Miami, FL (January 3, 2008) – Manolo de Jesus Reyes Xiques, J.D., renowned Mercy Hospital executive and South Florida community icon, passed away early this morning at Mercy Hospital. Reyes was 83 years old.
Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Reyes is known throughout the community for his decades of voluntarism to countless community initiatives as well as his staunch advocacy of the Mercy Hospital mission to providing assistance to the poor and underserved.
Prior to his retirement in 2005, Reyes served as the hospital’s vice president of community and government relations, enabling him to act as liaison to government offices both at the local and at the state level for nearly 20 years. Additionally, Reyes recorded a weekly radio show on Radio Peace introducing Mercy Hospital services and physicians to the community.
“I would like to extend our prayers to the Reyes family. He will be greatly missed,” said John E. Matuska, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to know and work with Manolo. I cannot express enough what he meant not only to Mercy Hospital but to the South Florida community as well.”
Reyes is well-known for his years of work as a news director and as newscaster on the first Spanish news program to appear on American television in the southeastern United States.
He is also recognized for his support of the Cuban community. He was a strong activist and appeared numerous times before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
A participant in countless community and civic organizations, Reyes founded the Cuban Sertoma Club, the YMCA Jose Marti, the Spanish Post of Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Business and Professional Women’s Chapter for Hispanics. He served on the board of directors of the United Way, Easter Seals, Barry University, and the Hialeah Miami Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Reyes received numerous prestigious awards including: The EMMY Award for broadcast journalism, Keys to the City of Hialeah and Key West, the Pentagon Award for Human Goals, the Archbishop Hurley Award, and many others.
Reyes was a graduate of the University of Havana Law School, and at the age of 52, Reyes received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami. He remains one of the most highly respected individuals in our community.
He is survived by his wife, three children, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The viewing will be held Thursday, January 3, 2008 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home located at 3344 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL (305.445.9508). A funeral mass will be held Friday, January 4, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church located at 900 S.W. 26 Road, Miami, FL; followed by a burial service at Woodlawn Park Cemetery 3260 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL.
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