Paul A. Garcia
June 30, 1930 – July 9, 2018
Paul A. Garcia, 88, passed away July 9th, 2018, with family by his side in Fontana, CA. Paul was born in Drake Arizona and spent many years living on the Santa Fe Rail Road housing units, as his father was the Railway Foreman. He went to work for Santa Fe at a young age of 16 years old. Paul attended high school in Needles, Ca where he played sports. Paul moved to Oxnard, Ca. and onto Fontana Ca. where he met Annie Peraza and started a family. The two met while working at the Swiftin Company in Fontana, CA. They were married and found a home in Fontana, CA. where they raised their family of five boys. Paul was challenged with many jobs before settling on a career and retiring from the Laborer’s International Union as a Bricktender. In his prior years, he worked as a crane operator and powder monkey out at Snow-Top Rock Quarry, which is now a beautiful Golf Course called the “The Rock”. He moved on as a Fontana Reserve Officer for 4 years. It was during this time that he was asked to work on a construction site at Kaiser Steel, refurbishing the brick furnaces. Paul also spent close to ten years working construction pipeline in the storm drain and sewer industry. The money and hours were great and it was the construction career, he chose. Paul retired from the Laborer’s International Union after 27 years of service in the mid-nineties. Paul stayed retired for 18 plus years. During his retirement, he was known as the “Scratcher King” as there was not one Lottery Ticket that he never purchased! His interest included attending sporting events for the grand kids, family, attending soccer games for the grandchildren. Playing his guitar and singing in his later years. He loved going to the Casino’s and even made his last trip on his 88th birthday, prior to his death.
Paul was preceded in death by his beautiful loving wife of 63 years Annie. Paul is survived by one brother Edward (Eddie) Garcia of Corona, Ca. Five sons. Ronald P. Garcia, (wife-Corrine), Pedro P. Garcia (wife-Susie), David R. Garcia, Paul M. Garcia (wife-Diana), Christopher A. Garcia (wife-Yvette). Paul is also survived by twelve grand-children and twenty great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. He will be truly missed by all, especially his family.
- Funeral Service Wednesday, July 18, 2018
- Graveside Committal Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Paul A. Garcia
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July 18, 2018
We would like to send our condolences to the Garcia family for the loss of their dad, grandpa, great grandpa ,great great grandpa. Thank you for always being there for my daughter Erica may you rest in peace with your beloved Annie.
Leonard and Rebecca Llamas
July 17, 2018
When grandma passed she took a huge piece of my heart with her... Grandpa you’ve taken the rest of my heart with you. My heart hurts.. I miss you so much.. Grandpa, I never wanted you to leave this earth but I know grandmas been waiting for you in heaven.. and that makes me so happy. You’re with your honey. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I can’t go to your house anymore.. to see you sitting in your chair, to hear your voice or making jokes.. to listen to you play your guitar and sing, the home I grew up in... the place I felt so much love. Thank you for raising such a beautiful and amazing man, my Dad. He’s my hero and I know it’s because of you and grandma. ❤️ I’ll love you forever grandpa and I’ll miss you always. Give grandma a kiss for me. Until we meet again, watch over me, lil’ Erik, Deven and Sarah. Love you my grandpa.
July 17, 2018
Papa, you were my drinking buddy, my singing partner, my fan and my friend. In the 15 years I knew you its seemed like I had known you all my life. You treated me like a daughter and I could feel your genuine love for me, I so appreciated you. I remember when I did not have an umbrella and I was leaving late at night to work and you were insistent I take an umbrella, the next day when I got up , good Lord I had three umbrellas one for my car, one for my purse and an extra for my trunk. I loved our talks when I would wake up and you had coffee made for me at 12 in the afternoon everyday! Even when you would scolded me because you said I needed more sleep after working all night, I know you had my best interest at heart. I loved listening to your stories when you lived in Arizona. We checked out all the places you said you had been and it felt so familiar because of you....
You were a big man in heart and character! You will always be in my heart and I will miss you very. May you sing with the Angels and look over all of us.
Thank you for raising such a great man your son Chris, he is the best because of you and Annie. God blessed me with a great husband and beautiful in laws.
Love you Papa
July 17, 2018
The house is so empty without you Mr. Garcia, I’m use to walking in your home and your sitting in your chair! And of course you would be scratching your scratchers!! I have known you for almost 37 years, there is no one like you! You had so many sayings like, “might as well drink, can’t dance,” & “first your money then your clothes” & “Don’t tell Pete.”
Mr. Garcia you were such a rascal!!! I’m sure Annie is going to be chasing you for about six months!!!
Thank you for always being there for my family, I remember when I had called you, and you came over right away because I had put too many logs in the fireplace and the flames were coming out! You prevented a dangerous situation! And how you painted our house all by yourself!! Always attending our boys sports & school activities! So many memories!!
Watching you play your guitar & singing!! You had a wonderful voice. You loved music so much!
We had so much fun going to the casino! And it was great to finally see you hit a jackpot!! My Paul had given you a turquoise ring, you would always say that was your good luck ring, but I would tell you, “I was your good luck, cause I was next to you when you won!!
I’m going to miss you, you were with us for so long.
Thank you for the good times & loving me.
Love you more
July 15, 2018
I remember as a little girl always making my Grandpa laugh. I’ll never forget his laugh, it was hearty and full and you could hear the happiness in his voice. One memory I will never forget is him asking what I wanted for Christmas and I responded peanut brittle. He laughed and laughed and I didn’t understand why it was so funny but guess what I got from him, a box of peanut brittle. I can’t even recall what else I got but I’ll never forget the peanut brittle. I love you Grandpa and I wish I could turn the clock back. I’ll see you on the other side of the stars.
Granddaughter - Mandy
July 14, 2018
He isn't much in the eyes of the world; He'll never make history.
No, he isn't much in the eyes of the world, But he is the world to me.
My dad, now here is a man.
To me he is ev'rything strong; no he can't do wrong, my dad.
My dad, now he understands when I bring him troubles to share;
Oh, he's always there, my dad.
When I was small I felt ten feet tall.
When I walked by his side
And ev'ry one would say, "that's his son, "
and my heart would burst with pride.
My dad, oh, I love him so,
And I only hope that some day my own sons will say,
Pop’s I’m going to miss you so much!
FROM THE FAMILY
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