CASTELLVI, Antonio E., M.D., age 61, died suddenly on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. He is survived by his best friend and devoted wife of 40 years, Ramona, daughter Rami, practicing attorney, (Brian Little) of Danville Kentucky, and sons Cheech (Christine) a doctor in Family Practice in Pawley's Island, SC. and Alex, currently a resident in Neurosurgery in Pittsburgh, PA., grandchildren Jack and Bo Little, and Carolina and Alex Castellvi, his mother Aleida, sister Ana Corso, brothers Dr. Guillermo and Dr. Jorge Castellvi, all of Tampa. Dr. Castellvi, 'aka Doc' was an accomplished and well known spine surgeon, in partnership with the Florida Orthopaedic Institute and in active spine surgical practice in Tampa for over 30 years. During these years he maintained academic positions with USF and FOI, and supervised, trained and mentored many residents and fellows in spine surgery. As medical director of the Spine Biomechanics Lab at FOI, he actively investigated and reported innovations in spine surgery technique and instrumentation. As a frequent lecturer for several spine societies, he travelled frequently, visited and collaborated with the leading surgeons worldwide and was well respected by the manufactures of spinal implants as well as his peers. He received many awards and medical honors, was appointed to investigative committees, published results of initiated studies, and performed countless surgeries on spine injuries and disease. Meanwhile he was a devoted dad, coaching his sons in baseball, and being an avid outdoorsman, regularly fishing both in the keys and Tampa Bay, and hunting, mostly duck, quail and deer with his sons, and brothers and friends. Recently, he found a new passion...road cycling in groups with friends but mostly with his brother, Jochi. If you asked Tony what was his biggest and best accomplishment, he say, without hesitation, his family! His family wishes to thank the overwhelming support of their friends and suggest that any gifts or memoriams be sent to Christ the King Catholic School Scholarship Fund and FORE- the Foundation for Orthopedic Research & Education. A wake service will be at 6 PM on Tuesday evening Feb 11th at Christ the King Catholic Church. The family will receive guests after the wake service in the McLoughlin Center at Christ the King until 9 PM. Catholic funeral mass will be at Christ the King Catholic Church on Wednesday Feb. 12th at 2pm. Interment will be at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. Guestbook may be signed at www.BlountCurryMacdill.com
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Published in TBO.com on Feb. 11, 2014