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Dr. Braulio Arturo Sáenz  

Dr. Braulio Arturo Sáenz

September 26, 1934 – January 3, 2019

Dr. Braulio Arturo Sáenz, age 84, of Elkton, MD, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2019.

Born in Havana, Cuba, September 26, 1934, he was the son of the late Braulio A. Sáenz and Maria del Carmen Alvarez. Dr. Sáenz received a Doctor of Science in Botany and Geology from the University of Havana, Cuba as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology from Florida International University, Miami, Florida.

Dr. Sáenz retired as a Professor Emeritus-Natural Sciences from Miami Dade College in Miami, FL. He also worked as the Development Director and Comparative Anatomy Professor at La Salle Senior High School, Miami, FL. In his last four years of his life, even battling Alzheimer’s Dementia, he was an active member of Toastmasters International and achieved his Advanced Communicator Bronze award.

In his younger years, he loved to go hunting with his father and their German Pointers. He was a Lyric Tenor and loved to sing, especially in church. He loved all animals and in the last few years enjoyed the company of his French Bulldogs Angus, Camille and Bella.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dolores; his daughters, Gladys Privon (Robert) and Lourdes Sáenz (Lizbeth); granddaughter, Lillian Duquella (Justin); grandson, Dedrick Sáenz-Mendieta; and great-granddaughter, Milaina Duquella.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1:30 pm until 2 pm on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Rd, Newark, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 2 pm. Interment will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Knights of Columbus, 1801 Lancaster Ave, Wilmington, DE 19805 or Alzheimer’s Association- Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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  1. Ivette M. Baron and Chris Baron, January 4, 2019

    Rest In Peace Don Braulio. You were deeply loved and you will be deeply missed. My condolences to his family and friends! We love his family very much!

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  2. Javier, January 4, 2019

    Gladys, I’m so sorry for your loss my friend!

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  3. Margaret diaz, January 4, 2019

    He will be missed. I didn’t spend a lot of time with Tio but what I did spend I learned something every time. He was a brilliant man! God bless his soul and the people he left behind. Besos Tio … you are up above collecting your white marbles …. as in your book.

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    • Gladys, January 10, 2019

      My dear cousin, thank you for your kind words, your thoughts and your phone calls to my Mom. Lots of love always.

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  4. Evelyn Mendez & Margarita Torres, January 4, 2019

    Enviamos nuestro pésame y lamentamos que ya no tengamos a Don Braulio entre nosotros, aunque sabemos cuan dificiles fueron sus ultimos dias. Ya nuestro amado Don Braulio descansa en paz!!! junto al Señor. Tuvo una vida fructífera junto a Doña Dolores a quien también amamos tanto. Tuve el honor de conocer a Don Braulio en un momento sumamente dificil para mi y el llego en el momento indicado. Senti su apoyo, sus oraciones tan especiales y desde que lo conoci senti que tenia un gran magnetismo. Pues teniamos algo que nos unia , muchas conversaciones para dialogar e iguales puntos de vista. Lo admire y lo admiro , era una persona muy especial. Como no amarlo!!! Pues era dificil no hacerlo. Le amamos mucho.y estoy segura que esta en el cielo ,cerquia de Dios y debe estar organizando un coro especial en el cielo. Con esa voz tan bella, fuerte y melodiosa. Que descanse en paz!!! Un fuerte abrazo a Doña Dolores, su viuda y a su amada hija Gladys…

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    • Gladys, January 10, 2019

      Queridas Margarita y Evelyn, gracias por sus bellas palabras, sus oraciones y llamadas de teléfono para saber de Papi y para tranquilizar a Mami. Las queremos mucho y Papi las quería mucho a ustedes también. Espero poderlas ver pronto.

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  5. Chris Baron, January 4, 2019

    So very sad to read this news, but very happy to have known him. Don Braulio will be missed.

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  6. Lisette Carder, January 4, 2019

    Tia Lola, Gladys and the rest of the family. Our hearts are with you at this most difficult time.
    Wichy was a special and admirable human being. We will cherish the memories that we had with him. May he Rest In Peace.

    Much Love from

    The Carder Family and Anoland

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    • Gladys, January 10, 2019

      Querida Prima, gracias por tus lindas palabras y tus llamadas de teléfono para tranquilizar a Mami. Gracias por ser la prima que más se ocupa de saber cómo está y de hablar con Mami. Ella te quiere mucho y yo también. Besos.

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  7. Isabel, January 4, 2019

    Siempre estarás en nuestros corazones , muchos gratos recuerdos, querido Braulio que Descances en paz , te extrañaremos yo cuidaré de tu tesoro ahora tendrán Uds que cuidarnos a nosotros.

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  8. Esperanza Nieves, January 4, 2019

    Conocí a Don Braulio y a Doña Dolores cuando se mudaron a Delaware. Tengo que secundar a Evelyn Méndez y Margarita Torres. La voz de Don Braulio impresiona y deleita los oídos de su audencia. El coro celestial acaba de recibir a su próximo director. Mi querida amiga Dios te dio la oportunidad de tener a tu papá cerquita. Lo cuidasteis y lo disfrutaste. Don Braulio está disfrutando del Paraiso Celestial y el descanso eterno. Mi mas sentido pésame para Doña Dolores y para ti mi querida amiga.

