Miguel A Diaz Alvarez

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Miguel A Diaz Alvarez
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Tuesday, July 25, 1961
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145 SW 62 Ave, Miami
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has I-20-D. Cty. School

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Lake Wales, Florida – On Tuesday, June 28, 2011 local business owner Miguel A. Diaz passed away from cancer, he was 57. Diaz came to the United States from Cuba in July, 1961, through the Pedro Pan Program. Operation Pedro Pan was the largest recorded exodus of unaccompanied minors in the Western Hemisphere. Cuban parents fearing indoctrination and that the Cuban government would take away their parental authority exercised one of the most fundamental human rights: the right to choose how their children would be educated. From December 1960 to October 1962, more than fourteen thousand Cuban youths arrived alone in the United States. He was raised in Miami Beach and was a 1972 graduate of Miami Beach SR. High School. Daiz was a member of the 1972 state championship baseball team. He earned a baseball scholarship to Palm Beach Jr. College. He was the schools first Hispanic Student Body President. He graduated with an associates degree. He later received a baseball scholarship to Florida International University, but never graduated. He worked as a general manager in the auto industry for 13 years in California. An earthquake helped him to decide to move back to Miami, Florida. Hurricane Andrew led him him from Miami to Lake Wales Florida. In 1992, he moved to Lake Wales and founded ASI Chemical Company in Lake Wales, Fl. ASI manufactures and sells many items including degreaser’s, odor eliminators, waterless wash and wax. Miguel’s love for baseball kept him involved in the game but for a different purpose. During the last several years, he was a main supporter of the Dundee Ridge Youth baseball league and a past President of the organization. He was well known and well liked for his commitment to the program. Miguel’s son’s baseball team is traveling to the State competition on July 14, 2011, in Ocala, FL. To honor Miguel, the boys have sewn Miguel’s no. 14 (the number he wore through high school and college) and his initials on their uniforms. A private memorial Mass will be held for Miguel in Lake Wales, FL, on July 2, 2011. Another memorial Mass will be held in Miami in August, 2011, for friends and family, date to be announced. Miguel is survived by his partner Jennifer Todd; sons Trevor, Daniel and Michael; mother Josefina Diaz; brother Raul (Elly) Diaz; nieces Thania (Erick) Morris, Thalia (Nelson) Montes De Oca; great nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins. The family asks that in lieu of flowers and other gifts that donations be made to the: Dundee Ridge Youth Baseball/Made payable to: Coach Lou Morales, P.O. Box 712, Lake Wales, FL. May you rest in peace, Miguel!

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Apr 1st 2012

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