OBITUARY

Alberto Francisco Gutierrez

January 7, 1926April 1, 2014

Gutierrez, Francisco Alberto Alberto Gutierrez, 88, died peacefully at his long time home in Dallas,Texas on April 1, 2014. He was born on January 7, 1926 in Havana, Cuba to Francisco and Albertina (Bolivar) Gutierrez and was the eldest of three brothers. Alberto was educated by the Christian Brothers of La Salle and then graduated from the University of Havana as a civil engineer. He completed post graduate studies in Washington D.C. through a joint program between The Massachssetts Institute of Technology and the U.S. Geological Survey. Upon his return to Cuba, he married his one and only sweetheart, Maria Rosell, and started both a family and a successful engineering and construction firm. In 1960, after Fidel Castro took control of the Cuban government, Alberto, Maria and their four daughters fled Cuba and eventually settled in Dallas, Texas where their fifth daughter was born. Though his first years in a new country were extremely challenging Alberto achieved great success. He earned a masters degree from Southern Methodist University and confounded the engineering firm Gutierrez, Smouse, and Wilmut from which he retired at age 71. Alberto was respected and loved by his family, friends, coworkers and all who crossed his path. He dedicated his life to leading by example, following the precepts of his deep Christian faith and his beloved Catholic Church. He received numerous awards in his profession while taking leadership positions in various charities and philanthropies. He always had time for others whether they were newly arrived Cuban exiles, young engineers in his firm, needy families whom he served through the St. Vincent de Paul Society, or friends and acquaintances who were suffering physically, emotionally or spiritually. He will be remembered as an extraordinary man by all whose lives he touched. Alberto is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Maria; by his five daughters: Maria Elena (Gus) Doskey, Cristina (Bill) Moore, Beatrice (Mike) Brady, Anna Maria Gutierrez, and Cecilia (Kip) Kernodle; his thirteen grandchildren; his brothers, Oscar and Sergio Gutierrez; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wants to express their love and gratitude to Leticia Matute and Elias Mambo who cared so compassionately and tirelessly for Alberto during the last few years as he suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Services will be held at St. Monica Catholic Church, 9933 Midway Rd., Dallas, TX 75220, on Friday, April 4, 2014. Rosary at 9:30 am followed by Funeral Mass at 10:30 am In lieu of flowers please send donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Monica's Parish. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, Texas 75225. To express online condolences, please visit www.sparkman-hillcrest.com

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Patrick Wallace

April 10, 2014

Mrs. Gutierrez & Daughters (alias—the Cinco Maria's),

Now you have someone very special in heaven working on your behalf. I was very blessed to meet your husband/father on three visits to Dallas. I can certainly see where the roots of your wonderful family originated. As Catholics we believe in the Communion of Saints, so I hope you speak to him & ask for his intercession every day. I do my dad. Love.

April 10, 2014

Mrs. Gutierrez & Daughters (alias—the Cinco Maria's),

Now you have someone very special in heaven working on your behalf. I was very blessed to meet your husband/father on three visits to Dallas. I can certainly see where the roots of your wonderful family originated. As Catholics we believe in the Communion of Saints, so I hope you speak to him & ask for his intercession every day. I do my dad. Love, Patrick Wallace

Mary and Tom Brandt

April 6, 2014

Dear Betty and Cecilia,
We are keeping your dad, mom, sisters, and your whole family in our thoughts and prayers. Your dad is such a wonderful example of faith and love to us all. We know he is up in heaven, and he's going to work very hard to make sure each of you join him one day. God bless you, Mary and Tom Brandt

Jorge Lavastida

April 4, 2014

Mi gran sentido pesame en este momento. Siempre recuerdo con el gran carino con que me recibieron Alberto y Maria en el 1985 y 86 cuando empeze mi carrera en Dallas. Muchos recuredos de tiempos en su casa con toda la gran familia Gutierrez. Un gran abrazo a todos. Estare rezando por el y todos ustedes.

Tracy Hummel

April 4, 2014

I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep Mr. Gutierrez and your family in my prayers. Requiescat in pace!

Jose Lavastida

April 4, 2014

!Que descanse en paz! Un gran hombre de Dios y de familia. Aun recuerdo las lindas experiencias de familia, especialmente durante las Vacaciones Federadas de la Juventud de Accion Catolica Cubana. Mi mas sentido pesame a Maria y a toda la familia.
P. Jose Ignacio Lavastida Mata
Nueva Orleans

Dwight Doskey

April 3, 2014

May God guide each of you pilgrims through these days as compassionately as he steered your father through his days. May we all be as blessed as your father was.

Sofia Othon Riches

April 3, 2014

My memories of Mr. Gutierrez are from my childhood. He was was a man not only filled will smiles, love and gentleness but also a man of character, integrity, and strength.

Celina Meneses

April 3, 2014

Maria y familia, cuanto lo siento, yo se que no hay palabras en una perdida tan grande y mis oraciones estarán con Uds. en este momento tan angustioso.. Un beso para todas..

Martin Chartier

April 3, 2014

Mr. Gutierrez blessed the world with his life, including his smiles, compassion, encouragement, passion and love. We thank you God and pray you watch over his family until they meet again.

FROM THE FAMILY