Local Esteemed Attorney Miguel C. Fernandez III, 55, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018 after a 3 year battle with liver cancer. He was a faithful Christian, dedicated family man and an accomplished trial attorney.
Miguel was born in Camaguey, Cuba and resided in Fort Myers, FL for almost 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Denise; his daughters, Desiree Fernandez, Mariah Washington, Gabrielle Fernandez; his son-in-law Michael Washington; his grandsons, Jonathan Dick and Liam Washington; his parents Miguel H. and Martha Fernandez; his sister, Luisa Heredia; brother-in-law, Ralph Heredia; nephews Daniel and Nicolas Heredia; his sisters-in-law, Karen (Chris) Kleme, Theresa (Mike) Intelli and Margaret O’Reilly; nephew Michael Intelli; and nieces, Melissa Intelli and Taryn O’Reilly.
Miguel was a dignified man that lived and loved passionately. His positivity and inspirational messages encouraged countless others to make the most of every day. He loved sports, dancing, music, and playing dominoes. Miguel truly enjoyed his life to the fullest.
Miguel was a counselor and zealous advocate for his clients. He dedicated himself to his profession for nearly three decades and maintained a general trial practice until his passing. Miguel formerly served as President of the Lee County Bar Association, President of the Lee County Legal Aid Society, Chair of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court Grievance Committee, member of the Second District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Committee, and member of the Florida Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He also served on numerous state and local bar committees, including #KindLee.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, he devoted his time and resources to his beloved Grace Church, the Teen Court Project, Mock Trial competitions, The Florida Bar Justice Teaching Program, and various Chambers of Commerce. He served as a board member of numerous charitable organizations including the Nations Association, Habitat for Humanity, Edison Festival of Light, and the Southwest Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Miguel received many wonderful awards throughout his lifetime but nothing gave him more pride or joy than his family. He received the ultimate honor on Wednesday from his Heavenly Father: “Well done good and faithful servant.”
Services will be held on Friday, March 30th at 1:00 pm, at Grace United Methodist Church, 13 SE 21st Place, Cape Coral, FL 33990. In lieu of flowers the family suggests making a donation to MD Anderson’s Cholangiocarcinoma Research Group online at this link: http://bit.ly/MCFmemorial
MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486
Please reference that the gift is in memory of Miguel C. Fernandez, III.
Family and friends may sign the guest register by visiting www.baldwincremation.com. Affordable Cremations by Baldwin Brothers is entrusted with final care.
13 SE 21st Palce, Cape Coral, FL 33990.