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Axel Diaz

Axel Diaz

Wednesday, December 3rd, 1969 Saturday, February 15th, 2020

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Obituary for Axel P. Diaz

In Loving Memory
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The Life of Axel P. Diaz, Esq.
It is with great sadness that we announce that beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend, Axel P. Diaz, Esq., age 50, passed away on Saturday, February 15th, at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. He was in the presence of his loving family and received the Holy Sacraments and the Apostolic blessing.
Axel was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in August 2016. Facing his foe with grace, courage, and dignity, he spent the last almost three and a half years battling this implacable disease. He never smoked a day in his life so he held on to the belief that the treatments were in his favor. Anyone else fighting stage IV lung cancer with brain metastasis would have gone quietly into the night, but not Axel. Axel duped doctors time and time again as he survived each tumor, treatment, and therapy head on, as artists like Barry Manilow, Prince, and Billy Joel, were often heard playing from his phone’s speaker. The way he died is just like he lived: he wrote his own rules, he fought authority, and he paved his own way. And if you said he couldn’t do it, he would make sure he could. He used this mantra always, and it showed in the courtroom, on the basketball court, even in the hospital. He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important—the simplicity of living a life with those you love. He savored the moments with his wife, children, friends, and family over any material possession. He achieved temporary relief now and again, but the complications of the disease soon continued their inexorable match.
But battling the disease is not how Axel wants to be remembered. He was passionate—about his family, about his work, and about his life. We were all his beneficiaries because his enthusiasm and exuberance were contagious. Axel always strove to do his very best, to live life to the fullest, and to appreciate the richness of human experience. We mourn his untimely death, but we celebrate the way he lived his life. He was the consummate professional, remarkable for his graciousness, generosity, quick wit, and wisdom. He will be lovingly and forever remembered by his wife and best friend of 21 years, Michele (née Lignore), and their precious children, Olivia and Jonathan; by his mother, Mercedes; brothers, Robert and Alan; sister-in-law, Maria; nephews, Robert and Anthony; and numerous other extended family, dear friends, and the community at large. Axel was predeceased by his father, Cesar Diaz.
Born in White Plains, Axel was a graduate of Stepinac High School, received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Fordham University, and his Juris Doctor from Fordham Law School. He became an illustrious Throggs Neck resident when he married the love of his life, Michele. Axel was not only a devoted husband and father, but he was also a devout Catholic and proud member of both the New York State and the Connecticut State Bar Associations. Axel’s outstanding business acumen was balanced by passionate interests in basketball, golf, walking, politics, and music. In his personal interactions he showed a disarming warmth, an infectious smile, and a kind and compassionate spirit. He was a great family man. Anyone who knew him knew he lived and breathed for his wife and children. Axel was honored by his many accomplishments, personally and professionally, but his proudest moments were when he was saying that he was the father of Olivia and Jonathan. He was their biggest champion and supporter. Axel’s only wish was for them to be the best they could be, pursue their passions and interests, and gain happiness and success. Axel was the son, brother, husband, father, friend, you wish you had, and the man you aspire to be. Death can never take a good man away, for in the hearts of the people he inspired, his legacy remains. Although Axel leaves us an extraordinary legacy, our sense of loss is great.
A celebration of Axel’s life will be held on Wednesday, February 19th, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Schuyler Hill Funeral Home. A funeral mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 20th, at St. Frances de Chantal Parish. An interment will follow in the family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Schuyler Hill Funeral Home
    3535 East Tremont Avenue
    Bronx, NY
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    Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
    3:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 | 10:00am
    St Frances De Chantal
    190 Hollywood Ave
    Bronx, NY
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    Thursday, February 20th, 2020
    10:00am
  • Interment

    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Woodlawn Cemetery
    Webster Avenue & East 233rd Street
    BRONX, NY
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    Thursday, February 20th, 2020
    11:30am

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David McGovern

I just found out about Axels untimely death through a Fordham Alumni bulletin. I went to high school and college (Archbishop Stepinac HS, and Fordham University). It speaks volume about his character in that I have not seen him in over thirty years when I saw his name it brought back vivid memories of him in High School. I remember him as real nice guy, very unassuming, soft spoken but fun to be around.
My condolences
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Hayder Sam

Dear Michele, Olivia & Jonathan, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Axel. He was such a wonderful man, husband, and father. We had great neighbors at Throggs neck . He truly will be missed. Olivia and Jonathan find peace and comfort in all your many memories. In love, prayers and heartfelt sorrow.

It’s really bad news. I really feel sad.
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Bob, Lydia, & Jeannine Weber

Dear Michele, Olivia & Jonathan,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Axel. He was such a wonderful man, husband and father. We had great conversations and Axel was always so uplifting regardless of his battle with his illness. He truly will be missed. May you, Olivia and Jonathan find peace and comfort in all your many memories.
In love, prayers and heartfelt sorrow.
Comment | Posted at 07:48pm via Condolence
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Anthony Martinez

Dear Michele and family, condolences from my family and yours in this difficult time. The Martinez Family
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Victor Prieto

My sincere condolences. It was an honor working with Axel. He was the utmost example of professionalism and always ready to help. He is in our prayers
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