Dr. Manuel W. Guerrero Sr., 84, of St. Augustine, died unexpectedly on Dec. 20, 2012, at his home. He was born and raised in Bani, Dominican Republic, and graduated in 1956 from the University of Santo Domingo School of Medicine. Dr. Guerrero moved to the United States in 1957 and completed an internship at the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Elizabeth, N.J. He later completed a residency in psychiatry at Springfield State Hospital in Sykesville, Md., before pursuing and finishing post graduate studies at the University of Miami in 1977. Dr. Guerrero served as a clinical instructor at the University of Florida during the 1970s and as chief of psychiatry and chief of staff for the Dept. of Corrections for 28 years, retiring to St. Augustine in the early 1990s.
He was preceded in death by a son, Manuel Guerrero Jr. He is survived by a son, George Guerrero of St. Augustine; daughters, Annamarie G. Harvey and her husband Kevin, and Dorothy Guerrero, all of St. Augustine; a sister, Beatriz DeFillo of Santo Domingo; grandchildren, Jessica, Manuel Mark, Spencer and Summer; and numerous relatives in the Dominican Republic.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at St. Johns Family Funeral Home.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.