fl.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mario's memory to: F.C. Florida, Mario B. Sanguily MD Athletic Scholarship Fund for underprivileged children. P.O. Box 881326, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34988- 1326 - or - Martin Health Foundation, Mario B. Sanguily, MD Memorial Fund P.O. Box 9010, Stuart, Florida 34995 or visit

Please view and sign the online Remembrance book at www.aycockfuneral


  • Celebration of Life Friday, January 6, 2012

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Agustin Rodriguez

January 29, 2013

Mi muy querido doctor Mario Sanguily muy a menudo hablo de ti de tu maravillosa persona y sobre todo despues de Dios tu me salvaste mi vida, eso lo llevo hasta la sepurtura Que el Senor te de la paz que te mereces y estoy muy seguro de eso les mando un carinoso saludo a su tu famlia en especial a tu querida esposa.
Agustin Rodriguez.


January 28, 2013

I miss you so much, Mario. You made me who I am today. You were an incredible husband, father and man. Our lives will never be the same without you. But rest assured, we will make you proud of us. Stay with us always. I love you

Mr. & Mrs. Ronald M. Morrin

January 26, 2013

Your light will always shine, Mario. Love you.

Mr. & Mrs. Ronald M. Morrin

January 25, 2013

Not a day has gone by that we don't think of you, and miss your happy & joyful personality. Your family keeps your light shining through conversations and many memories shared together. How generous you were to all who knew you. We have lost such a good friend. Thoughts & Prayers to your beloved family.

olga diaz

November 19, 2012

trully sadden to hear about his passing he was my sergeon excellent dr greatly miss

Jacquelin McCree

September 19, 2012

There is truly not a day that goes by that I don't think of you Mario. You are missed SO much, not only as a co-worker at Martin, but as a friend and it's the "friend" part that I miss the most! So genuine, warm, compassionate and extremely funny. College football season is NOT the same without you. Love you to the moon and back. Jackie

Laura Murphy

September 17, 2012

This is so sad to hear of Mario's passing. I knew Mario and Julio during their training at MCO and St Vincent's. Mario was full of life and knew his calling in life. My sentiments and prayers go out to his family and extended family, notably his brother Julio.

benjamin bagley

June 29, 2012

we miss you very much,i know your in heaven watching us as we continue to move on in our lives without you.i'd placed a memorial picture of you and the glouster fisherman memorial at chapman school of seamanship in the front hallway for all to see and remember your smiling face.god speed love ben mmhs er rn/paramedic

Richard Thomas

June 27, 2012

I owe him soooo much. He saved my life. I had no health insurance and very little money. He didn't care. He said "Don't worry. I'll help you. We need to get you better." This world needs more like him. Thoughts and prayers to his family friends. God bless. Peace.

Jennifer Burke Logan

June 24, 2012

Saddened to learn of Mario's passing. Truly a privilege to have known him, learn from him, and have too much fun in the OR. My deepest sympathy to all of his family and friends. Mario was a really great guy and he will surely be missed by so many.