Dr. Leon L. Haley Jr. was remembered Saturday as a compassionate healer, a loving father, a man of faith, and a physician at the forefront of Jacksonville’s battle against COVID-19 who put the welfare of patients and the community first. 

Amid their grief, his three children — Grant, Wesley and Nichelle —  as well as Haley’s  longtime friends and colleagues shared their memories of the late UF Health Jacksonville CEO during his funeral Saturday morning. The funeral was live-streamed from Wesley A.M.E. Zion in Pittsburgh where Haley was baptized in 1965. 

“My father was and always will be the greatest man I’ll ever know,” Grant Haley said as his brother Wesley and their sister Nichelle stood on either side of him at the pulpit as he spoke to the church.

Dr. Leon L. Haley Jr., the late CEO of UF Health Jacksonville

Of all the titles their father earned, he said “the only one that mattered to us was ‘dad.'”

Saints safety Grant Haley remembers father as a ‘hero’

“He was a servant, a hero who dedicated his life to others especially his family,” said Grant Haley, noting that from an early age he and his siblings learned the lessons of service from their father.



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