In Loving Memory of

Jorge Luis Suarez

11/26/1956 - 01/15/2014

Jorge L. Suarez, age 57 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014. He was born November 26, 1957, in Cuba to parents Gregorio Suarez (deceased) and Eneida Suarez. He came to the US with his family in 1964.


Jorge proudly served his country in the United States Army, joining right out of high school. He became a U.S. citizen in 1986. He fulfilled a lifelong passion to become a pilot and had a spotless 30-year record as a captain flying 747s.

In 1988 he married Michele Denton, his loving wife of 25 years, they moved to Florida in 1989 to be near family.  When not flying, Jorge enjoyed woodworking, and camping with his family.


He is survived by his wife, Michele Suarez, son Gregorio, daughter Cristina, his brother, Frank Suarez all of Gainesville, FL, and his mother Eneida Suarez of Miami, Fl. and a host of loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm, Friday, January 24, 2014, at Forest Meadows Funeral Home Chapel, there will be a visitation one hour prior starting at noon. Interment to follow at Forest Meadows Memorial Park East Military Garden of Honor, 3700 SE Hawthorne Road, Gainesville, FL 32641.

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44 Responses

  1. Steve Rivera at · Reply

    Why Oh why my friend.?You will be missed….and remembered. A privilege to have known you.

  2. Bec Hasel at · Reply

    Rest in peace Jorge. Gone too soon. Your family loves and misses you very much.

  3. Valerie Smith at · Reply

    Jorge was one of the most positive people I have ever had the privilage of knowing. Always had kind uplifting words and a big smile. I will miss you.

  4. Bob Scala at · Reply

    RIP my friend.. It was an honor working with you and calling you my friend.

  5. Dave White at · Reply

    So many fond memories of a great friend. I will miss you Jorge.

  6. Mark Gould at · Reply

    RIP Jorge. You will be greatly missed.

  7. Kenneth Cunningham III at · Reply

    May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the wind be always at your back. God Speed Jorge, I always enjoyed working with you.

  8. Amy Robinson at · Reply

    Was a pleasure working with Jorge! Deapest condolences! R.I.P.

  9. Patrick Fieser at · Reply

    Jorge, you will be missed. Your work ethic, your smile and your generosity will be remembered. Rest in peace, my friend. God bless your family

  10. Bill Zehner at · Reply

    Rest easy, Jorge. God Bless the family.

  11. James Tammany at · Reply

    Proud to have:
    Known You
    Worked for you
    Worked with you
    Call you my friend and mentor
    You perfected everything you faced
    We had a good run

    Smooth Skies, Strong Tailwinds


  12. Spessard, "Gator" P.L. at · Reply

    Proud to have known and worked with Jorge. he it right all the time. God bless and RIP.

  13. J G Donner at · Reply

    RIP Jorge was a pleasure to work with you

  14. Jack Rasmason at · Reply

    Michele. My deepest sympathy. Jorge will be missed , we had some great times flying and hanging out all over the world.

  15. Michele Bertagna at · Reply

    Rest in Peace, Jorge.

  16. Michael Fregoe at · Reply

    Rest easy Jorge. See you soon.

  17. Bill McKendry at · Reply

    Such a tremendous loss, my dear friend… you will truley be missed! It was a pleasure to have known and worked with you Jorge. RIP my friend! God bless.

  18. Betty Brady at · Reply

    Michele, so sorry to hear of Jorge’s death; will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and comfort.

  19. Tommy Martinez at · Reply

    Descansa en paz hermano.

  20. Gisela Talledo Menendez at · Reply

    Many years have gone by since our childhood days in Newton, N.J. but I will always treasure those memories. Even though we will never understand, I am praying daily for your wife and children, your brother Frank and your sweet mother Eneida to have “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding”. Rest in Peace Jorge.

  21. Thomas Gorski at · Reply

    In that ever so brief time we flew,
    it was clear you accomplished so much more than so many before.
    As those we love can never be more than a thought apart,
    the inspiration of flight is what lives on in the heart.
    Rest in peace brother.

  22. Abraham Ring at · Reply

    RIP Captain

  23. Larry Kilcullen at · Reply

    Adios, mi amigo….

  24. Scottie Harms at · Reply

    Rest in Peace Captain. It was MY pleasure to have known and worked with you. Fly safe…

  25. Jesus Pereira at · Reply

    Gone to soon! I too have so many awesome memories of a simpler life, as kids in Newton, NJ. The time has flown, but the memories will be cherished forever. To Michele, Gregorio, Cristina, Frank “Pancholo” and sweet Eneida our prayers are with you. May the Lord Bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’

  26. Bob Guibord at · Reply

    Jorge interviewed & hired me some 28 years ago. When it came to moving up in the Pilot ranks, I never saw anyone work harder for excellence. A fine example for all! Prayers…

  27. Frank Suarez at · Reply

    He was my big brother, I was so proud of him and he gave me so much over the years. He took me to the public pool when I was too small to go alone. When I moved away from home to New Orleans he handed me his credit card and said “use it when you need it”. But, by far the greatest gift he gave me was to move his family all the way from Oregon to be close to ME. He changed my life. He gave me the gift of being Tio, godfather, and playmate to two beautiful little children who have since grown into strong, thoughtful and intelligent adults….Thank you Tata, I miss you

    1. John Pope at · Reply

      Hi Frank, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I miss Jorge after having known him for 50 years. Would love to connect with you soon. God bless you.

      John Pope

    2. Julio H. Gonzalez-Collar at · Reply

      Frank my prayers are with you and your mother, please extend my condolences to all. God bless you all.

