Luis “ Luisito” “Louie” de Hechavarria, 95, of Ocala Florida, passed away peacefully, surrounded with his family, on Thursday evening, September 22, 2022. Luis was born and raised in Santiago, Cuba to Luis and Emma de Hechavarria. He began his early career as a cattle rancher in Cuba until the Cuban revolution, when his farm was confiscated. Luis left Cuba with his family and began working in Mexico. After several moves, Luis’ homes became Jacksonville and Ocala, Florida. Luis enjoyed breeding horses, hunting, golfing, and wood working and was an active member of Queen of Peace Church of Ocala Florida.
Survivors include his children Annie and husband Hans Scott of Ocala, FL, Luis "Wicho" and wife Georgette de Hechavarria of Jacksonville, FL, Susan and husband James Whelan of Hyannis Port MA, and Paul and wife Courtney de Hechavarria of Ocala, FL, 8 grandchildren; Jimmy, Chris, Niki, Ashley, Gigi, James, Ella, and Claire.
Catholic funeral services were held privately, with internment at Highland Memorial Park in Ocala.