Elliott Collazo, son of Elizabeth Gonzalez and Franklin Collazo, grandson of Adolfo and Isabelle Gonzalez, was born in Lorain, Ohio on April 27, 1954. He died last Nov. 10, and his family has released these details on his life.
He was a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University where he received his Masters in education, he also held a Masters in Spirituality from the University of Santa Monica. He was an elementary school teacher, an assistant principal and an administrator for the Chicago Public Schools.
Elliott was a gifted salsa dancer who found great joy and freedom on the dance floor. He started dancing as a young boy and brought others together through dance by founding Salsa Night at Paris Night Club. After his retirement from CPS, Elliott served as a spiritual life coach to many.
Elliott spent his life in service through volunteering, mentoring, counseling, parenting and grand-parenting. His profound love for Latino culture, music, and dance, was practiced in his everyday life. Elliott left his body like a radiant garment on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 6:49 AM.
He was proceeded in death by his sister Dora Yvette and his beloved friend and former spouse Luz Maria Luna, the mother of his children. He will forever be cherished by his daughters Taina Collazo-Rosa, ( Robert Rosa ), and Camille Collazo; his grandchildren Mia, Isabella and Amelia; his brother Frank Collazo ( Pat Collazo ), his sister Marta Collazo ( Pershing Anderson and Sandy Turner ); his nephews Alfredo, Adolfo, Robert; his nieces Michelle, Isabelle, Bridget; his grand-niece Briella and countless friends. Save us a spot on your dance card, Elliott.