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Memorial service planned for Dr. Mauney

October 4, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Coping with the loss of a family member, close friend or loved one is one of the hardest challenges people face in life. To many Pine Islanders, the passing of Dr. Lou Mauney on Sept. 19 was the loss of all three.

Dr. Mauney, known to many as "Lou," was born in Gastonia, N.C., on Dec. 23, 1951. After graduating from John Leonard High School in West Palm Beach in 1970, Mauney served in the United States Air Force for 4 years before entering the University of South Florida.

In June 1981, Dr. Mauney graduated medical school and served his internship at Community Hospital in South Broward, Fla., and in 1983, he began practicing medicine out of a small office in Matlacha.

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Dr. Lou Mauney

"Dr. Mauney opened his first office on Pine Island Road in the small building where the Burger Hut was it's Pizza Bella today," friend, neighbor and patient Carlyn Herring said. "The entire place consisted of a bathroom, a small reception room, a small office and a small examination room - that's all there was back in 1983."

Today the office is on Stringfellow Road and part of the Millenium Physicians Group, one of the largest comprehensive primary care practices in Southwest Florida.

"In all his years here, Dr. Mauney was so much more than a doctor," Herring said. "He was an interventionist, a social worker and even a marriage counselor, but to his patients he became a friend."

"I knew Dr. Mauney since he arrived here," Cape Coral resident Gary Giebels said. "Dr. Mauney was a very special guy and much more than a doctor he was a very special friend. Whenever I had a appointment, we always took more time to discuss politics than medicine. I think the ladies at the front desk hated to see me because I always put the doctor behind schedule."

From the earliest days of practicing medicine, Dr. Mauney devoted his Tuesdays to Sunrise Group in Cape Coral. Sunrise Group LLC is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide people with disabilities the assistance and support necessary to enable them to live valued lives in the community.

Leslie Steiner has been executive director at Sunrise Group Southwest Florida for 11 years.

"I can't even put into words what an amazing man Dr. Mauney was," Steiner said. "Dr. Mauney has been our doctor at Sunrise since our inception. He came every week for 33 years and was always on-call 24-7 for the people here. He met with all of the parents, whether they were having difficulties or not, he helped at our group home with rehab plans and even the staff here at Sunrise went to see him as their personal physician. Dr. Mauney was a very special man"

"We would love it if people would donate to Sunrise because my dad was the first, and only doctor, to see patients there since its inception in 1984," his son Derrick Mauney said. "He went there every Tuesday for 33 years and always talked about the people there."

"I think their mission statement tells people who Dr. Mauney was," Herring said. "Their mission statement is 'To provide people with disabilities the assistance and support necessary to enable them to live valued lives in the community.' That's who Dr. Mauney was."

A memorial service for Dr. Mauney will be at Pine Island United Methodist Church, Saturday Oct. 7. Doors open at 12:30; the service is at 1:30 followed by a pot luck reception - please bring a dish.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Sunrise Community Inc. at 810 S.E. 10th Ct., Cape Coral, FL 33990

The Millennium Physicians Group has established a "Memory Book" at the office located at 10484 Stringfellow Road, Suite 1, St. James City, FL 33922.



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