Dr. Raul Florez

Age: 92
Born: May 14, 1924
Died: February 27, 2017

Obituary

Dr. Raul Florez, born May 14, 1924, in Socorro, Santander in Colombia, South America, passed away in his sleep on February 27, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife Mary (Gallarano) of almost 65 years and his six children, Raul Florez Gallo, Rosalind Florez (Tim Nolan), Valerie Schmerge (Michael), Michael Florez (Rose), Dr. Francis Florez (Chris), and Dr. David Florez (Amy). He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren and by his 2 sisters, Maria Antonia Florez and Maruha Florez of Bogota, Colombia.  Dr. Florez was truly a Renaissance man, equally at home in both the culture of his birthplace and in the United States. He was an accomplished horseback rider at the age of 7, an attacking right wing in soccer, a military veteran of the Colombian army credited with the peaceful capture of a German submarine in 1945, a renowned orthopedic surgeon, a fisherman, a cook, a credible ballroom dancer, a competitive marksman in skeet and trap, bilingual in Spanish and English, conversant in French and German, an aficionado of classical tenors, and most importantly a family man. He graduated from the National University of Medicine in Bogota, Colombia, and came to the United States in 1951 where he interned and completed his residency at several New England hospitals including St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven Connecticut, St. Charles in New York City, Lakeville Sanatorium in Massachusetts, and Leahy Clinic in Boston.  He became a US citizen in 1955 and was convinced by a colleague to raise his family in Cincinnati.  From 1957 to 2003, Dr. Florez practiced orthopedic medicine in every hospital in Cincinnati, and on the SS Project Hope in Colombia.  He practiced with Orthopaedic Associates, Beacon Orthopaedics and Freiberg Orthopaedics.  After retiring from the practice of medicine, he continued to assist Spanish speaking patients in local hospitals with translations. Upon retirement he also learned to cook for his family at all the family celebrations. He spent his final years immersed in music, books, and his greatest love – his family. Visitation will be on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 3547 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220.  The funeral Mass will immediately follow at 12:00 noon, and the internment will follow the Mass at Spring Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Good Samaritan Foundation, the Church of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Cincinnati Children’s Hospital www.cincinnatichildrens.org/giving/gifts/tribute.

Visitation

Location: Annunciation Catholic Church
Date: Friday, March 03, 2017
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Additional Info: Annunciation Catholic Church, 3547 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

Memorial Service

Location: Annunciation Catholic Church
Date: Friday, March 03, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm
Additional Info: Annunciation Catholic Church, 3547 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati Ohio, 45220

Interment

Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Date: Friday, March 03, 2017

Dr. Raul Florez

Age: 92
Born: May 14, 1924
Died: February 27, 2017
  • Susan Grogan Faller
    Relationship:

    What a life well lived! He will be missed by so many. I send my sincere sympathy and prayers.

  • Brian Sullivan
    Relationship: Friend of Roz's

    Roz and family: So sorry to hear about your loss, but what an inspirational man Dr. Florez has been. The world is certainly a better place for his having been here.

  • Toni Schwienher
    Relationship: Employee

    Dr. Raul (poppa) was one of the most carrying, kind hearted, and sweetest person I know and had the pleasure of working for. My heart goes out to his family. Poppa Raul you will be forever missed. May you rest in peace.

  • Darlene Middendorf
    Relationship: Former employee

    Dr. Florez was loved by all..his patients..his employees adored him!Blessed to have worked for him for 21 years! Will miss you Dr. Florez and that beautiful smile. You were a joy to work for. God bless you and your family.

  • John & Lilleana Cavanaugh
    Relationship: Friends of son Micha

    Our deepest condolences to the Florez familia. Our prayers are with you as you celebrate a wonderful life of service to others.

Dr. Raul Florez

Dr. Raul Florez

Age: 92
Born: May 14, 1924
Died: February 27, 2017