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Goodbye Dear Friend.


I love you baby 🥰

Ann Spitzley-Mullen

Lee has always been one of my favorites. He was part of the "Spitzely's Gang" when I worked at the Appraisal Institute. For over 20 years, we greeted each day with a "Morning". A good man and friend. I miss him. My deepest condolences and sympathy to Vivian, Stacy and Bryan.

bob davis

Lee was not only an excellent person he was an excellent real estate appraiser with high ethical standards and I enjoyed and benefited from our conversations about various appraisal problems.

Patty Lubian

My condolences to all of Lee’s family and friends. I met him in his professional capacity of appraiser many years ago, but found him to be such a refreshingly genuine, warm and funny person. I know he will be terribly missed.

James Chipman Black

It was my pleasure and honor to know Lee. To know him was to love him.

Bryan and Rondi

When he first came to out Marco house, he said to us, this house was built for you two.He was so right. He was just a great man!

Richard Gill

I knew Lee for a number of years during my years with Barnett Bank. He was very approachable and just super to work with. My sincerest condolences to Lee’s family.

Trent Marr

I first met Lee when in 1988 when I went for experience credits for the Appraisal Institute, at which time he was in charge of education. It only took that one meeting and he had been a friend ever since. My wife and I stayed with him in Fernandina Beach several years ago with his wife Vivian. At that time he had only lived there for a few years, but seem to know everyone in town. He will be missed.

Mr. Paul Davies

Lee had a wonderful sense of humor a brilliant intellect and a warm engaging personality. In the 70s Lee visited FSU and stayed with myself Bruce and Alan at our apartment, he was there to receive an award. After a night of celebrating he crashed on the waterbed. I woke him a couple times with a “help me Lee” and from that point, we’d always greet each other with a “help me Lee” or “help me Paul,” and a big smile. It was an honor and a pleasure to have been his friend.

Sue Siradas

I am so sad to hear of Lee's passing. I was lucky enough to work with Lee for several years through the Appraisal Institute. He served as an approved Instructor, as well as a member of the Education Committee. He was always so fun and always remained a friend over the years. My deepest condolences to Viv and Lee's family.

Mindy Kusher

Lee and I knew each other in high school and in college. He was a gentle soul with always a kind word. The world was a much nicer place because he was in it. May his soul find eternal piece and I'm so sorry for your loss. He was one of a kind.


His laugh, genuine concern, affection, wicked good humor, kindness and love will be with me always. A real Mensch, gentleman, fierce friend and sweetest man. We were all the better for having known Lee and felt his warm embrace.Sorely missed, but never forgotten!!!!

Richard Wahrburg

There are no words to adequately describe my feelings right now. He addition to being a great friend since 10th grade at Miami Coral Park High School, he was my go to guy throughout my 41-year commercial banking career when it came to evaluating real estate metrics.

Jeff and Faith Gleiberman

My memories of Lee go back to when we first met at age 12. Too many to just pick one. I’ll always picture him with a big smile and laugh. We’re all going to miss him.

Glenn Lazarus

Lee was a great mentor and friend for many years. We shared countless stories and laughs. He will be deeply missed.

Rick Papaj

Four years ago Lee welcomed me and my wife Brenda to the neighborhood as next door lot owners. His kindness and support,, connecting us to others who recently built, gave us the opportunity to build a wonderful home. I am crushed thinking we won't get to enjoy it with him. I witnessedd his caring wife Vivian (plus family) taking great care in keeping Lee comfortable. I miss him already...

Francine Waronker-Proffitt

All my memories are very fond. I love Lee with all my heart. He was my brother.

Lee Harold Waronker


Lee Harold Waronker passed away on Thursday morning, April 21, 2022, in Fernandina Beach, Florida, with his beloved wife, Vivian Saladrigas Waronker, and his children Bryan and Stacy by his side, finally succumbing to the cancer that he had bravely fought for many years. He was 67 years old.

Lee was born on October 10th, 1954, in Boston, grew up in Miami, and later along with Viv, made Fernandina Beach their oasis. He built a successful real estate appraisal agency, Waronker & Rosen based in Miami with clients throughout the United States and the Caribbean.
A man with a ready laugh and keen sense of humor, Lee had a knack for forming warm friendships with many of his clients, which is right in line with his overall genial nature. With Lee Waronker, there weren’t six degrees of separation, there were maybe two or three, as he had an uncanny gift for meeting someone—be it a winemaker in Sonoma, a waiter at a Key West restaurant, or a seat mate on a plane bound for Barcelona—and within a few minutes of conversation, finding a connection that would turn that stranger into a friend. And unlike most people who fall into such casual and often fleeting amicable encounters, Lee took care to maintain the relationships, with many stretching into deep friendships that lasted throughout his lifetime.

Lee shared a love of travel, sports, music, good food and wine, and generously entertaining friends and family with his wife, Vivian, who was his best friend and playful partner in crime. Lee also is survived by his children Stacy(Ryan) and Bryan of whom he was immensely proud. He also is survived by his loving step-children, Alejandro(Adrianne), Diana(Joel) and Coco(Pete), as well as a crop of grandchildren in whom he took great delight: Abby, Juliette, Alessandra, Andres, Lucia, and Lili.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 25, 2022 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors at 2:00PM. The family will received friends beginning at 1:00 PM.

He will be laid to rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery.


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