Jose Nodar

Obituary of Jose Alberto Nodar

Beloved Husband, Father, and Pediatrician, Dr. Jose Alberto Nodar, 60, passed away on April 9, 2020, at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Born on August 7, 1959 in Havana, Cuba to the late Josefina Lopez Chavez Nodar, Jose lived throughout South America before settling in Miami, Florida with his family. Even as a child, Jose knew that he wanted to grow up to become a pediatrician. His sense of joy and gratitude in living out his dream was evident in the enthusiasm he brought to practicing medicine. Upon completing his education at Albany Medical College, Jose returned to Miami to open his own private practice, which he owned until 2015. To shift his focus from practice management back to patient care, Jose and his wife Deborah took a leap of faith and relocated to Del Rio, Texas, where he practiced at Val Verde Rural Health Clinic until 2018, where Jose then joined the Atrium Health System team at South Lakes Pediatrics in Denver, North Carolina. Jose’s larger-than-life personality and innate medical talent left their mark on countless colleagues and patients, with many returning to him as adults entrusting him with the health of their children. He cared for his patients and those around him with a deep sense of service and compassion, especially those less fortunate. He also loved making people laugh, understanding it as life’s greatest medicine. Jose was a man of many diverse interests, most notably a cigar aficionado, food lover, and numismatist, as well as a devout Catholic whose actions through life reflected his deep faith.

His greatest passion was his family, particularly his “girls.” He cherished spending time with his wife and daughters and has left them many memories filled with his laughter and love. He was never too busy for his family, always making time for nightly family dinners, driving his daughters to school, and flirting with his favorite co-worker, his wife, Deborah. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 34 years, Deborah Lazaga Nodar; daughters, Danielle Marie Nodar and her husband, Carlos Inguanzo, of Charlotte, and Ashley Nicole Nodar of Austin, TX; sister, Cristina Nodar Miller and her husband, Joseph David Miller; and many more loving family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or The Isabella Santos Foundation, with Atrium Levine Children’s Cancer Program to continue Jose’s lifelong mission of helping care for children.

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