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Dr. Rene Fernando Llaneras

Dr. Rene Fernando Llaneras

February 12, 1932 ~ December 28, 2021

Born February 12, 1932, in Havana Cuba, Dr. Rene Fernando Llaneras left to be with our heavenly Father on December 28, 2021 after living nearly 90 years and impacting countless lives. Rene, together with his wife Coralia and children, emigrated to the United States in 1965 and later established the first pediatric clinic in Reston, Virginia where he practiced medicine alongside his friend and colleague Dr. Guillermo Tremols for over 45 years.

Those that know Rene appreciate how he dealt with life’s many trials and challenges, always content in circumstances both good and poor, and prepared to share a story. A loving man with a brilliant mind and giving spirit, always seeking and learning. Rene had an affinity for languages (Greek, English, French) which served him well in his many travels around the world. A connoisseur of fine wines, Cuban cigars, and bargains, Rene was affectionately known as “The Godfather” of the family.  A “Negotiator” on all things. He was an accomplished cook and fan of war films and documentaries.

Rene was preceded in death by his son Mario Llaneras (2002) and leaves behind Coralia, his wife of 59 years, his children Eddy, Martha, Rene, and Ada Llaneras, grandchildren and great grand-children.

We will all miss Rene, but his impact and influence on our lives will live on. We love you Papi.

Condolence

christy - daughter in law

December 29, 2021, 6:12 pm

we love you abu. ❤️ we promise to take care of aba always

Roni Elias Hinderliter - Friend

December 29, 2021, 6:21 pm

Dr. Llaneras leaves us with fond and funny memories. Sharing a meal with him was always full of laughter and wine. He never allowed our wine glasses to remain empty while our taste buds awoke from his delicious food. Along with lighting up a room with his personality, we were also able to witness the care and love he felt for his family. Sending lots of love and comfort, we are so sorry for your loss.

Debbi Davila Kerrigan - Friend

December 29, 2021, 6:48 pm

My heart is broken over your loss. I have so many fond memories of Dr. Llaneras. I’ll always have a picture in my mind of him with a cigar in his hand, telling me how lucky he was to have Mrs. Llaneras in his life. Theirs was a true love story. You will forever have an angel in heaven looking after you all.

Gloria Zowe

December 29, 2021, 6:48 pm

I am very sorry for your loss. Don Rene stole my heart when I met him and I will always remember him as the charming handsome gentleman that walked by my side on Gloria’s and Nick’s wedding. Priceless. My prayers are with you all.

Shelly Molaschi - Friend

December 29, 2021, 7:05 pm

I love hearing Martha tell stories about her Dad! Her memories of growing up with her brothers and Dad’s rules before anyone went out. Ha! Always makes me laugh. You have such love in your family. Hold tight and try not to be too sad. You are loved!!

Henry Kim - Martha's friend

December 29, 2021, 7:14 pm

I met Rene a few times through Martha , his daughter, but fondly remember the the energy, positive attitude, and Love he expressed to his family and friends. To the Llaneras family, my deepest condolences and I know that Rene lives on in all of you.

Sara Y. Andreu

December 29, 2021, 7:48 pm

My deepest condolences to the family.
May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your arrival and lead you to the holy city the new Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive you and with Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest in the Father’s loving arms.

Carmela & Wayne - friend

December 29, 2021, 7:55 pm

We are so sorry for the loss of our dear neighbor Rene. He was such a wonderful loving man.
Our deepest condolences.

Armando Campaneria - Friend and neighbor

December 29, 2021, 7:58 pm

I’m so saddened by your passing Rene. Although we just met a couple years ago, I feel as if we’ve been friends forever. Enjoyed our conversations and time sitting by the beach. You will be missed.

Yolanda Sauer - Friend

December 29, 2021, 8:04 pm

My deepest condolences to the Llaneras family. My prayers are with you all. Join Mario in heaven and rejoice over all!❤

Garcia Family - Friends

December 29, 2021, 8:30 pm

Rest in peace, Rene.

