After a brief illness and at the age of 79, Last night the well-known Yucatecan businessman José Manuel Díaz Rubio passed away in Mérida.
Public accountant graduated from the National Polytechnic Institute, He had two great passions: the merchant navy and peace.
After holding various executive positions, from 1978 it was dedicated to maritime transport and was a pioneer in the mobilization of grains between different Mexican and foreign ports.
Pioneer in maritime transport
In 1985, in the port of Progreso, founded the first multimodal and port services companywhich extended to other ports in the country and abroad, and was the first to disincorporate the services and maneuvers of the country’s ports.
He was an associate of various companies that make up the Logra Group, dedicated to grain logistics and financial activities. As well was a founding member of the Mexican Chamber of the Maritime Transport Industry and the National Association of Maritime and Port Terminals.
In addition to his business work, he promoted cultural and altruistic projects. He was, along with his sister Margarita de Ponce, promoter of the Patronato Pro Historia Peninsular, and founder of the Center for Mental Health and Addictions “Amanecer Nuevamente” and the Alianz student community.
Awards and distinctions
In 2008 he was named honorary member of the Association of Friends of the Philippe Cousteau Anchor Museum of the Principality of Asturias. He sponsored the trimaran “Zamná”, which sailed for five months between the American and European continents.
He also promoted that Mérida, Cozumel and Progreso be named Cities of Peace. For his work in favor of peace he received recognition from the Progreso City Council, and the Nobel Peace Prize Summit in 2019 awarded him the Leave your Mark and Peace award (Leave your mark for peace).
He received the distinctions of Knight of Honor by the Sovereign Order of the Hospitaller Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, in Glasgow, Scotland, and the “Pablo Mijangos” medal, in the second edition of the Yucatan Maritime Exhibition.
Just last January, the Yucatan Congress awarded him the “Héctor Victoria Aguilar” medal, and the magazine “T21” distinguished him with the “Award for his career” for his years of work in the merchant marine.
The family of the Yucatecan businessman
Jose Manuel Diaz was the third of the five children of the marriage that formed the gentlemen writer and researcher Mr. José Díaz Bolio and Mrs. Margarita Rubio Mañé.
He was born on November 24, 1942 and on December 9, 1972 he married Patricia Roche Anconawith whom he had three children: Juan Manuel, Gerardo and Patricio (already deceased).
In addition to his widow and children, He is survived by his siblings Margarita and Pilar Díaz Rubio (Rodrigo, his twin brother, and Silvio have already passed away), José, Cristina, Rosabel and Ileana Díaz Torre, and Mario Diaz Dzul; political brothers Fernado Ponce García, José Eduardo Villamil Fajardo, Martha Medina Beristáin, and Ivette and Noemí Roche Ancona; daughters-in-law Sara Escobar Millet and Claudina Menéndez Reyes, and grandchildren Sebastián, Patricia, Belén and Genoveva Díaz Escobar, and Samanta, Lucía, Patricio Manuel and Claudina Díaz Menéndez, who receive the condolences of their friends, whom we cordially associate our.
The body was cremated and the ashes will be deposited in a crypt of the church of María Inmaculada (Campestre) the day after tomorrow, Monday, at a time to be confirmed.
For the eternal rest of his soul, Masses will be celebrated on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 in the same church, at times to be defined.
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Businessman José Manuel Díaz Rubio dies in Mérida