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Dr. Manuel Lazaro Alvarez, 91, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2022, at his home in Savannah, GA.

He was born on December 17, 1930, in Mariano, Cuba to the late Jose Alvarez Bousono

and Maria Manuela Landaria Freijo and escaped to the United States in July of 1964. Having received his medical degree at the Havana University Medical School and serving as resident of the Pasteur Clinic in Havana, the scarcity of physicians and imprisonment for an escape attempt, leaving Cuba seemed an insurmountable challenge. However, after his release he obtained a permit to leave the country for a medical conference in Mexico where he applied for American citizenship and finally reunited with his two sons and wife who had fled Cuba three years earlier.

Once in the U.S., he completed post-graduate work at the University of Miami School of Medicine and was a house physician at Osceola General Hospital in Kissimmee, FL where their third child, Lizette was born. He and his growing family moved to Savannah in July 1966 and welcomed their third son, Edward in 1967. After settling in, he completed an internship and subsequent residency in Pathology at Memorial Medical Center where he was a respected and beloved member of the medical staff for 25 years. He transitioned to Coastal Empire Pathology Services where he ended his long and rewarding medical career.

While his work was rewarding, he immensely enjoyed hosting friends for domino tournaments, neighborhood dinners, traveling to Miami and spending time surrounded by his extended family.

He is survived by his children, Manuel L. (Mike) Alvarez of Richmond Hill and Edward (Lissa) Alvarez of Pooler, his brother Jose Alvarez Landeria of Miami, FL, his daughter-in-law Deborah Alvarez of Augusta, his grandchildren, Michael L (Rebecca) Alvarez of Atlanta,  Christopher P. (Stephanie) Alvarez of Vidalia, Brandi (Michelle) Bitetti of Augusta, Christina Alvarez of Marlborough, MA, Stephen J. Alvarez of Boston, MA, and Conner W. Woerner of Tampa, FL, five great-grandchildren, Ashley Grubb, Cameron, Savannah, Landon and Brayden Alvarez and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pomposa Alvarez, of 60 years,  son Jose A. Alvarez, daughter Lizette M. (Lisa) Woerner, sister Florentina A. Puig and brothers Armando Alvarez Landeria and Luciano Alvarez Landeria.

The family will be having a private celebration of his life.

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  1. Deborah Alvarez says:

    Manuel was the most loving passionate generous father in-law I could have been blessed with.

    His family meant everything to him.

    I married his son in 1985; I was blessed to have him in my life for 37 years.

    I know his wife, son, daughter along with his brother, sister, and parents are rejoicing in heaven to be re-united.
    I love you Papa forever! Deborah Alvarez

  2. Nancy O. Sullivan says:

    I was sad to read that Dr. Alvarez had passed away. When I worked as a Medical Technologist at Memorial, he was brilliant,kind,compassionate and never too busy to answer a question. A real family man and gentleman. May God grant you all peace and comfort in this great loss.

  3. Lesa Mullins says:

    Much love and sincere condolences. What an amazing life. Mr. Alvarez will be missed by the living while joyously received by loved ones who left this earth before him.

  4. Rosa Coppola says:

    Loved tío Manolo. Great husband, great father exceptional human being. Awesome uncle. He is resting now with his lovely wife and son!
    God bless his family
    The Coppola’s

  5. John Jennings says:

    Dr. Alvarez (Alvie, my mother always referred to him) was the finest pathologist that my family ever knew. Both my mother and father worked with him at MMC and CML. Both had the utmost respect for him professionally – both loved him personally. From childhood to adulthood, I grew up with Dr. Alvarez as part of my life. He loved his family fiercely and he was a patriot and a gentleman in every sense of the word. One could not hope to find a more loyal friend than Dr. Alvarez.

  6. Tia Halatas says:

    Praying for the Family, So sorry for your loss. What a remarkable Man. I worked in Pathology Lab, MMC, as a Receptionist in the 70’s. Those were good times and I learned many things through those wonderful Pathologist, i.e., Dr Alvarez, Dr. Russell, Dr. Hunt , etc.
    May His Memory Be Eternal..

  7. Debbie Cameron says:

    What a privilege and honor it was to know, study under, and work with Dr Alvarez when I worked as an MT in the lab at Memorial. He was always kind , considerate, and a top notch physician!

  8. Hildita Alvarez Cabrera says:

    I was blessed to have my uncle be a very special part of my life and will treasure the many childhood memories. He loved his family dearly and will forever live in our heart. He loved music and was a great dancer, loved sports and enjoyed his children and grandchildren during their sport activities. He is now reunited with my dad and many other family members. Heaven has gained another angel. Visiting Savannah will never be the same. Till we meet again,
    May he Rest In Peace, love you tio Manolo

  9. Ted Chancey says:

    What a special life he led! Prayers to the family, and an eternity in heaven for Mr. Alvarez.

  10. Lisa Harriott says:

    We all lost a treasure with the passing of Dr. Alvarez. I had the privilege of working for him in the lab at MHUMC for many, many years. He would talk to me often of his Cuban heritage. He even introduced me to Cuban coffee with a coffee set. He was a charismatic, loving, brilliant man. He loved his family so much that when he spoke of you all he looked like he would burst with pride. Always smiling and dancing –I know he is now in Heaven dancing once again with his beautiful wife and other family members.
    My deepest sympathies to the family. Love Lisa

  11. Becky Cheatham says:

    Dear Edward and Lissa,
    What a fine reflection on your father’s life that was in the paper. I was not privileged to personally know Dr. Alvarez but do know that he had to have been a very fine person to have raised a son like Edward. My deepest condolences to you both and to your family.

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