I always laugh at the memories from your family’s visits to Connecticut and of our trip to New York City when you jumped out of your car in the middle of 5th Ave, ran to my dad’s car (we were behind you in traffic) and you pretended to clean his windshield with your handkerchief. Then you put your hand out and demanded a tip.
There was also the trip to Macy’s on 34th Street in Manhattan when Martha made you buy her an expensive pocketbook. After we left the store you said: “Whoever decided to go into that Macy’s, I curse the mother that gave birth to you!” (your version was more colorful, but I cannot write it here).

I also remember the Christmas Eve at our house in Connecticut when you and my dad decided to roast a Cuban style pig inside of our garage. The pig wasn’t cooking because it was freezing outside, but you both kept drinking beer out in the garage all night. You were both too stubborn to bring the pig inside to cook in the oven until about 8 o’clock that night.

This afternoon, my dad was reminiscing and telling great stories about the days when you were both young in Santa Clara, Cuba. You lived a great life and you healed many people. Heaven has gained another star. Our deepest condolences to Coralia, Martha and Eddie.

With love,

Lorenzo and Carmen Garcia, Jose Rolando Garcia (Roly) and Xiomara Garcia Piccirillo
(Miami, Florida)

Martha Llaneras - Daughter

December 29, 2021, 9:35 pm

Thank you, everyone!! We love hearing all the stories and impressions he left. He touched many lives. Xiomara – we all had a good laugh …your description nailed it! He was quite colorful with his language. He may not have been large in size, but he could certainly strike fear to our core when we were growing up! So many funny stories! xoxo Martha

Rody & Maria Elena Rodriguez - neice & nephew

December 29, 2021, 10:16 pm

We will always remember tio with loving thoughts.
We are honored that we were able to spend some time with him in the past few weeks
and shared some good food and some laughs with the family.
Every time we share a bottle of wine we will drink in his honor.
He will forever live in our hearts. Will always miss him.
Maria & Rody

Pedro & Marlene Camacho - Niece and Nephew

December 30, 2021, 12:22 am

Rene, we will always miss you and think of you in our hearts …. You Always wanted to go buy Tamales and Carne Puerco with Pedro .. love

Marlene and Pedro Camacho

Mario,Pedro,Alfredo, Isabel Camacho - Nephews and sister-inlaw

December 30, 2021, 12:36 am

Rene you will be deeply missed,
You touched our-hearts with your love and caring, you have impacted our lives in a beautiful way You and your memories will always live on in our hearts, You brought up a beautiful loving family along side of your loving wife Cory

Mario,Pedro,Alfredo, Isabel Camacho - Nephews and sister-inlaw

December 30, 2021, 12:41 am

IsabelCamacho,Pedro,Alfredo,Mario
Sister inlaw and nephews

Rene you will be deeply missed,
You touched our-hearts with your love and caring, you have impacted our lives in a beautiful way You and your memories will always live on in our hearts, You brought up a beautiful loving family along side of your loving wife Cory

Juan and Christopher Valmaña - Nephew

December 30, 2021, 4:58 am

Juanito and Christopher Valmaña – Nephew

Learning of Rene’s passing filled us with great sadness; our prayers are with the whole family at this time of mourning. We have lost a great Doctor and the noblest of man, a courageous and extraordinary man that set an example for all. It’s a sad day, but we must celebrate Rene’s remarkable life; we were blessed to have shared some time with him and Coralia about a month ago, and talked about wine (obviously), as he was a grand wine connoisseur. We will miss you always may God bless your soul.

Juanito and Christopher

Scott Cantrell - Friend and Neighbor

December 30, 2021, 12:01 pm

A nicer and more generous family, I’ve never met. Coralia and Martha, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know that Dr. Llaneras will be greatly missed by all who knew him, so my biggest regret is only knowing him for the last few years.

