Late Ontario resident to be featured on Donate Life float

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin | Liset Marquez

Photo: Maria Diaz and Vicki Kopasz decorate the floragraph of Alfredo Diaz for the Donate Life Rose Parade float. (Courtesy photo)

ONTARIO - Alfredo Diaz loved being around family and friends and most of all, he loved to entertain.

On Tuesday, Diaz will once again be delighting crowds. This time, through his presence on the Donate Life's entry in the 124th annual Tournament of Roses Parade.

It's also fitting, given the Ontario resident's dedication for the renowned parade, having volunteered for more than two decades in various capacities.

Diaz died Oct. 30, 2011 from heart complications following three brain surgeries in four days. His cornea, skin and other bones were donated and could help between 50 and 150 people battling breast and other types of cancer, as well as cardiac patients.

And with the Rose Parade an integral part of his life for the last 28 years, he was buried in the classic white suit and red tie that committee members wear during the annual event.

"He would have been so thrilled to see his face on that float, and knowing his corneas and tissues were donated, would have made him so happy," says Vicki Kopasz, a longtime friend of Diaz.
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