In memory of Miami Lakes persons lost during 2018

Thursday, January 3, 2019 0 Comments

Miami Lakes lost some prominent residents who made great contributions to the community through business, education, sports, entrepreneurship and activism.
Alan Robert Wilson, a 27-year resident of Miami Lakes died on February 1. He as 71 years old.
Wilson was a retired engineer, who spend many years traveling around the U.S. and South America. He was an avid sailor, licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain and cooking enthusiast.
Jim Kiely, a professional golfer who learned how to play in the Junior Golf Program at the former Miami Lakes Country Club, died on August 17.
After the Junior Golf Program, he later played through college and then became a pro golfer. Locally, Kiely set a course record with a round of 62 which he scored while playing with his close friend William “B” Graham at Shula’s Golf Club.
Innovative businessman, philanthropist, aviator, collector, history enthusiast and patron of education and ideas Jay I. Kislak died on October 3. He was 96.
Kislak spent his life exploring unusual places, ideas and ventures, forging relationships and assembling extraordinary treasures, which he generously shared.
Kislak created the country’s largest privately held mortgage banks, originating and servicing loans nation wide for more than 40 years from its headquarters in Miami Lakes.
Hialeah Miami Lakes High School social science teacher Danial Michael Francia died at his home on November 8 due to complications from diabetes. He was 57.
Francia began his teaching career in 1984 in Texas where he worked in private schools until he moved to Miami and worked for the Miami-Dade public schools system in 1989.
Longtime Miami Lakes resident Guido H. Inguanzo Sr. died at his home on December 6. He was 86. He was born in Vinales, Pinar Del Rio, Cuba and was a pioneer and leader in the telecommunications field in his homeland.
In 1962, Inguanzo moved to the U.S., where he became a naturalized US. citizen in 1977. Inguanzo worked for TRT Telecommunications from the mid-1960s until the late 1980s.
He then had a second career as a public servant working for the City of Hialeah, where he was a civilian employee of the police and fire departments. He retired from Hialeah in 2000.
Inguanzo was married to his wife, Pilar, for over 53 years. He had two sons, Guido Inguanzo Jr., the village clerk for Pinecrest, and Ramiro Inguanzo, an assistant village manager for Bay Harbour Village. A daughter-in-law, Gina Inguanzo, is Town Clerk in Miami Lakes.
Arnold Seltzer, a longtime Miami Lakes resident who was a community and education activist, died on April 6 at his home in Stuart, Florida. He was 93.
Seltzer was born in Brooklyn and later lived with grandparents in New Jersey.
He enrolled at the University of Miami in 1947, where he met his wife, Mary. The couple moved to Miami in 1951, when he founded Jackson Outdoor Advertising Company three years later.
Seltzer and his family moved to Miami Lakes in 1969 and was a major force in raising funds for and creating what is now known as the Miami Lakes Educational Center. The main conference room at the school was named in his honor.

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