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    • Gladys, January 14, 2019

      Gracias queridos amigos por estar con nosotros y por sus bellas palabras y oraciones.

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  9. Cheryl and George Privon, January 4, 2019

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of your husband. father, grandfather, and great grandfather. We enjoyed his conversations of intellect, humor, and life. We are grateful to have known him.

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    • Gladys, January 10, 2019

      Dear Cheryl and George, thank you for your kind words and prayers. It has been a very difficult few weeks. It has been the worse pain I have had to endure. Now he is resting in peace. ❤️

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    • Gladys, January 14, 2019

      Thank you for your kind words and your thoughts and prayers! Lots of love.

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  10. Marva Blake, January 4, 2019

    You are in my prayers and thoughts. I know you going to miss him but God has another plan for him. You now have a angel watching over you Deloris , Glayds and your your family.

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    • Gladys, January 14, 2019

      Thank you Marva for your beautiful words and prayers. Lots of love!

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  11. Joan Day, January 4, 2019

    Gladys and Bob – my thoughts of comfort are with you.

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  12. Estrella and Alex Gonzalez Rojas, January 4, 2019

    At the US Air Force Arcademy terrazo level area there is a majestic monument with an eagle and fledglings on top by sculptor Carl Moose, and with the following quotation by Austin Miller engraved reading the following -“Man’s Flight Through Life Is Sustained By The Power Of His Knowledge,” My Brother-In-Law, Dr. Braulio A. Sáenz is gone but will not be forgotten! Braulio was indeed an incredible person and I can attest to that. From the very first moment when I went to Key West right after the Mariel Boatlift on my 9 passenger station wagon to pick him up, my sister Lola and my nieces; and I was amazed when he started a conversation in perfect English that lasted all the way to Homestead. The next day I spoke to the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing Commander, Homestead AFB about Dr Saenz and he was so impressed that he wanted Braulio to address all of his officers at the Officers Club so that they knew first hand what was happening in Cuba. Braulio accepted the invitation and the next day delivered an impressive detailed speech to the 200 or so in attendance. Three weeks later I retired from the USAF and at my retirement picnic I heard him carry a conversation in perfect French with a family visiting from Canada. The following week I went for a job interview and I asked Braulio to tag along. When I went in for the interview I left Braulio reading the Miami Herald. After I finished I said to the lady…..”I brought my brother-in-law, he doesn’t have an appointment but he is a very knowledgeable person, and I feel he is suitable for this position. Would you have time to talk to him? To make a long story short Braulio was selected for the position. He went on to succeed at this job, teaching at a prestigious private school and at Miami Dade College. Braulio came out of Cuba with a PHD from the University of Havana; nevertheless, he had to renew it at FIU for it to be recognized. He encountered numerous barriers at Florida International University, but his persistence and determination paid off and he was awarded his PHD. Yes, my brother-in-law lived up to Austin Miller’s quotation – “Man’s flight through life is sustained by the power of his knowledge.” Braulio, all along you fought a good fight and now Rest In Peace Dr. Saenz, you are in good hands.

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  13. Zoila Garcia (Zoilita ), January 4, 2019

    I am so sorry for your loss Your father was a dear man that we had the pleasure of knowing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Please give your mom a great big hug from us.

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  14. Carmen Bregante, January 5, 2019

    I am sorry for your lose. Your father was a great man and friend to all. I will always remember the deep conversations with him where he would share his wise thoughts. He will always be remembered.

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  15. Manuel Fernandez-Jacobs, January 5, 2019

    I met Braulio 38 years ago and was privileged to be inspired by his knowledge. It was a delight to listen to every word he uttered because every word was meaningful. He definitely made an impact on my life. I am sure that I was not the only one. His “Flight through life” will be remembered by many.

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  16. Dana Johnson-Walden, January 5, 2019

    My deepest sympathy to the family in this precious loss. I pray God will surround the family and friends in His mighty arm and provide peace, comfort and strength.

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  17. Steve S., January 6, 2019

    I met Dr. Saens at work a couple years ago. He had a very bright personality, full of life. There was an instant level of comfort and familiarity with him… My deepest condoleances to the family. He will be missed.

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  18. Gina Burcham, January 6, 2019

    Hugs to all of your family… he was a great man.
    Cherish the memories !
    Love Gina

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  19. Jean Norona, January 9, 2019

    I am so sorry for your great loss. I will be contacting you, Delores, very soon. We always enjoyed visiting with you and Braulio. Our prayers are with your family.

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  20. Desiree Class-Martinez, January 9, 2019

    All of our hearts are heavy at Calvert Manor. Thank you so much for giving us the time we had with such a beautiful man. He touched all of our hearts in so many ways from his singing, his corrections, his wisdom, his love for god and family to his smile. Dona Dolores, you are an example of love and dedication for all wives. Your husband loves you so much as you loved him, he never stopped thinking of you and his girls! Gladys Y Lourdes I strive to be the daughters you were. Gladys I never hesitated to call you if I needed to any of us for that matter. The love your father had for you he told us of regularly. He was proud of you and loved you dearly. I know you will miss Papi so much and we will too. Thank you for allowing us to love him and care for him. He will never be forgotten and deeply missed.

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    • Gladys, January 14, 2019

      Thank you Desiree, you made my day! Thank you for your beautiful message. I will make sure to read it to Mom. We miss him dearly. It has been very tough. God willing e will move forward. Lots of love!

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