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Jaime Garciaz

June 19, 1927 ~ August 1, 2020 (age 93)

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WITH HEAVY HEARTS THE FAMILY OF THE HONORABLE SENATOR JAIME GARCIAZ (USVI) ANNOUNCES HIS PASSING ON AUGUST 1, 2020.

JAIME EMIGRATED FROM COLOMBIA AND WAS SUCCESSFUL IN FINDING OPPORTUNITIES AND CREATING A BETTER FUTURE FOR HIMSELF.

HE HAD A VARIED CAREER. HE WAS A KOREAN WAR VETERAN IN THE U.S. AIR FORCE AND WAS STATIONED IN OKLAHOMA, ENGLAND, VIRGINIA, COLORADO AT THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY, AND MASSACHUSETTS WHERE HE TAUGHT PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S CHILDREN, CAROLINE AND JOHN-JOHN TO SWIM IN THE OTIS AFB POOL ON CAPE COD.

IN PUERTO RICO WITH THE PEACE CORPS HE TRAINED COLLEGE KIDS TO WORK IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES OVERSEAS AND THEN WAS A MANAGER AT THE DORADO HILTON.

FROM MANAGING THE ESTATE CARLTON HOTEL IN ST. CROIX, HE BECAME A BOY SCOUT EXECUTIVE.

HIS OUTREACH TO THE CRUCIAN COMMUNITY LED HIM TO RUN FOR THE SENATE REPRESENTING THE ISLAND OF ST. CROIX. HE
LOVED ST. CROIX AND IT’S PEOPLE AND WANTED THE BEST FOR THEM - HE ALWAYS TRIED TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

HE BECAME AN ENTREPRENEUR; OPENING JAIME’S ESSO GAS STATION WHILE CONTINUING TO WORK IN THE LEGISLATURE
ON ST. THOMAS - FIGHTING FOR THE PEOPLE OF ST. CROIX.

JAIME AND HIS FAMILY BLENDED WELL WITH THE PEOPLE OF ST. CROIX AND WERE WELL ACCEPTED BY ALL, OFTEN ATTENDING
CARNIVALS, FISH FRIES AND DANCING QUADRILLE ON SATURDAY NIGHTS.

ST. CROIX BECAME AN INDELIBLE PART OF HIS FAMILY’S LIFE.

A LIFE LONG SPORTS ENTHUSIAST AND ATHLETE WHO COMPETED IN SOCCER AND NUMEROUS OTHER SPORTS, HE ALSO MADE HIS
MARK AS A REFEREE IN BOXING AND SOCCER.

JAIME AND HIS WIFE LILY MOVED TO MIAMI WHERE THEY HAVE RESIDED FOR 43 YEARS. THEIR LOVE OF TANDEM CYCLING TOOK THEM TOURING
THE US FOR TWENTY YEARS.

JAIME LEAVES HIS ADORING FAMILY - WIFE LILY OF 68 YEARS, HIS DAUGHTER LINDA FAY AND HUSBAND BOB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, HIS SONS TULIO AND JAIME JR. ALONG WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND MELISSA, AND GRANDCHILDREN ANGELICA GARCIAZ AND SETH GULLEY.

HIS PASSING WAS SPENT WITH HIM IN JOY AND PEACE RECOUNTING HIS ARDENT LOVE FOR HIS FAMILY AND THE ADVENTURES WE SHARED. PEOPLE ARE INCREDULOUS WHEN WE TELL OUR FAMILY’S STORIES.

THE FAMILY THANKS THE EXCELLENT TEAM OF DOCTORS AND THE FRESENIUS DIALYSIS CLINIC OF CUTLER BAY THAT CARED FOR JAIME THROUGHOUT THE LAST 5 YEARS. THE FAMILY THANKS THE EXCELLENT TEAM OF DOCTORS, INCLUDING DR. PATRICK HONEYCUTT, HIS DEDICATED PODIATRIST, DR. MARCOS ESQUENAZI AND THE ENTIRE TEAM AT THE FRESENIUS DIALYSIS CLINIC OF CUTLER BAY THAT CARED FOR JAIME THROUGHOUT THE LAST 5 YEARS.


WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE MANY WELL WISHERS AND REMEMBRANCES EXPRESSED FROM THE ST. CROIX COMMUNITY.

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