Hector E. Morales

April 7, 1931September 25, 2021

Hector Ernesto Morales, a lifelong resident of Tampa, Florida died peacefully on September 25, 2021, at the age of 90.

Hector is preceded in death by his parents Alejandrina “Alice” Serrano Diaz and Henry Diaz, sister, Dora Giuliano. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elisa Morales; daughter, Christine Ellwanger (Kris), stepdaughters, Gina Tamargo and Lisa Tamargo, stepson, Ted Tamargo (Amy); grandchildren, Christina Tamargo, Kirstyn Rojas (Mauricio), Adam Tamargo, Kathryn Ellwanger, and Christopher Ellwanger.

Hector was born on April 7,1931 in Tampa, Florida. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was a combat veteran who served as a sergeant in the Korean War. As spoken by Hector, he is “All Marine”. On July 24, 1965, he married the beautiful, love of his life, Elisa. In 1966, Hector fulfilled his longtime passion of body building by opening Morales Health Studio on Platt Street. In 1975, he moved and expanded his gym, opening Hector’s Health Studio and Elisa’s Figure Salon in West Tampa. After 48 years, Hector enjoyed retirement with his wife, Elisa. Hector was a great husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor. He is a legend. He was loved and well respected by many. He will be deeply missed.

A visitation will be held at 9:00 AM followed by a funeral mass scheduled at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 4, 2021, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, Florida. A Committal Service will occur Monday, October 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the Florida National Cemetery, 6502 S.W. 102nd Ave, Bushnell, Florida. The funeral mass will be livestreamed at In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Christ the King Catholic Church, or Wounded Warrior Project, The family would like to thank the staff at Northdale Rehabilitation Center for their loving care.

If sending flowers please send to Christ the King Catholic Church by 9:00 AM on the day of the service.


  • Visitation

    Monday, October 4, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 4, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, October 4, 2021


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Don King

October 3, 2021

Hector was a good friend. He helped me in my early days of training. We go way back to his Platt st. gym in the early 70's. He will be missed and always remembered.
Don King

Susan Phillips

September 29, 2021

Hector was a friend, mentor and a role model to my son, Christopher and myself. He was a fine example of what a gentleman should be - strong, moral, loyal and patient.
May he rest in eternal peace.

Rene leon Leon

September 29, 2021

🏋🏻‍♀️Hector, was a great mentor to me and and a tremendous commitment and dedication for life. He truly loved what he did. He will be sadly missed. Rip ! Your friend Rene Leon

Mike Menes

September 29, 2021

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Hector. He was a good person in all respects-----more should be like him in this world we live in.
Mike & Olga Menes Sr and Family

Ember Prida

September 29, 2021

Lilita, Christine, Gina, Lisa and Ted, I am so sorry for the loss of Hector. He was such a wonderful husband and father. And a great instructor ! He took time with you and your workout. I remember going to the gym on Cypress and he and Lilita helping me. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ❤️ Ember Prida


September 25, 2021

Elisa, what wonderful memories I have of Hector. I loved him dearly...a gentle soul. How bitter sweet...he crossed my mind a couple of days ago & I felt the urge to contact him not nothing he was ill. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Marlene Ginex. ❤