Robert Daniel Gonzalez passed away at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital – Baton Rouge, LA on March 5, 2013 at the age of 72 after a long fought battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Paula Fazzio Gonzalez. He was the adored father of Robert Daniel Gonzalez, Jr. (Stephanie), Richard Duane Gonzalez (Stacy) and Susan Gonzalez Passauer (Louis). He is the son of the late Domingo and Ruth Simmons Gonzalez and son-in-law of the late Joseph and Rita Fazzio. Brother of Mary Virginia Hum (Pat), James Gonzalez (Merrilyn), Anthony Gonzalez (Kathy), Michael Gonzalez (Betty), Peter Gonzalez (Michelle) and the late Paul Gonzalez. Brother-in-law of JoAnn Fazzio Corbino (Seb) and Joseph Fazzio (Patty). He was the proud grandfather of Zachary, Alexandra, Justin, Lauren, Derek, Katherine, Caitlin & Chase Gonzalez and Ryne, Reid and Roth Passauer. He is also survived and fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was loved by all and will forever be remembered for his good nature and generous heart. He enjoyed his days playing golf and working on his extensive music collection, but nothing made him happier then to spend time with his grandchildren. He was a resident of St. Bernard Parish for over 30 years before moving to Diamondhead, MS where he has resided for the past 17 years. Robert served as an officer in the Louisiana National Guard. He worked for Dart Container Corporation for 38 years from which he retired in 2005. During his life, he served as President and a board member of various community organizations, as well as Commodore of the Diamondhead Boaters Association. His legacy of love, family and friendship will live on in the hearts of all that he touched during his life. The family would like to thank Dr. Bryan Bienvenu for his compassion, friendship and never ending fight for the past 7 years. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Development Office, 4950 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809 or via their website, MaryBird.org/hero. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Greenwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5200 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM. To view or sign the Family Guestbook please visit www.greenwoodfuneralhome.net
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Published in The Advocate from Mar. 6 to Mar. 11, 2013