Valentin Gomez also known by his closest friends as "GoGo" passed away at age 66 on Friday, June 13, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born in Guantanamo, Cuba to Teresa Nogueras and Angel Gomez on March 10, 1948. He came to the United States in 1962 under 'Operation Pedro Pan' and attended Bishop Carroll High School residing in the Mariana Boys Home in Wichita, Kansas. Upon graduation he served honorably in the U.S. Army. He then relocated to New Orleans and received a BS Degree in Accounting from the University of New Orleans. He is survived by his loving wife, Alicia Vazquez Gomez, his two children, Valentin P. and Sandra Gomez, two sisters, Yolanda G. Valledor (the late Ignacio) and Teresa G. Ochoa (Jorge), brothers Jorge Gomez (Alina) and the late Miguel Angel Gomez, grandchildren, Andres Gomez and Louis Ovalasiti and many loving nieces and nephews. Valentin recently retired from Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida and continued his employment at Citibank. His family is very grateful for the love and support they have received from his many friends and family. Services will be held on Wednesday June 18, 2014 at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana. A family viewing will commence at 8:30 AM followed by friends and loved ones at 9:00 AM. A Funeral Mass will be held in Valentin's memory at 12:00 PM with interment immediately after. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in the memory of Valentin Gomez to the following address: Operation Pedro Pan Group Inc., 161 Madeira Avenue, Suite 61, Coral Gables, Florida 33134 or to the
. To view and sign the Family Guest Book, go to www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from June 15 to June 18, 2014