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Raul de Arriz

Raul Luis de Arriz

October 6, 1959 - March 20, 2020
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Raul de Arriz was born in Madrid Spain on October 6, 1959 to Pilar Redondo and Luis (Lucho) de Arriz.
He had an adventurous and mischievous youth that spanned over Madrid, Peru, Argentina, Ireland and the United States. While at Colegio de Nuestra boarding school in Madrid, more than one nun attempted to rein in his unruly and unique behavior. Raul had an incredible bond with his grandparents, Joaquin and Concha Redondo of Madrid Spain. His mother Pilar Redondo (predeceased) was a beautiful heart, unique and happy soul. Raul was so much like his mom.
He studied liberal arts at Georgetown University. Biology, Neuro-Science, Architecture and Psychology at Montgomery College and University of Maryland. Education prior to college also included Colegio de Nuestra boarding school, Organizacion Juvenil Espanola, San Augustin Lima Peru and University Argentina.
His businesses included MacCorner, Absolute Mac, MCIS Corporation, Raras Music, RAR Enterprises and DeArriz Companies. Incredible businessman and work ethic.
How do you best describe Raul? To know him is to know his music. To know him is to know his love of family and friends.
Raul was a gifted and self taught songwriter and musician. His passion and love for music was unprecedented to all that knew him. He couldn’t pass a piano without stopping to play. Be it the Palace de las Cortes hotel in Madrid, Congressional CC, homes of friends or the Johns Hopkins Weinberg lobby. He entertained all with his amazing talent.
Raul had a heart big enough to include all, as we know from his enormous bear hugs and killer smile. So passionate of life, he ended every call or text with – “Big Kiss!” Nothing was more important than his family and close friends. So proud of his children, best described as:
Maximilian – The ultimate father, husband, family and businessman. Well aware of how to balance and prioritize. So much like his father physically, in business, in family and emotions. Loving husband to Misty and father to the twins, Oliver and Felix.
Aristedes – The brilliant engineering student with talents in theater, music, dance, the arts. A critical thinker, world traveler. Again like his father, so authentic in all aspects of his life.
Heather – A daughter not biologically, but definitely his. Two peas in a pod, kindred spirits, artists, animal lovers and tech buddies. His heart was big enough to include her as she so willingly accepted, so blessed.
My Raul. You made my life an adventure, a journey so full of unconditional love and total understanding. You’ll always be my kokopelli, my bohemian life partner, my love.
Surrounded this week by his loving family, Michele Bruno (life partner), son Maximilian de Arriz with Misty, Oliver and Felix, son Aristedes de Arriz with partner Kerri and loving daughter Heather Garrigus. As well as his very close friends, he parted. In the words of his mother Pilar- Sleep amongst the angels my love, Te Quiero Mucho. Un beso grande!
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Raul's name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. If you prefer to make your donation online, please visit:
https://www.cancer.org
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http://www.cancer.org/hopelodgenewyorkcity

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Robert and Sharon Navas

Posted at 11:29am
Un besito muchacho. Con mucho gusto.
We are inspired by Raul’s example for living.
SD

Sandy D'Zmura

Posted at 01:48am
What an incredible person Smiling, happy, talented, smart, quick witted, loving. Raul will be missed by so many and especially his children , Jax and his great love Michele. I keep thinking of all of the fun times we all had as our big group would gather and he would always have a song or music to play and make everyone feel welcome and you always knew he was listening to what you were saying. SO quick witted!!! FULL of life with his big hugs and stories to share. I know that you are dancing and singing now with your Mother Pilar and Tank!
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SETH WEBER

Posted at 03:33pm
My wife and I met Raul in beautiful Southwind a few years ago. Raul had that amazing smile and high energy personality. You could not be in a bad mood around Raul. He could instantly energize and instill happiness in any person or any room. Every time. That was Raul. We are glad that we came to know Raul and Michele. The world has lost one of the great souls, one of the good guys. A person who made the world a better place. Even if it was for too short a time. Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed.
Seth Weber and Stephanie Olexa
MK

Mary Ann Kinsella-Meier

Posted at 01:10pm
Michelle and family. Raul definitely showered those around him with love. I hope you always can feel his love surrounding you.
CC

Cathy Chapman

Posted at 08:57pm
I was blessed to met Raul in about 2004. We became friends and then lost touch for a while. I got back in touch when I was looking to buy a Mac. Shortly thereafter I met his life partner Michele. I could see why he was so in love with her. They make such a great looking couple!

I’ll never forget the weekend I invited them over to the house for a party and Michele was not feeling well so Raul came by himself. I asked him to please bring his guitar because I love listening to him play and sing. So everyone was on the deck and he was out there with his guitar singing to us all as we were dancing to his music. That is a night I will treasure forever. Everyone at the party fell in love with Raul that night on the deck. He is just a person that is hard to describe because he’s so creative so present in every moment, a lover of life and making the most of it. It breaks my heart as it does everyone who knows and loves him that he and those closest to him had to suffer so much in his passing.

I look forward to a big celebration of Raul's life which I know he would want us all to do. He will always take up a big space in my heart.

May God hold you in His palm Raúl. Until we meet again...

Cathy Chapman
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