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Dr. Arturo Diaz, 90, died on January 18, 2023 in Naples, FL. He was born in Mexico City on September 23, 1932. From a young age, Arturo knew he wanted to become a physician. As a youth, he enjoyed fishing, mountain climbing, and playing baseball. Arturo was an outstanding student, graduating medical school at the age of 24. Arturo met his wife, Frances Stasi, in 1952 when he was a first-year medical student. Frances, a junior at Queens College in NYC, was living with a Mexican family while participating in a summer program at the University of Mexico. They continued their relationship after Frances returned to NY, corresponding for four years. Arturo emigrated to the US in 1956 serving his internship and anesthesia residency at Flushing Hospital in Queens, NY. During his career, he worked at Windham Hospital in Willimantic, CT, then served as Chief of Anesthesia at Nassau Hospital in Mineola, NY, and lastly at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT. Frances and Arturo married in 1957 and together raised four children. For many years they lived in Woodstock, CT in a 200-year old farmhouse on 48 acres of land. Together they restored the home and enjoyed furnishing it with antiques. When Arturo retired in 1989, he and Frances moved to Florida where they lived first on Marco Island, then in the Wyndemere Country Club in Naples, and finally at the Bentley Continuing Care Community. At Wyndemere, Arturo loved playing tennis, golf, chess, pool, and bridge. For many years, he also volunteered at the Neighborhood Health Clinic and Habitat for Humanity. He and Frances enjoyed active vacations. They hiked the pilgrimage trail in northern Spain and biked in the US, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada. Among their experiences, they went on three African safaris, swam with whale sharks in the Yucatan, and zip-lined in Costa Rica. They went to Italy numerous times, and also visited Spain, Portugal, Egypt, Hungary, the UK, Scotland, France, Thailand, and Vietnam. Arturo is survived by his wife of 65 years and his four children, Arthur (wife Eileen), Bruce (wife Karen), Susan (husband Chris), and David, as well as eight wonderful grandchildren: Amy, Aidan, Alex (wife Lydia), Madeleine, Sam, Dana, Eva, and Mia. His legacy was beautifully summarized by a dear friend, who wrote: “Arturo was a broadly caring individual, a man with an expansive appetite and appreciation of his surroundings, an intellect who still found the boy in himself, a man with deep love for others, a deeply respected physician, and someone who brought and melded another culture into ours. He was an exceptional man.”

Posted online on January 24, 2023

Published in Naples Daily News