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AZCUY Arnold Jose Azcuy was born on October 12, 1932 in a little town in Cuba and raised in Consalacion de Sur in Perico, Cuba. He died on September 15, 2011 in the big city of Jacksonville, Florida. He remembered his childhood as idyllic and his becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States as an incredible honor. In both countries Arnold was immensely loved and greatly respected. Arnold was a man of passion, patriotism, compassion, strong faith, strong opinion, unwavering principles and unbridled spontaneity and generosity. Arnold was a physician. For fifty years he passionately cared for his patients and their families in the Jacksonville community. His patient care philosophy was based upon not only providing the best medical treatment but also his personal commitment to their overall well being. In 1964 Arnold opened his solo pulmonology and internal medicine practice. He was a founding member of the medical staff of Memorial Hospital. He served on and chaired many important committees and boards. He was Chairman of the Critical Care Committee and the Medical Records Committee. He was a member and Vice Chairman of the Memorial Medical Center and the Memorial Foundation. In 1984 he became Memorial's first Director of Medical Affairs. Four years later he was appointed Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical and Legal Affairs. Ten years later Arnold retired from the Memorial Hospital System, but he continued to practice his beloved medicine. He became Medical Director of the North Florida Regional Medical Center of the State of Florida, Department of Corrections where he continued to passionately advocate and care for the sick. In 2006, Arnold retired from medicine after fifty years of service. Arnold loved his Jacksonville and Miami families and they loved him. His son Chris, wife Deborah, sister Ileana and his entire family miss him already. The family gives heartfelt thanks to both Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc and the Earl Hadlow Center of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida for their compassionate, loving care of Arnold this past year. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at San Jose Catholic Church with Father Greg Fay celebrant. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery. HARDAGE-GIDDENS OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd is serving the family. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Sept. 18, 2011
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