Salomon R. “Whitey” Gonzalez LORAIN — Salomon R. Gonzalez, 70, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic Health Campus in Cleveland, Ohio. Salomon was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico on March 13, 1943 and at age seven moved to Philadelphia, Pa. until 1979 when he moved to Lorain, Ohio until his passing. He was a prize fighter, feather weight, and called the “Million Dollar Baby” in Philadelphia, Pa. On May 7, 1968 he married Carmen L. (nee: Gonzalez). He worked at U.S. Steel as a pipe inspector and he enjoyed boxing, fishing, drawing, collecting art and knick-knacks of Indians and elephants, singing and writing and music and watching sports, especially the Cleveland Indians. He is survived by his children, Onika (Hector) Rivera, Agueybano “Chino” Gonzalez, Tyesha M. Gonzalez and Jesus D. Gonzalez all of Lorain, Ohio; sisters, Tati, Carmen, Angela, Hilda and Evelyn Gonzalez; 9 grandchildren; Chyna; 18 nieces and nephews; and friend, previously married for 20 years, Carmen L. Gonzalez. He is preceded in death by his parents, David R. and Emelia (nee: Ramos) Gonzalez; and infant son, Salomon Jr. The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2150 Broadway, Lorain (440) 244-1961 on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m., Rev. Juan A. Rivera, officiating. Christian burial services will be held at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning Journal on Apr. 26, 2013