    3. Bill crawford at · Reply

      So sorry for your loss frank !

  28. David Erb at · Reply


    I am lost for words. Although Jorge and I didn’t correspond much after I left I still considered him a friend for life. I am so sorry for your loss.

  29. Mark Howarth at · Reply

    RIP Jorge, we flew together in Oct. and had alot of laughs. So sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to family and friends, he was a great guy.

  30. Dave Roberts at · Reply

    Michele; My sincerest condolences , may Jorge have found peace that he couldn’t let himself have in life. A more sincere, hard driven perfectionist, larger than life person, equipped with a big heart, remarkable humor, and intense passion I ‘ve not known. Albeit our sometimes stormy relationship when I worked for him up in McMinnville, I always considered him a friend and his humor, nicknames for everyone, and “machine gun” rate of conversation when he was passionate or excited about something could always get me laughing. All the more , the disbelief at his passing. I’m so sorry for your loss but he lives on in all who knew him. May you see the way forward and keep all the good memories. Jorge; may you rest in peace and watch over us. You are missed.

  31. Richard Blais at · Reply

    So sorry to hear of his passing. I grew up with Jorge in Newton NJ….we became good friends and lost touch after HS. We shared the same sense of humor and we enjoyed playing street hockey together @ Don Bosco Seminary. We also worked together there during the summers. He and his good friend, John Jennings were known to us as the Jake twins…. 🙂 May he rest in peace!! Bless you my friend!! Rich

  32. Lilly K. Pope at · Reply

    RIP Jorge, I did not know you as well as my husband John, but when we were getting married, he said I would like Jorge to be in our wedding and he was almost 27 years ago. It was a pleasure meeting you and I will be praying for your family in their hour of grief and bereavement. I would like to leave a line from one of my favorite gospel song. “Earth has no sorrow that HEAVEN cannot heal.

  33. Sharon Ungvare Groover at · Reply

    Lived in same appartment building where Jorge and “Frankie” lived on High Street and then one street apart when we moved to Hamilton Street and Jorge to Trinity Street. He was a bit of a heart throb to the girls in the community. Silly thing to remember, but I remember his mom always sent them off with a glass of Ovaltine every day. Was jealous of that. It was a great time to grow up together. Frequently wondered what ever happened to the Suarez family. So sorry for your loss. Sounds like he became quite a wonderful man and touched many lives.

  34. Robin Mussolini Probasco at · Reply

    To the family of “Georgie”…we grew up friends playing for hours on Trinity Street In Newton NJ. He spoke very little English when he moved into the neighborhood with his family however he communicated with an infectious laugh and a huge smile. I remember Frankie and Georgie walking with us to the community pool on those hot summer days..we had sooo much fun and made some great memories! I am sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the many many kind words and praises of your husband dad and son. He was honored and loved by many. God bless you

  35. David Alan Slockbower at · Reply

    Dear Michele, Gregorio, and Cristina,

    Please accept my condolences and deep sympathies for your loss. I will always remember the day In 1964 when I first met Jorge (“George” to us.) It was on the day he walked into our third grade class for the first time. I even remember what George was wearing: a white button-down shirt with colorful little images of farm workers all over it. And, although obviously a bit nervous, he sported a wide grin that I will never forget. I was fortunate to see that smile many times over the years, both in and outside of school. In short order George and I became good friends, and knowing him enriched my life. It has been many years since we last saw each other and I am deeply saddened that I will not be able to have the pleasure of seeing him again. God bless you all.

  36. Tommy Morville at · Reply

    So sorry for your loss of Jorge. First met him on the playground at Halstead St school in 2nd or 3rd grade. Will always remember how we goofed around in High School, played lacrosse together – and will never forget when we called him from Sam White’s house prior to one of our reunions to talk him into coming “home” to see all of us. He always had a smile, my sincere condolences to you all.

  37. Julio H. Gonzalez-Collar at · Reply

    My condolences to the Suarez family. I have known the Suarez’ ever since they moved to Newton, we continued our frienship when they moved to Miami up to this day. My prayers to the Suarez family , may God receive him in his kingdon. God bless you all. From the Gonzalez-Collar family.

  38. Jorge A. Gonzalez at · Reply

    My deepest condolences to Michelle, kids, Frank and Eneida. I grew up with Jorge and Frank in Newton. Pictures of New Years Eve in our basement celebrating the new year and Franks birthday will forever be burned in my mind. All the years of growing up in Newton, summers, school, Varsity N trips with Jorge, working at Don Bosco, will never forget them. You will be missed. God bless him and God bless you all.

  39. Karen Lantz Eaton at · Reply

    Sorry to hear of the loss of George. Had so many good and fond memories with growing up, as everyone else did. I’m truly sorry I lost touch with him over the years, but until we meet again. May you rest in PEACE my friend.

  40. Philip Zimich at · Reply

    Michelle, Christina, Gregorio and Frank

    My deepest sympathy-I am heartbroken to hear of your loss of Jorge. George as I knew him was a great friend in Newton NJ-playing hockey-best Cuban born hockey player ever-Watching football at his house on Sunday afternoons-I even forgave him being a Cowboy fan. Riding around Sussex County in his Dads old cars-They are the best memories of my teenage years. We have kept up with each other until several years ago only through Christmas cards-wish I had seen him more recently but he will always be a part of my life and I always speak of him fondly. I will pray for Jorge and for you all always. God Bless and Comfort You

  41. Julian Perez at · Reply

    My deepest of sympathy to the entire Suarez family……. George was a terrific guy I am dismay to learn about his much too early departure…… George, thank you for the memories and may you rest in PEACE.

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