Dr. Gabriel Lucio Fernandez
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TUSCALOOSA Dr. Gabriel Lucio Fernandez, age 75, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and longtime resident of Tuscaloosa, died April 24, 2011, at home. Funeral Mass will be 3 p.m. today at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Father Gerald Holloway and Father Jerry Deasy officiating and Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Restituto and Dr. Dolores Fernandez of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth “Libby” Smeraglia Fernandez; his brother, Dr. Restituto Fernandez Plâ. (Dede) of San Juan, Puerto Rico; his sons, Gabriel Mark Fernandez (Amy) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Michael R Fernandez (Tracy) of Eagle, Colorado, and Dr. David Claude Fernandez (Angela) and Andrew Luis Fernandez (Amy), both of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and his grandchildren, Davis, Gabbi, Libba, Gabe, and Turner Fernandez, all of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Gabe attended boarding school at St. Paul's Catholic High School in Covington, Louisiana, from which he graduated. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees at The University of Madrid, Spain. While in medical school, Gabe played professional basketball in Real Madrid, Spain. Upon graduation from medical school, he served an internship at St. Vincent's Hospital, a surgical residency at Lloyd Noland Hospital, and a neurosurgical residency at University of Alabama Hospital, all in Birmingham, Alabama.

Gabe practiced neurology and neurosurgery in Tuscaloosa for over 30 years, treating literally thousands of West Alabamians and East Mississippians. He pioneered neurosurgery in Tuscaloosa in the late 1960s and 1970s. He served as team neurologist and neurosurgeon for his beloved Alabama Crimson Tide football team for 31 years under Head Coaches Paul W. Bryant, Ray Perkins, and Gene Stallings.

Alabama football and his family were Gabe's true passions. He will be remembered for his quick wit, great stories, and his kindness to his friends, patients, and family. He enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He will be dearly missed by his family and by all whose lives he touched.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Musso, Dr. Bill Taylor, Jackie Cummings, James Buttram, Dr. Bill Standeffer, Rodney Windham, Mal Moore, Fred Perkinson, Jr., Dr. Joe O'Neal, Gerald Topazi, and Dr. Everett Hale.

Honorary pallbearers are friends at Indian Hills Country Club 19th Hole, University of Alabama Athletic Department, Ray Perkins, Jack Rutledge, Clem Gryska, Dr. Wayne May, Paul Bryant, Jr., Jimmy Hinton, Sr., Jack Kapphan, and Moon Mullins.

The family expresses its appreciation to Dr. Ross Vaughn, Dr. Pedro Lopez, Dr. John Ferguson, Dr. Phil Hemstreet, Dr. Alexandre Todorov, DCH staff, and Southern Care Hospice, especially Dana Avery, RN, for their care.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Francis University Parish Building Fund, 811 5th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

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Published in Tuscaloosa News from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2011.
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June 14, 2011
My heart is broken to learn of the death of Dr. Fernandez. What a gift he was.
My son is here today because of the love of a Dr. for his patients and the love of his craft.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Fernandez Family.
Charesa Hester
May 9, 2011
What a blessing it was to have your loved one in the hands of Dr. Fernandez. He had a special "human touch" that went beyond his medical training. To the family, I am so very sorry for your great loss.
Jo Ann Wearren
May 3, 2011
i know him he was a great doctor and a great surgeon if it wasn't for him i don't think i would be walking to day thanks to i am god bless his family and all who knew him he will be missed
William Martin
May 3, 2011
i know him he was a great doctor and a great surgeon if it wasn't for him i don't think i would be walking to day thanks to i am god bless his family and all who knew him he will be missed
william martin
April 30, 2011
I send my love to you and all of your
family. Gabe was so special to all of
us. Mother Mildred and I loved him
dearly. Please know that we all have great memories of Gabe and are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Cathy Gullo
April 30, 2011
I worked at DCH from 1975-1976 in the ICU. He was a fantastic Neurosurgeon and cared deeply for his patients and the staff. I learned a lot from Dr. Gabe and will forever cherish the knowledge and memories. My deepest condolences to the family, friends and fellow colleagues. May God grant you comfort and peace.
Annette Garrison, RN
April 29, 2011
Our thoughts are with the entire family and many friends as you all struggle with the loss of this great and loved man.
Nancy & David Dowell
April 29, 2011
Prayers and Love to all my extended family there, please know Libby you are in our prayers and throughts ..
Debbie Tortorigi
April 28, 2011
Great memories of a great man!
Vickey Dockery-Szymela
April 27, 2011
Wow, Doc, talk about using every talent God gave you! What a difference you have made in this world with those talents!
Enjoy the good life,
That "crazy Sicilian" Tony G

P.S. Now you're among the brightest "STARS (that) FELL ON ALABAMA."
April 27, 2011
I am sorry for your great loss. May the hearer of prayer be with the faily.
April 27, 2011
Libby,Gabo,Mike,David and Drew please know that you have my deepest sympathies for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dr. Fernavdez was truly a great man and will be missed by all. He was most gracious to me and I will be forever grateful for his generosity.
David Williams
April 27, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Fernandez's passing. He certainly saved many lives of people that will be forever grateful to his healing touch. God bless the entire family in this time of sadness. You will have much laughter remembering the good times as there were many.
Connie Remaley-Grechanik
April 26, 2011
Sending thoughts & prayers to your family. Love, your friends in CO.
Craig, Rhonda & Lily Goostree
April 26, 2011
May God's love and mercy give comfort to the family at this time. CT
April 26, 2011
Libby, I was very sorry to hear of Gabe's passing. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Annie Smeraglia & family.
April 26, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I was just telling a Dr.Fernandez story a few weeks ago. What a wonderful man, who always had a big hug and smile for me. Love, Julie Kapphan Davis
Julie Davis
April 26, 2011
Our prayers are with the Fernandez family. Dr. Fernandez was a help and inspiration for our family after my father's stroke in 1972, and I appreciate his professional expertice and down home empathy he extended to us during that time. The Tuscaloosa area was blessed with a wonderful physician, man, and role model.
Kim Evans
April 26, 2011
Ms. Libby, Gabo, Mike, David and Drew, I was so saddened to hear of your loss. I have so many wonderful, fun memories of your daddy. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Sarah Ann Higgins
April 26, 2011
Dr. Fernandez was a great teacher. He spent many hours helping people learn. He also encouraged patients in a very kind manner.
Alice Kemp
April 26, 2011
Prayers going out to the entire Fernandez family.
A loss of a great mentor and friend.

Eric Barger
Eric Barger
April 26, 2011
So sorry for your loss Gabo, Mike, David, and Drew. Prayers for your family. May God bless and comfort your family.
Jay Hunnicutt
April 26, 2011
Dr Fernandez was my dads dr for years and I always heard that he was a great dr. I am sure that he will be missed by anyone whose lives that he touched. ROLL TIDE GABE! I am sure that u r sitting next to Paul "The Bear" W, Bryant! My prayers go out to his famiy. May God bless u and keep u safe until the day that u all get to see each other again.
Shelley Smith
April 26, 2011
Dr. Fernandez saved my life when i was 18 months old. I am 33 now with wife and 3 kids. May God bless your family. Thank you.
Beau Yeager
April 26, 2011
Praying for all of you, he will be missed!!! Ryan Poe
April 26, 2011
Our family all loved Gabe. He will be missed by so many friends. Thinking of your wonderful family at this sad time.
Love to all.
Donna Petty
April 26, 2011
Sorry for your loss. Will be praying for God's peace for the family.

Tom Emig
April 26, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
James Brazeal
April 26, 2011
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