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Emilio Gonzalez

October 21, 2018


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Emilio Gonzalez, 80 of Santa Rosa, CA slipped away peacefully on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Born in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, he served in the US Navy from 1957 thru 1961 as a disbursing clerk. In his youth he loved fishing at Ballast Point Pier and the 22nd Street Causeway in Tampa. A talented water color artist, poet and published author. He attended UCLA and had worked for the Diocese of San Francisco as an accountant. He served as a Tenant Commissioner on the City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority Board for 4 years. A Tai Chi Master and instructor, he held classes in Occidental, CA until several weeks before his death and considered his students his family. In 2012 his book Cigar City Stories, a series of short stories of his experiences growing up in Ybor City was published. In 1995 he produced a four-part PBS television series “Qigong for Health”. He had several exhibits of his beautiful water colors in the Northern California area. Emilio was predeceased by his parents Domingo Gonzalez and Manuela Llanes and brother Antonio “Tony” Gonzalez. He is survived by his 2 sisters, Alice Gonzalez of St. Petersburg, FL and Sylvia Espinola of Tampa, FL; a nephew, Caton Espinola; 2 grandnephews, C.J. Espinola and Zachary Espinola; and grandniece, Karsyn Ross. A special thanks to his bonus sister, Rebecca Fernandez (Seena) of Santa Rosa who cared for him not only in his last days but any time she was needed, as well as Sutter Hospice and From the Heart Caregiving Service’s care giver, Fay. He lived a full and eventful life and always marched to his own drum. Emilio will be greatly missed by his family, friends and students. To quote Emilio: Ybor of my dreams, I miss you. Emilio Gonzalez