Alfredo "Al" Castro Garcia
May 24, 1933 – October 24, 2018
Alfredo Castro Garcia was born May 24th, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas.
He is the son of Felipe and Maria Garcia. His father a mine worker and his mother a housewife. Alfredo is the second oldest and has two sisters and five brothers.
At the age of 20 he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953. Alfredo served in the Korean War for 17 months and adapted easily into the military lifestyle regiment. Alfredo had many first during this time which including traveling by planes and trains as well to a foreign countries and seeing snow for the first time. Another first would be handling the M18 57mm recoil rifle while fighting on front lines.
After the Korea war ended Alfredo spent the last part of his service in Japan. He returned to the U.S by ship to Seattle Washington in 1955. 30 days after being back to the U.S. he married Nellie Acevedo on June 25th, 1955 in Reno, NV. Together they had three daughters. Tina, Vera and Victoria and would later have three grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Alfred worked for and retired from Lawrence Livermore Laboratory after 24 years. After retirement he would dedicate lots of his time to working within the Brentwood community as well as becoming a member of the VFW and American Legions with Post 202 District 9. Alfred would serve as Post Commander of Post 202 for a year.
Alfred was a dedicated, loving and selfless husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who put everyone, especially his family and friends first.
- Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2018
- Rosary Thursday, November 1, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, November 2, 2018
Alfredo "Al" Castro Garcia
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November 11, 2018
November 10, 2018
I met Alfredo and Nellie on May 22, 2016. My dear friends, the Reyes Family (owners of the Red Coach Deli in Knightsen) had invited me to Javier’s Graduation party. I didn’t know anybody at the party except the Reyes Family but I had a wonderful time. I wandered around taking pictures and everybody was so friendly to me. Alfredo and Nellie were especially gracious and stole my heart with all their wonderful stories and life accomplishments. What an amazing couple! Alfredo was so proud of his military service. He openly shared so many stories with me as though I’ve known him my whole life. God Bless him and other men like him (including my Brothers) that gave us our Freedoms! I asked if I could take their picture. They willingly agreed so I did. Then Alfredo turned to Nellie and kissed her on the cheek. At that moment I thought to myself…. “How blessed their children are to have such loving parents!”
I will forever cherish the day that I met Alfredo and Nellie and the lesson they taught me about the importance of always being kind to others because you never know who’s heart you will touch. Thank You for touching my heart!!
My heart and prayers go out to Nellie and all the Garcia Family & Friends.
MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!
Bonnie Plog, Knightsen, CA
November 6, 2018
Nellie, I am so sorry to hear about Alfredo...may God bless you and your family always...you all are in my thoughts and prayers...love you dearly
November 2, 2018
November 1, 2018
October 29, 2018
Dear Aunt Nellie,
I love you and Uncle Alfred so much. I wish I could be by your side now and pour through our countless, cherished memories together. There is no better man than Uncle Al and I will miss him dearly.
Everybody in the community knew him and appreciated all of the love and care he had to offer.
He gave so much of himself to this country, his community, and us. I really hope that everybody around you reminds you that you are not alone, we are all here for you to lean on.
And know in your heart that he will always be with you.
Call me if you need anything. I love you and Uncle Al always and forever.
October 28, 2018
many times i met up with al at the mcdo on brentwood blvd for coffee and conversation. he was always interesting but it was hard for me to understand him because his voice was so soft and my hearing is so poor, but we managed. the last time we met he told me some stories about his army days, and how he had such a hard time due to his poor english. from those stories i asked him to teach me some spanish phrases. i explained to him that my grandson is learning spanish at his dual-language pre-school in berkeley, 'mi mundo'. i learned 'que es eso' that i could use around the house with my grandson, hoping he could answer in spanish. it was fun learning spanish from al. that day he taught me 'dame un besito' without given me the translation. i was happy to learn some more spanish so i went to the counter and said to hector, 'dame un besito'. the staff thought it was pretty funny and hector was a bit embarrassed!