FERNANDEZ, Joseph "Chuck" of Lakeland, FL died after battling Covid-19 August 24, 2020, with his mother at his side, at the age of 53. Joe was born March 1, 1967 in Tampa, FL. His strong spirit and love for people helped him overcome his physical limitations. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 399, graduated from Plant City High in 1986, later attending Polk Community College. He was involved with the building of his own home with Lakeland Habitat for Humanity, in which he lived for 16 years. He loved cruises, theme parks, parties, great food, an occasional rum and coke, and the Buccaneers. He expressed his love for people with tremendous enthusiasm and had a special relationship with his brother Mark. Joe was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tony and Hilda Vidal and Clarie Fernandez, and life-long friend, Michael L. Daniels. He is survived by his parents, Peggy and Bud Jagars; father, Jose Fernan-dez; brothers, Mark, Steve, Chris, Bruce, Joe, and John; sister-in-law, Jessica and nephews, Quintin, Aedan, and Isaac; god daughter, Natasha; best friend, Barbara, and numerous other family members and friends. A celebration of Joe's life will be announced and held at a later date due to the pandemic. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Lakeland Habitat for Humanity.
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Published by Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 30, 2020.