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1942 Guillermo 2021

Guillermo O. "Billo" Vela, Jr.

March 14, 1942 — September 25, 2021

Our beloved Guillermo O. “Billo” Vela, Jr., 79, passed away peacefully in México City on September 25, 2021. He was the second of six children.  Guillermo was born in Laredo, Texas although he spent his early years in Mexico City, where he attended elementary school.  He then returned to Laredo to attend St. Joseph’s Academy for Middle and High School.   Following his high school graduation, he moved to San Antonio to attend St. Mary’s University where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Following his university career, Guillermo (or “Billo” as he was known by his peers and family) moved back to Mexico City where he became President of the large transnational auto parts manufacturer Grupo Echlin.  He also served as President of American Roll and as the President of Publicidad Vela.  An avid golf player and devoted member of the Rotary Club, Billo spent the latter part of his life living between Mexico City and San Antonio, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Guillermo O. Vela, Sr. and Adela Reyna, as well as by his sisters: Cynthia Vela and Diana Vela.

Left to cherish his memory are his four daughters from his first marriage with Esperanza Zarzavilla; Ana Teresa Vela Zarzavilla (Luis Pizaña), Adriana Vela Zarzavilla (Fernando Rotter), Angélica Vela Zarzavilla (Carlos Garcés), Alejandra Vela Zarzavilla (Antonio Andión), and nine grandchildren.  He is also survived by his second wife Leticia Affifi and her daughter Alejandra Aragón Affifi (Joao Da Silva) and 1 grandson.  Also, his daughter Gabriela Sara García Romo (Juan Carlos Pérez), two grandchildren and two great grandsons.

Billo’s passing is also mourned by his three living siblings: Roberto Vela (Cecilia), Federico Vela (Arlette), and Patricia Vela, as well as by 15 nieces and nephews from his brothers’ and sisters’ side.

Billo’s ashes will be brought to Laredo for a memorial mass and interment at the family plot alongside his parents at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. at San Agustin Cathedral on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, Texas 78041; (956)722-8850.

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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Starts at 9:30 am (Central time)

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


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