OBITUARY

Enrique "Henry" Gonzalez

February 23, 1941February 18, 2019
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Gonzalez, Enrique “Henry”, 77, passed away on Feb. 18, 2019. He was born in Ybor City on Feb. 23, 1941 to Araceli “Babe” Gonzalez and Mary Gomez Gonzalez Simon and celebrated his Asturian heritage throughout his life.

Henry graduated from OLPH Catholic School, attended the University of Tampa, and achieved journeyman status as a proud and active member of IBEW Local 915, where he served a term as Vice President. He worked at Busch Gardens for over 30 years and assisted his father in Gonzalez Bros. Construction, ultimately leading that enterprise.

Family was Priority One for Henry, who was married for over 56 years to his high school sweetheart, Dorothy (Barcena). In addition, Henry cherished his Catholic faith, friends, good food, cars and sports, especially baseball.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved son, Rico, and his brother, Rene. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his daughter, Lola Stein (Andrew); his daughter-in-law, Lisa; grandchildren Lauren and Robbie Cusmano, and Lena and Rico Gonzalez; sisters-in-law Loretta Allewelt and Kathy Betancourt; nephews Wayne and Sean Allewelt; niece Elizabeth Allewelt Rich; and dear cousin Eileen Gomez Richmond.

Enrique “Henry” Gonzalez will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Blount & Curry Terrace Oaks Chapel. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 11:30 AM on Monday, Feb. 25 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, followed by entombment at Centro Asturiano Memorial Park. Feel free to send flowers or make a donation to the Enrico G. Gonzalez Endowment; Law Review at Florida State University, 425 West Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 24, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Entombment Monday, February 25, 2019
REMEMBERING

Enrique "Henry" Gonzalez

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Cathy Rocha

March 2, 2019

Henry, we are so grateful for all the years we have enjoyed with our "group of friends"!
New Years at Disney, New Years cruise. Later when our kids were all grown, we traveled from Las Vegas to the Italy cruise in 2005 and following, USF football, traveling to Auburn and Penn State!
Such great memories!


RIP, Dear Friend. See you on the other side.

Cathy & Eddie

Michael Noble

February 24, 2019

I met Henry while working at Busch Gardens, we immediately hit it off and he became a good friend. He was my go to guy for anything electrical. We both worked there for a long time. We would sometimes go weeks without seeing each other but, when we did there was always a handshake and a pat on the back. Since he and I both retired we lost touch but, I will never go to the beach and not think of Henry, nobody loved the beach like he did. Rest in peace, my friend.

EIleen Gomez Richmond

February 22, 2019

Will never forget all the memories we shared growing up. WiIl also miss our long distance conversations. Rest in peace, cuz.

Barney and Suzanne Manicchia

February 21, 2019

Thanks for many years of friendship and all the good times. You will be missed.

Karen Riley

February 21, 2019

Thank you for the memories. You will be greatly missed. You earned your wings. Fly high my friend.

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