JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As information started to unfold Saturday of the unexpected death of UF Health Jacksonville CEO Dr. Leon Haley Jr., messages poured in on social media from those that knew Haley and have been shocked by the sudden loss.
In accordance with an inner UF Well being electronic mail obtained by News4Jax, Haley died after an accident Saturday in South Florida.
After studying the information, president and CEO of Edward Waters College A. Zachary Faison Jr. wrote:
Life is just not promised. Lord, have mercy on the information I simply acquired. 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢
— A. Zachary Faison, Jr. (@MillennialPrez1) July 24, 2021
He informed News4Jax when he heard the information, he was shocked.
“Again in 2018, Dr. Haley was one of many first individuals that reached out to me and welcomed me to the town. As matter of reality, he made an appointment and came to visit to introduce himself and actually was only a nice good friend and useful resource for me,” Faison mentioned. “Simply devastated to listen to this most up-to-date information.”
Faison mentioned he and Haley each served on the JEA board collectively in addition to the Civic Council. He acquired an uplifting electronic mail from Haley simply final week.
“It mentioned precisely, ‘I do know the previous few days have been a whirlwind for you. However I needed to ship you my congratulations on changing into a college and main Edward Waters to even higher heights. Take a deep breath and benefit from the second, Leon,’” Faison mentioned.
He mentioned Haley was an uplifting, caring one who can be missed by many.
“He had a really calming spirit. I do know over the past, after all, about 18 months, as we’ve all been grappling by means of the throes of the pandemic, to listen to his updates and his insights on how we’re navigating this area was at all times, I do know, a chilled voice for me,” Haley mentioned. “To know that we had somebody of his caliber at our metropolis, on the forefront serving to us to combat this pandemic.”
Haley was the primary in Jacksonville to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine and bought his first dose reside on tv to verify to unfold the phrase in regards to the security of the vaccine and its necessity in combating the virus.
From the mayor to his colleagues at UF Well being to fellow group leaders who labored with Haley to spread important information about the fight against COVID-19, all expressed sorrow Saturday and mentioned Haley can be deeply missed.
Dr Haley meant a lot to so many individuals and to Jacksonville. Dropping him is tragic and painful. I’m praying for his household. I at all times loved our skilled interactions however actually loved him as an individual. We frequently talked about our households. Under is from just a few years in the past. https://t.co/gXpQCPNApj
— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) July 24, 2021
Dr. Sunil Joshi, president of the Duval County Medical Society Basis, shared his shock and disbelief, calling Haley as a “great, great human being.”
“I believe the factor that made him totally different than the opposite deans and CEOs that we’ve got had at UF right here in Jacksonville is he turned part of our group. He wasn’t simply combating for what was vital for UF Well being Jacksonville. He was combating for what was vital for Jacksonville,” Joshi mentioned. “He did extra than simply lead our instructing hospital, he made an impression in Jacksonville. That’s why so many individuals have been shocked and devastated by this information. , that’s in all probability what hurts me greater than the truth that I really like him as an individual. We had a man right here who folks appeared as much as who was really making an impression and, being born and raised in Jacksonville, I do know that’s few and much between. And so it’s, it’s unhappy on so many ranges.”
Dr. Haley was a beautiful chief, and a good friend. His absence can be deeply felt, particularly proper now as our hospital is struggling by means of a Covid surge. https://t.co/PaUVuNIXzu
— Chad Neilsen (@MajEbola) July 24, 2021
I can not think about how devastating this loss is for Dr. Haley’s household. He was a proud, devoted father, a revered doctor and a selfless group chief. We ship our condolences to Dr. Haley’s household at this extremely troublesome time.
JAX Chamber President /CEO Daniel Davis pic.twitter.com/yq2UFfFNI0
— JAX Chamber (@JAXChamber) July 24, 2021
I’m shocked and heartbroken to be taught of the loss of life of JEA board member, Dr. Leon Haley, Jr. On behalf of JEA workers, my heartfelt condolences go to his household and mates. It was an honor to work with Dr. Haley-his take care of JEA and all of NE Florida can be missed.
— Jay Stowe (@jstowe928) July 24, 2021
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