Donald "Don" Gonzalez

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  • "thank you all very much"
    - Wes Gonzalez
  • "Wes,words can not tell how sad I am about your Dad.He..."
  • "HE ALWAYS BROUGHT A SMILE AND JOY! ONE OF A KIND AND WE..."
    - ANN THOMPSON
  • "We are so saddened to learn of Don's passing on into the..."
    - willis stose
  • "So sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Don many years ago..."
    - Greg Eady

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It is with sadness we announce the passing of Donald Wesley Gonzalez, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to all. He leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Katherine (Owen), his son, Wesley (Colleen), his daughter, Donna (Michael), and two grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his father, Alphonso Gonzalez, his mother, Rose Colby and his brother, Al Gonzalez. Don's great-great grandfather, Manuel Gonzalez, was a Florida Pioneer and settler of Flori
da's southwest coast. A statue of Manuel stands in the city of Fort Myers, a distinction which made Don proud. Don was born in Daytona Beach and was a lifelong resident. He was a 1949 graduate of Mainland High. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Don achieved the rank of Sergeant during the Korean War. He was stationed at Alaska General Depot Headquarters, Anchorage, Alaska. He and his brother owned and operated Al's Floor Covering for 35 years. Don was a former member of the Holly Hill Kiwanis Club and was a reserve police officer for the City of Holly Hill in the 1960's. Before joining the Daytona Beach Regional Airport Police, Don served as a Holly Hill City Councilman. He retired from Daytona Beach International Airport Operations in the late 1990's. Honored for 2 years in a row as "Employee of the Year", Don was renown for his tireless ambassadorship for tourists and travelers to his home-town and native state. The family wishes to thank Don's personal homecare crew, Pearl, Keith and Mike as well as the caring staff at Health Center of Daytona Beach, for their love and compassion for Don in his final difficult weeks. In lieu of other remembrances, please do as Don would do: perform a random act of kindness to a stranger. A funeral service for Don will be held Monday at 11:00 am at the Dale Woodward Funeral Home, 167 Ridgewood Ave., Holly Hill with Wiley Lowe officiating. Friends wishing to call and pay their respects may do so Sunday from 1 until 3 pm at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared at www.dalewoodwardfuneralhomes.com



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Funeral Home
Dale Woodward Funeral Home - Holly Hill
167 Ridgewood Ave.  Holly Hill, FL 32117
(386) 253-7601
Funeral Home Details
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 9, 2014
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