Lucio Gonzalez Grand Princess Cruise Ship Passenger Covid-19 Illness Death – On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, Lucio Gonzalez, 73, from Terra Linda, California, embarked from San Francisco, California, 0n a round-trip voyage from San Francisco to the Mexican Riviera with his wife Margrit.
Lucio Gonzalez, was an athletic 73-year-old who had worked maintaining trails in the California Parks system for 25 years. On the sunny afternoon they boarded, the Gonzalezes thought only of their high-seas adventure. But a few days after the trip ended, Lucio Gonzalez started feeling ill. Eventually, he went to the hospital where he died on March 27, 2020.
Born of the indigenous Mazahua tribe, he came from a simple life, where people lived off the land, but he was determined at a young age to do more. That determination led him to find a sponsor and immigrate to the U.S. in 1966, eventually moving to San Francisco. It was there he met his wife, Margrit, at a Greek folk dancing class. Herself an immigrant from Germany, their first date was at a Halloween party, where he dressed as an Aztec warrior and she Helen of Troy.
“They put him on a ventilator for three weeks and two days, and after that he died,” Margrit said. “I never saw him alive again.”
Gonzalezes disembarked on February 21, 2020, in San Francisco, a new group boarded for a 10-day trip to Hawaii. The Grand Princess was headed for a stopover in Ensenada, Mexico, when officials ordered it to reroute to California on March 4 after a 71-year-old Rocklin man who had been on the same trip as the Gonzalezes died of COVID-19.
Worried about the virus, officials blocked the ship carrying 2,400 passengers and 1,100 crew members from anchoring at its home port of San Francisco.
Ultimately, more than 100 people who were on the ship were infected with the coronavirus. At least eight died.
Lucio Gonzalez is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Margrit; his son Miguel and daughter-in-law Carla; and only grandchild Caylie Noelle; as well as his four sisters and extended family in Mexico.