Parladé was Buch’s pediatrician when she was a child in Cuba, she said, and probably saved her life when he diagnosed her with appendicitis and had her rushed to the hospital for treatment.
For years, they worked together at the Borinquen Center, and he was still there when she left in 1989 to work at the University of Miami.
Even after he retired from the center, Alberto Parladé said, his father subscribed to medical journals and took regular licensing exams.
If anyone in the family was sick, he’d give advice or a second opinion.
When he wasn’t working, said Maria Corral, Parladé liked to swim at Florida’s beaches or sit and watch the breakers. The sea reminded him of his youth in Santiago, she said.
He sometimes missed his hometown, but wouldn’t go back as long as Castro was in power.
Parlade also wrote poetry for friends and family members, said Oscar Corral, and one he wrote for Corral in 1998 still hangs framed on the wall of his office.
“Whether it was a college graduation or some occasion like a wedding that was important, he’d write a personal poem for you, usually with humorous overtones.” said Corral. “Nobody who got a poem from him ever threw it away.”
Parladé is survived by his sister Carola Sanchez, 100, 10 children -- Maria P. Corral, Jaime Parladé Jr., Rene Parladé, Angelina Parladé Rodriguez, Alberto Parladé, Maria Tirado, Margarita Ortiz Parladé, Ricardo Parladé, Pedro Parladé and Joseph Parladé -- 23 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
There will be a viewing for Parladé from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Westchester chapel of the Caballero Rivero Woodlawn funeral home, 8200 Bird Rd.
He will be buried at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery after a funeral mass at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Agatha Catholic Church, 1111 SW 107 Ave.
The Parladé family has requested donations to the Spinal Cord Living Assistance Development organization, 240 E. First Ave, Suite 122, Hialeah, FL 33010. For more information, call 305-887-8838.