Augusta, GA……...Mr. Leonardo Paz, SFC, US Army (Ret.), 61, entered into rest on Saturday, May 9, 2020.
A celebration of his life will be held at Perry’s Landing in Hephzibah, GA, Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM.
Leonardo Paz was born in Bogota, Colombia where he resided with his aunt, Beatrice Calderon until the age of nine when he moved to Miami, FL. While in Colombia, he attended private school and grew up among the wealthy due to both sides of his family being of Spanish Royalty. He attended Carol City High School and graduated in 1978. While attending high school, he began his medical career by volunteering at Palmetto General Hospital. Following his graduation, he enlisted in the US Army as a 91 Bravo (Combat Medic). During his 20 year career he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal on six occasions, the ARCOM Award, the Army Superior Unit Award and the National Defense Service Medal. Leo’s second career in the medical field came after his retirement from the US Army. He served the University Health Care System for 24 years as a dedicated preceptor in the Harry T. Harper, Jr. School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology. He educated and trained students in the cardiac catheterization lab. While in the lab setting, he gave them the tools, professional ethics, and technical skills and knowledge that they would need to be successful. In 2019, Leo became an instructor in the CVT school bringing his vast knowledge and experience into the classroom. He was a gifted educator and mentor, supporting students in their growth and development, through graduation and beyond. Leo was a knowledgeable clinician, as a member of the catheterization lab’s Advanced Cardiac Surgical Team, he supported Interventional Cardiologists as a highly skilled resource specialist. Leo was a faithful and hardworking team member, highly respected and well loved by all who had the honor of working alongside him. He will be greatly missed.
Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Amparo Paz; his sons, Leonardo Paz, Jr, and Arthur Armando Paz; his daughters, Elika Tara Kelani Paz, Jenna Natasha Nicole Paz, Sarai Alaya Paz and Lizzie Shanna Kobeck; his brothers, Luis Paz and Ulyesses Paz; his sisters, Patricia Paz and Carmecita Paz; his grandchildren, Kejuan M. Paz-Rozier, Leilani M. Paz, Julian A. Leonardo Crockett, Kingston A. Bell, Malia E. Paz, Arianna-Jade P. Kobeck, Andre’a-Jane L. Kobeck, Jaryani-Perea M. Kobeck, Jimmy C. Kobeck, III, and Salenna-Vey N. Kobeck.
“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.” -Theodore Roosevelt
To view Mr. Paz's memorial service via Livestream please visit www.livestream.com/rowlandford and click on the event for Leonardo Paz.
Memorials may be made to the Harry T. Harper, Jr. CVT School Endowment c/o University Health Care Foundation, 2260 Wrightsboro Rd. Augusta, GA 30904.
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