Kristen Chaddock - Niece-in-law

December 30, 2021, 4:22 pm

Uncle Rene, I’m so glad to have known you and had the good luck to live close by so Danny, Edie and I could see you many times over the past 20 years. I’ll always remember your laugh and the fun we always had with you and Aunt Coralia. You will be missed so much.

Kent and Babi Latham - Niece

December 30, 2021, 4:27 pm

Kent and I were very saddened to hear of Uncle Rene’s passing. We haven’t seen Rene since we stopped by the house in Fairfax and shared dinner and wine with him and Aunt Coralia. That was indeed a special time for us and we will always hold that memory dear to our hearts.

As a child, I recall the times Uncle Rene would come by the house and cook. The house was filled with laughter and wonderful smells. Uncle Rene never let a bottle of wine go to waste. What wasn’t used for cooking was used for the cook. These and many more memories will be what I take with me.

Anyone that was fortunate enough to meet Rene knew immediately that they had encountered someone special. His love for his family and friends, his way of making you feel welcome, made him a giant among men.

Coralia, Eddie and Martha, thank you for sharing Rene with all of us. We loved him and will miss him.
With Love, Babi and Kent Latham

Dan Chaddock - Nephew

December 30, 2021, 5:10 pm

A gigantic personality who’s impact on me was profound. Always welcoming even with the impromptu drop in. Always generous with his food and wine. Always with a story to share.
With a heavy heart, I am thinking of him and the entire Llaneras family.

Lisa & Chris Windham - Niece

December 30, 2021, 6:36 pm

The Man, the Myth, and the Legend.
As a man, Uncle Rene was everything – passionate, affectionate to those he loved, and compassionate as a doctor. He was also a fabulous storyteller who was wickedly funny and where the truth was often stranger than fiction. His bigger than life personality will be remembered for years to come and we are all better people for knowing him.

Rebecca Michel - Neice

December 30, 2021, 9:53 pm

The best man ever. Fun, smart, loyal. No one can meet his level of living.

I love him so much

Marilyn O'Neill - patients in his wonderful practice

December 31, 2021, 2:39 pm

As a young mother in Reston, I stumbled on the wonderful practice of Drs. Llaneras and Tremols. They became part of our family almost, as our two sons saw them frequently over the 20+ years of growing up. Caring, considerate, kind, brilliant–are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind. We had the best of care always and generously given. Even after our sons were grown, my husband and I would pop our heads in the door of their office, just to say “hello”–and we were always given the warmest of greetings.

We thank the Llaneras family for sharing this wonderful man with so many of us. Please know how he touched our hearts as he gave his wonderful advice, wisdom. and joy–all the while providing the finest medical care any child could ever have.

Jim and Marilyn O’Neill

Steve and Mary Grafton - Friend

December 31, 2021, 4:46 pm

Our family has such fond memories of Rene, from the wine and cigars to his welcoming smile, endless stories and love for his family. We send our sincere condolences to all.

Linda Cantwell - Mother of Jackie & Kari

December 31, 2021, 5:08 pm

Dr. Rene, you will always hold a place in my heart.
Linda Cantwell

Noemi Chaddock - Sister

December 31, 2021, 10:05 pm

I can’t decide which Rene I love more. The young Rene who would start an argument among fathers employees debating who was the best Cuban baseball player. Standing in a huddle they were too busy to take care of any customer who would walk in. Once he had them distracted he would walk away. Oh how you and Robert must be laughing now!
Or the caring doctor who told me I have to trust him that our daughters rash wasn’t going to affect our unborn child. The baby would be fine and he was.
Or the senior brother who could answer any Cuban history question I had. He could recall first and last name as if he had read about it yesterday.
Thank you René for all the love and good memories.

