Rogelio 'Buddy' Chavez Sr.
Rogelio "Buddy" Chavez Sr., 82, of Key West, Fla., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at his home in Key West. He was born on Feb. 20, 1931, in Key West to the late Fransisco and Fransisca (Alfonso) Chavez. Buddy was a lifetime resident of Key West. He was a well-known drum instructor and entertainer in Key West and Tampa, Fla. He had instructed Joe Lala, who performed for Crobsy, Stills and Nash, Beach Boys, Barry Manilow, and the Bee Gees. He also instructed Kenny Suarez, who performed with Iron Butterfly. Buddy toured the U.S. and Cuba in the Daniel Santos Band and performed with many other well-known entertainers. He also performed at Logans Lobster in the Buddy Chavez's Combo and Two Friends Restaurant with Pepe Delgado, Lucho Gatica and Armando Manzanero. Buddy had performed for many years with Coffee Butler at the Hukilau.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Surviving is his wife, Maria Chavez of Key West; son, Roy Chavez Jr. and wife Raimara of Key West; daughter, Nancy Sanchez of Tampa; brothers Armando Chavez of Key West and Joseph Botella of Ocala, Fla.; sisters Martha Del Campo and Eloisa Chavez, both of Miami, Fla.; grandchildren Carlos (Eimy) Sanchez, Vanessa (Anthony) Hernandez, Laura Sanchez, Lazaro (Francesca) Chavez, Cristian Chavez, Jackie (Mike) Carlson, Julissa Chavez, Jorge Sanchez and Samantha Alfonso; and great-grandchildren Andrew, Jaiden, Benicio, Gabriela and Julian. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Mario Cabrera; and sister Regina Chavez.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home, 418 Simonton St., Key West. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the same site preceding the service. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.