A service will be held on January 23, 2017 at 2PM at Miramar National Cemetary. A small reception will follow (3-5pm) at the Portofino Clubhouse in Tierrasanta (10690 Escobar Drive, San Diego 92124).
My Grandpa written by Ben Gonzalez
“When someone tells you thank you, you respond with ‘you’re welcome’. Not ‘no problem’ or something like that. Because it shouldn’t be a problem or worry to help someone else out.”
He loved helping us with projects, be it wooden swords, a basketball hoop or homemade go-carts, he loved helping us create something special.
He taught us to carry humor into every aspect of our lives.
He showed us that sometimes you have to let the other man win not for yourself but for them.
He told us stories and jokes that will never be forgotten.
He never made any enemies and was loved by all, making positive interactions with almost everyone he came to know
He expressed the extreme importance of respect of one and ones personal belongings.
He woke up each day with a new joke to tell and a lesson to teach.
He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, friends, duct tape and PVC.
He watched each of his children and grandchildren grow supporting them along the way.
He was a father, husband, grandfather, teacher, coach, engineer, student, jokester, treasurer, outdoorsman and much, much more.
My grandfather’s way of life and attitude upon which he brought into my life everyday has left an everlasting mark within me. I hope to one day educate my children and grandchildren the way my grandfather educated me. The way he could entertain any crowd and always extract the absolute best of anyone he was around was momentous. His passionate sense of carefulness toward each and every person he met taught me to strive for the same. He would always teach my brother and I to try and solve our own problems. He taught us to: consider the situation; try something, then to try again with resilience, until finally if nothing prevailed he taught us to whip out the duct tape. He taught us love the things you love, be positive each day and to never stop learning in your lifetime. For each lesson or message he conveyed to us I am grateful. I am fortunate to have had such a figure in my life and his actions will never be forgotten.