Leonardo Valmaña - Nephew

January 1, 2022, 2:35 am

Leo, Mercedes, Paloma. Nephew

Rene ,your passing filled us with sadness. Flashes of moments shared went through my mind. You truly enjoyed the journey. Thoughts of you brings a smile. I remember when You, Coralia, Martha, Eddy & Renecito would come to Miami. We would have such a good time together. Wine, music, cooking, stories, always kissing Coralia, lots of laughter. Rene, I will dearly miss you and always remember you.

Heather (Donaldson) O'Donnell - Patient

January 1, 2022, 4:01 am

I appreciate the care that Dr Llaneras gave to my health as I was his patient 1970-1993. Healing thoughts to his family…

Cecilia Garcia - Ex employee and my kids were patients

January 4, 2022, 4:52 pm

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss Mrs Corolia and family I will always remember him I used to work for Dr llaneras and Dr Tremols back in 2004 it was truly a pleasure working for him He will be deeply missed.

Silvia Castillo - Employee

January 4, 2022, 6:12 pm

Words cannot describe how deeply sadden I feel to hear about this news. Dr. Llaneras and Tremols were my first employers. I was 18 when I started working for them I was young and inexperienced when they took the challenge.
I thank God for giving me the opportunity to have met these two wonderful men.
Dr. llaneras was such a storyteller.
I grew up without a father and when he used to tell us the stories about his girls I could only wish for a father like him.
He was so protective of his wife and children and
Even though I was not one of his own there were times that he felt the need to protect me also.
He stole my heart and he will always be remembered and his stories will always live on with my generation.

My thought and prayers go out to his family.

Laritza Sarmiento - Employee

January 4, 2022, 11:46 pm

Mi más sentido pésame a la familia Llaneras. Dr: Llaneras un hombre extraordinario con un corazón tan noble, de el aprendí amar al prójimo incondicionalmente. Todo lo que el hizo lo hizo sin esperar nada a cambio, amaba a sus pacientes, lo pude ver cada ves que tomo el tiempo para con ellos. Tuve el privilegio de ver el amor tan grande que le tuvo a su bella Dama Coralia❤️ Así se refería el de ella, mi Dama me quedo con sus ocurrencias sus bromas sus historias, las llevaré en mi alma. Le doy gracias a mi Dios por vérmelo puesto en mi camino y poder coincidir con el en esta vida. Dios me lo tenga en su Gloria mi viejito bello un fuerte abraza hasta el cielo ❤️ Att : Lari

Eddy Llaneras - Son

January 5, 2022, 3:05 am

As a young boy I recall Papi’s all-too-common response to my requests over the years… “Papi, can I get a bicycle?”, “Papi, can we get a dog?”, “Papi, can I take karate lessons?” His nearly certain, automated reply, “Si Dios quiere” [God Willing]. I soon learned the phrase really meant my prospects were not very good. Still, there was always hope and this often spurred me to work towards the goal. “Si Dios quiere” – what a wonderful phrase full of wisdom and promise [and what an excuse!].

Although not a very proficient fisherman himself (I think Papi liked the idea of fishing more than the reality), Papi taught us how to fish. By that I mean he provided opportunities for us to gain knowledge and acquire skills to succeed in this world. Hard at times, but we all took this lesson to heart – fortunately, none of us live in the basement [not yet at least].

Papi showed me how to become a strong, independent, and confident man – attributes he embodied. Never arrogant but grounded in his humanity. Always mindful of his past and how God was with him (also never hurts to have a larger older brother to help bail him out occasionally).

I have encountered few men quite like Papi – a true enigma in many ways. Brilliant, accomplished, a consummate story-teller, and a passionate man. He loved Cuban cigars and there was a time I never saw him without one – even in places where they were prohibited! He used to say smoking one was like communing with God. And he communed a lot!

Now, decades later, I ask, “Papi, will I ever see you again?” Si Dios quiere. I know God IS willing and that day will come. Until then, I will treasure the stories and memories of Papi for the rest of my life and look forward to our reunion in heaven. “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” [John 1, 4-5] I know Papi is now with the true Light as he himself provided light during his time with us.

We love you Papi !!!

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