OCTOBER 30, 1934 – DECEMBER 21, 2020
Alfonso Fernandez, 86, joined our Lord in His heavenly kingdom on Monday, December 21, 2020. He worked his whole adult life with the City of Laredo, servicing the community as a taxi driver. He never, in more than 60 years, ever took a day off, even on Sundays or through holidays. He worked until the very last day when he was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria R. Fernandez, and brothers Joel Fernandez, Eusebio Garcia, and Maximo Garcia.
Left to cherish his memories are children: Manuel (Edelmira) Fernandez, Petra (Antonio) Vela, Alfonso (Norma) Fernandez, Jr., Sonia (Abrahan) Rubio, and Joel (Nayelly) Fernandez, grandchildren: Mayra Marlene, Toni Lynette, Dr. Jessica Vela Stull, Alfonso III, Manuel Jr., Linda Christina, Abrahan Jr., Erick Peter, Eva Amanda, Alejandro, Ermilio Leon, and Enrique Alfonso, great-grandchildren; Penelope, Andrea, and Gabriel and Emmaline siblings: Petra Buendia, Manuel Garcia, and Doroteo Garcia.
Born on Oct. 30, 1934 in Gregory, Texas, Dad had very humble beginnings growing up in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. After his dad passed away, Dad spent his childhood and youth working to contribute to the family necessities. Because he had a huge heart, and perhaps because of his youth experiences with “pobreza perra,” as he would catalogue it when he narrated his growing years, Dad had a special affinity with the poor and the needy and the unfortunate. It was as if on a daily basis, out of habit, or in search of happiness as he drove his taxi, or while in line for his turn, he would be on the lookout for someone in need of help. He himself had felt the lending hand in times of need and such joy he felt that he wanted to keep it alive in him when he helped the ones who wore those shoes he himself had worn before.
High up on the list of the happiest moments of Dad’s life are those when he was at a “Tecos” or Lemurs baseball game. His favorite song is “Tecolotes Campeones 1977.” He was a red-blooded, “hueso Colorado” fan. If the “Tecos” were home, we knew where Mom and Dad were at.
Another one of his happiest of times was when he managed the “Royal Taxi” girls softball team in which his daughter played sometime in the late 70’s through the early 90’s. They played locally in the City League and would play as a travel team in many cities on both sides of the border.
Definitely, highest on his happy moments list is when he married the love of his life, Maria R. Fernandez (deceased) in 1956. Sharing their story would be so incomplete if there was no mention of at least one of their anecdote together. One of the main reasons Mom and Dad loved each other so much was because of their support and understanding towards each other. Mom would tell us about how once they were holding hands walking down a street, and someone came and asked Dad where he had bought his shirt because it was nice. He said he liked the colors and kept asking about the style. My father took off his shirt and gave it to him. This happened more than once with things other than his shirt, like money and other things. She always told him she supported him. Those were Mom and Dad.
In lieu of flowers, please drop off some snacks for those in need who gather around Jarvis Plaza, for those whom Dad always cared about.
You may express your condolences, share your favorite memories, and sign the guestbook online at: www.joejacksonfuneralchapels.com
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Topic: Mr. Alfonso Fernandez Mass of Christian Burial
Time: Dec 24, 2020 08:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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