Taken much too soon, our beloved Jose Eduardo Diaz, passed away on July 17, 2017. We are certain that this loss will leave an everlasting void in the lives of all those he loved. Jose was born in New Brittan, Connecticut on March 20, 1961 and raised in Puerto Rico by his father Jose David Diaz (deceased) and his mother Lydia Josefina Romero. Jose moved to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 16 to attend Georgia Military College. Over the course of his distinguished career, Jose served his community, beginning as a Gwinnett County Police Officer and advancing in his career to become detective for the District Attorney’s Office. Jose recently retired from his position as detective, but continued to serve his community as an officer for the Gwinnett County Schools and as President of the Georgia Gang Investigators Association. Outside of his professional achievements, it is clear his greatest pride was being a loving husband to Denisse and father to his two sons, Hector and Jose Pablo. Jose loved coaching his boys in baseball and will forever be watching their achievements from above. Jose is survived by his wife, Denisse Diaz and children, Hector Jose and Jose Pablo, his mother Lydia Josefina Romero, brothers David and Cristobal (Tanya), his sister Aurorita, nephews, and nieces. A viewing will be held on Friday evening, July 21, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 pm followed by a Rosary prayer until 9:00 pm at the Wages & Sons Funeral Homes at 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church on 3200 Brooks Drive, Snellville, GA 30078. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made on behalf of Jose Diaz to Georgia Sheriffs Youth Homes, 2048 Youngs Mill Rd, LaGrange GA 30241 www.georgiasheriffsyouth.org or The Police Athletic League (PAL) www.palnyc.org

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  1. A limb has fallen from the family tree that says, “Grieve not for me.
    Remember the best times,
    the laughter, the song.
    Continue my legacy,
    I’m counting on you.
    Keep smiling and surely
    the sun will shine through.
    Continue traditions, no matter how small.
    I miss you all dearly,
    so keep up your chin.
    Until the day comes we will meet again.
    Officer Friendly; Rest in Sweet Peace
    You will be missed ?

  2. Investigator Diaz
    Thank you for your excellent service to your family, your friends, and your community.
    I am sure that you have seen your Creator face to face and He is well pleased and proud of you as He smiles and says, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
    Your example and your light will continue to shine brightly and guide many.
    May God’s perfect Peace fill the hearts of your family as they mourn and celebrate your life.

  3. “To live in the hearts we love is not to die!” Jose you were loved and you will be missed. I will forever be grateful to you….blessings to the family!

  4. Rest well brother and be proud of a job well done, you will be missed ! All of his here will be there for those you left behind

  5. Jose, your death will leave a huge void in the law enforcement community. To the family: thank you for sharing Jose with us and for supporting him as he did good for the community. He was admired by all of us in law enforcement who had the honor and pleasure of working with him. May God comfort you and bless you as you mourn and celebrate his life.

  6. Jose, so sorry to hear of your passing. Way too soon. To your family, please know how much he was respected and admired by all of us in the legal community. He was truly a good guy who was a credit to all those who serve and protect us.

  7. Jose you were truly dedicated to your family and career. You always teased me about my southern accent. You were a great coworker in the DA’s office and at the police department until u came to the DA’s office. You are a great example of an officer, investigator, resource officer and on top of the gangs in the county. The county was very fortunate to have such a true dedicated officer and friend. You are the example of a true law enforcement officer. Prayers for your family and i know you will be watching over them. RIP dear friend.

  8. Jose was a wonderful soul, and a great officer. He always talked about his wife and sons with love and pride. God bless all his family, blood and blue. We will miss you, Jose!

  9. Jose, my dear friend and law enforcement brother. Your unexpected and untimely departure from this world leaves a void in my heart that won’t be easily filled. Your friendship and comaderie are gifts my family and I will treasure forever. May you rest in the love and peace of our Lord for all time.

  10. Denisse, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of Jose. It was quite evident that he loved his family dearly, and we will never forget his passion for coaching baseball. Andrew thoroughly enjoyed coaching “Little Jose” in the Peanut League and getting to know your family. We wish you the peace that passes all understanding and the ability to eventually live life & find your joy again as Jose would want you to. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and the boys at this time.

  11. Our hearts are saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, and your law enforcement family. We’ll miss you Jose.. Rest in peace!!!!

  12. Jose I will ALWAYS remember you taking care of me and my wife in the hospital in Kentucky when I was badly hurt. You acted as Argelis’s personal liaison when she had only been in the USA seven months and you were there for her when her English wasn’t so strong yet and the police life was all new to her.. I always new God sent you with us up there for a reason and I’m so glad he did. Your being gone from down here saddens me greatly. I know the Almighty has you by his side now. Thank you brother for your service, kindness and your attitude I always admired. Rest in peace Sarge.
    David and Argelis Richard.

  13. I remember meeting Jose when he was with GCPD, and he taught my Spanish class back in 2003 at GPSTC, he was a hoot then. Over the years we would cross each others path. I joined the GGIA and he was still a very kind and approachable figure. I had the privilege this GGIA 2017 Conference to see him again, and thank him after it ended. I send my deepest condolence’s to his family, as they heal during this difficult time. Jose will be missed but his legacy lives forever in all of us. RIH Brother in Blue! We hold our glasses high today in your honor.

  14. There was silence all around the Heavenly Throne, where the saints often trod.
    As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of God.
    “Step forward now, Officer. You’ve borne your burdens well.
    Come walk a beat on heaven’s streets, You’ve done your time in hell”

  15. Jose Diaz was one of the best officers and investigators I have ever known. He was always the ‘go to guy;’ someone you could always count on. He loved to talk about his family while he took care of protecting the rest of us. May he rest in Peace. He will be truly missed.

  16. You left a footprint on this Earth like no one else. You dedicated your life to serving and protecting others. When the boys came along you shifted your life to put them first…to teach them to have character, integrity and to love and respect their Mom. Though you didn’t get the time to watch them become men, you were so engaged in their lives that they will grow up and make you proud! The thought of never hearing your voice or seeing your face again breaks my heart. Thank you for decades of friendship, for being the Father you never had, and for living a life to serve and protect…Sending prayers of comfort to you Mom, Your brothers and sister. I pray that God will give Denisse, Hector and Jose Pablo peace and comfort…you will be their beautiful guardian angel….

  17. I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.
    —Leo Buscaglia

  18. One of my best customers, never tried to short me, he had a light about him that shined, he shed a positive light as a police officer, than we we see today in the media, I will truly miss you “Ho”.

  19. Vaya con Dios mi Hermano. We’ll see you on the side. In the meantime we’ll watch out for your family.

  20. Jose, although only meeting you once, I was given the blessing of seeing you as you were welcomed by your children and wife upon returning from your travel and conference. I will never forget the love ❤️ I witnessed between you and Denisse and your adorning children. As education was important to you for your children, I promise to always give your family the best I have. I promise to help Denisse as well. I know your spirit will always remain close to your loved ones It was evident your love for them was without limits. You will be missed sir

  21. I will always remember the class you taught… Spanish Survival for L.E.O.s We have been friends since 2003. I have sent you messages and wondered why they have gone unanswered but now I finally know why.. may God hold you close and please watch over us. We got it from here brother in blue.

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