MARIO SANGUILY, MD Mario Sanguily, MD or "Dr. Mario", General/Vascular Surgeon & Chief of Surgery at Martin Memorial Medical Center, Stuart Florida, died unexpectedly in his home on December 30, 2011. He was 53.
To his family, co-workers and many friends, Mario was known as the man who was excited to embrace each day with a smile on his face, always in a good mood and, often-times having a mischievous prank in mind to play on the nurses, something he enjoyed very much. He was an example of someone who had great love and sincere compassion not only for his family & friends, but for his many patients along the Treasure Coast, which he cared deeply.
His unexpected death is a reminder of how fleeting life can be and how every day should be lived to the fullest. He often said to others "Enjoy your life & live it", something Mario certainly did. He was a devoted husband and father, a highly regarded General/Vascular Surgeon, an exceptional athlete who loved all sports, and a dear friend.
He was born in Havana, Cuba on February 3, 1958. He arrived in the United States at the age of 3, and was raised in Sebring, Florida. He graduated from Sebring High School ('76) where he was the football team's quarterback and holds a record for the most passing yards, something he was very proud of. Mario completed his undergraduate degree at University of Florida before attending Universidad Central del Este Medical School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He returned to the United States to complete his General Surgery Residency and Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Medical College of Ohio and St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio. It was here that he met his beloved wife and best friend, Alicia, with whom he would spend the next 20 years of his life.
Mario was Chief of Surgery at Martin Memorial Medical Center and formerly affiliated with St. Lucie Medical Center. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, and Assistant Professor of Florida State Medical Center. He touched the lives of many as a stellar surgeon while also educating medical students as they prepared for their future careers as physicians. He was an ardent supporter of University of Florida. He loved the Gators. There was not a stat he did not know. It was not uncommon to see him watching a football game during off hours with one of his patients, in their room. Mario also enjoyed boating and fishing, beginning as a child to the Bahamas. He loved fishing and diving, embracing the Bahamian lifestyle and the people. They were his extended family, and he was passionate about sharing this part of his life with his wife and children. Together they enjoyed many memorable trips aboard the "In Situ", (meaning "it's in it's place" or "where it belongs"), Mario's beloved boat. First and foremost, Mario was a family man. He loved nothing more than to spend time with his family in the Bahamas, attend a sports event or share a Gator football game together at the stadium or from his favorite chair at home. The family attended 1 basketball and 2 Gator Football National Championships, which Mario enjoyed immensely. Mario also enjoyed hosting meals for family or friends, especially when he was captain of the grill, something he was very good at. He married Alicia on July 6, 1991 and recently celebrated 20 wonderful years of marriage. They shared a beautiful life together with their children, Brianna & Justin. Mario didn't hold back in talking about them; everyone knew how proud he was of his family. He was very involved in his children's lives, coaching sports and supportive of their academic and sports accomplishments. He was an attentive, kind and loving husband and father, and a perfect friend to many both personally and professionally.
He was not one in a million. He was one of a kind. He was larger than life!
An outdoor celebration of life in Mario's honor is scheduled for 5 pm, Friday January 6, 2012 at The Mansion at Tuckahoe /Amphitheatre, 1707 NE Indian River Dr., Jenson Beach, Fl.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mario's memory to: F.C. Florida, Mario B. Sanguily MD Athletic Scholarship Fund for underprivileged children. P.O. Box 881326, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34988- 1326 - or - Martin Health Foundation, Mario B. Sanguily, MD Memorial Fund P.O. Box 9010, Stuart, Florida 34995 or visit GIVEmmhs.org
Please view and sign the online Remembrance book at www.aycockfuneral home.net