OBITUARY

Dr. Jay J. Garcia

November 10, 1945November 9, 2019
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Garcia, Dr. Jay J., 73, of Tampa, FL, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019, just one day shy of his 74th birthday. Jay was born in Havana, Cuba to parents, Rosa and Jose Garcia. When Jay was 14, they moved to the United States where they lived in Pompano Beach, Florida. He graduated from Pompano Beach High School, and was then humbled to receive the very first athletic scholarship to the University of South Florida for baseball. Jay later went on to earn his M.D. from Temple University. After marrying the love of his life, Loraine, they started a family and he began his private practice. Dr. Garcia went on to become CEO of one of the largest medical groups in the Tampa Bay area. He also co-founded the Tampa Bay Women's group, one of the largest coalitions of Ob-Gyn groups in Tampa Bay. Dr. Garcia was an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of South Florida Medical School, where he was involved in the surgical training of residents. He also received advanced training in laparoscopic surgery and provided training to physicians in these advanced techniques. Dr. Garcia was known by many in the community as a wonderful doctor, helping women generation after generation for over 45 years. Jay took great pride in his health by working out, enjoyed watching football, and playing golf. Jay also enjoyed a good martini while watching the sunset at the beach. He was a proud grandpa and loved spoiling his grandchildren. Above all, his family came first.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Rosa and Jose Garcia. Jay is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Loraine; son, Michael Garcia and his wife Virginia; daughter, Joanna Garcia Swisher and her husband Nick; grandchildren, Andrew Garcia, Gabrielle Garcia, Emerson Swisher, Sailor Swisher, and Sebastian Garcia; sister, Maria Soltesz; nieces, Rosie Zingarella and Mary Soltesz.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you make a donation in Jay’s memory to the Jose Garcia and Family Scholarship Fund (#656002), payable to the USF Foundation, and directed to the attention of Beth Corbin in the Office of Donor Relations at 4202 East Fowler Avenue, ALC100, Tampa, FL 33620-5455. https://giving.usf.edu/online/ or Metropolitan Ministries, www.metromin.org

A visitation will take place from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Blount and Curry located at 3207 W. Bearss Ave. Tampa, FL. 33618. A funeral mass will take place on at 3pm on Friday, November 15, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church 15520 N. Blvd. Tampa, FL. 33613. A reception will follow the mass at 4:30 pm at the Avila Country Club 943 Guisando de Avila, Tampa, FL 33548

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Michael Garcia
  • Andrew Garcia
  • Nick Swisher
  • Steve Swisher
  • Hector Rivera Jr.
  • Pete Zingarella

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 14, 2019

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, November 15, 2019

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Michelle Knoop

April 26, 2021

I am so shocked. My daughter told me Dr. Garcia had passed away💔. I can truly say he saved my life, I would not be here today had he not been an extremely detailed, and a professional doctor. With the power of prayer and a great physician I am still here today. I am truly heart broken. He was such a good human, he never looked at his patients as a next. He was an individual in his approach, kind hearted, he was just a good person. He didn't care if you didn't have INS, he was a healer ❤He treated his patients like they mattered. My condolences to his family. What a wonderful impact, I am sure he had on many people. ❤💔

Debbie McCoy

February 26, 2021

I just happened to come across an article on Google and saw that A man I admired so much has passed away, Dr. J. Garcia! He delivered my first child, our son, James Ricky McCoy, Jr., in January of 1984. I also had the great pleasure of working with him at Women's Hospital in Tampa! My thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family and friends! God bless you, Dr. Garcia and may you rest in peace for all eternity! Love from the McCoy Family

Aida Rizzo

November 27, 2019

To The García Family,

My sincere condolences on your loss. He will always watch over his family from above. Blessings to the family during this difficult time.

Aida Rizzo

Angela Kranjec

November 22, 2019

My condolences to the family of Dr. Garcia. He was a very kind and compassionate man and doctor. He will be greatly missed.

Deborah Ferraro

November 19, 2019

To the Garcia Family. I just found out about Dr. Garcia's passing and am shocked and saddened. Dr. Garcia did my surgery and he was so very kind. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time.

Charlotte Kramer

November 19, 2019

Mike and Family,
I just found out about your Dad.
You have my deepest condolences
on your loss of such a great man.
May God bless you all at this sad
time.

Sincerely,
Charlotte Kramer

Patti Christ

November 18, 2019

I just found out today of the passing of Dr Jay Garcia. He was my Dr and my daughter's first Dr as a teenager. He was a wonderful man with a great bed side manner. He will never be forgotten. So sorry for this huge loss. Condolences sent to the family. RIP Doc. ❤❤

Rhonda Roig

November 17, 2019

To Lorraine, JoAnna, Michael , Cuqui, Rosie, Mary n families...We're so sorry to hear of Jay's passing. We remember our times together in our younger years visiting at Tia Rosas's, weddings and birthdays of the kids. When Jay had just purchased his first Sonagram machine and invited us to come when I was pregnant . He was such a handsome, kind and a loving family man. He will be missed and what a smile he had. God Bless You and cherish the memories.

Anthony Messina, MD

November 15, 2019

We are saddened by the loss of a good friend and highly respected Physician. We send our deepest condolences and sympathy to Lorraine, Joanna and Michael.

Anthony and Marilyn Messina

Kim Cisneros

November 15, 2019

I have known Dr Garcia since I was a little kid. My mom Loretta used to work for him in his OB / GYN practice. He was always so nice and kind to me even saw me as a patient from time to time when I got older. He will be deeply missed and Tampa has lost a wonderful man. My condolences to his whole family.

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