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Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

6321 Bandera Road, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Alfred Aradillas

December 26, 1944June 19, 2020
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Alfred Aradillas was born on Dec. 26, 1944, in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He lived a full life filled with laughter, music and love. He died on June 19, 2020. He was 75 years old.

Alfred grew up poor in a home with a dirt floor and a bed sheet as a front door. He was not embarrassed or ashamed, but often told stories of his childhood in order to teach his children about respect and dignity. He also talked about his love of baseball and often visiting a nearby bull-fighting ring.

When he was about 10 years-old, he and his mother grabbed what they could carry and left for the United States. After a brief stay in Chicago, where he saw snow for the first time, ate his first pizza and discovered rock ‘n’ roll, he and his mother decided to visit a friend in San Antonio before returning to Mexico. Instead, mother and son decided to stay and the rest is history.

Alfred met Isabel Sanchez when he was 18 years-old. After they graduated from Brackenridge High School and Fox Tech High School, respectively, the couple were married in 1965 and began a lifelong adventure they never could have imagined.

Alfred joined the U.S Air Force and became an air traffic controller. He served his country from 1970-1971 in Vietnam. Despite earning the distinction as a small arms expert marksman, he supported gun control. He worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and became president of his local PATCO Union. On Aug. 3, 1981, Alfred and 13,000 of his union brothers and sisters went on a strike. It’s a moment that would affect the rest of his life.

He never returned to the FAA. Instead, he returned to school and attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where he majored in accounting. He found a new career at AT&T where he was repeatedly promoted into management. Despite being a manager, he vowed to never cross a picket line – a sentiment supported by his three children – Michael, Elaine and Aaron.

He taught his children the importance of family. He loved being a father and he was very good at it. He was a great listener and teacher. He taught them about music, movies and current events. He encouraged each of them to follow their passions and loved watching their youthful energy. His unmistakable laughter will be missed but his spirit will live on.

He is survived by his three children Michael (and his wife Sandra), Elaine and Aaron; his granddaughter Maddy Aradillas. his great-granddaughter Isabel Aradillas; and his companion Marjorie Thompson. He is preceded in death by his wife Isabel Aradillas and his mother Maria Fountaine.

Services

  • Family Receiving Guests

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Keith Courney

July 8, 2020

Rest in peace my friend


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mike timmins

July 2, 2020

Alfred and I were like brothers for many years. Besides Air Traffic Controllers we were close outside of work. Many great memories. To show what kind of friend he was. My wife was in the process of leaving me with our three children. There were some very emotional times. One night late I was in bad shape emotionally and called Alfred. He told me to bring the kids and spend the night at his house. That's who he was . He would help no matter what. Alfred and Isabel were so gracious. My oldest son still remembers Alfred with fondness. So many good times. Homemade flour tortillas from his Mom. My first Menudo. Even though we argued constantly about politics we stayed great friends. I think of him often as a great friend and great person.

Frank Barela

July 2, 2020

My FAA brother Alfred was my Mentor and Instructor when I was hired by the FAA. We quickly became really good friends as did Isabel and Evelyn my wife. We went out together and just had a blast when Alfred and Isabel were in Albuquerque. Isabel even gave my wife Evelyn a baby shower for our first born Arellana, who now is is 45 years old.
We enjoyed each other’s company so much and we were so sad when Alfred and Chela went back to San Antonio. We missed them and loved them so so much.
Good bye my friend Alfred. Please say HI to Isabel, I will all miss you my brother, you are no longer here to argue and tell me how right you were and how wrong I was about Unions. I love you Man!

Stacie Sanchez Hare

June 29, 2020

My dearest Uncle Alfred was one of a kind. He was passionate and smart as a whip about issues ranging from politics, pop culture and his beloved Cowboys. I’ve sat at the Aradillas table on Christmas Eve for decades. We will miss his banter and incredible story telling. You’ll live in our hearts always.

Tony Banuelos

June 29, 2020

I still repeat the wisdom he taught me .
A mentor a friend an example
My heart hurts that my friend is gone
I’ll see you one day
To his family I send my love, may God help you in this hour of loss

JOHN MORENO

June 28, 2020

My condolences... One thing I will always remember about Alfred was his laugh. RIP my friend!!!

Carolyn McCain

June 27, 2020

I met Alfred when he became my boss at AT&T. There was something about him that made him unique,and that appealed to many of us, we gravitated to him. We wanted to sit close to him, a rarity when it comes to a rep,and manager,but he wasn't the typical uptight, go by the book type,he was real,and that made a big difference.What we did,reflected on him, so we always tried our best to make him look good.After the office closed,he, and I stayed in touch.We became friends. At work I'd hug him sometimes when he got to work, he hugged back after he was no longer my boss. He never wanted to step out of line. He was such a kind, caring man, I'm gonna miss him everyday of my life. Love you, Alfredito...Caro

Norma Sammons

June 27, 2020

Alfred and were in the same training class for AT&T. Later we were both promoted and became managers. I was very good friends with his Beautiful wife Chelita. It saddens me tremendously that he is no longer with us. Wonderful human being. To we meet again Alfred!

Junab Ali

June 27, 2020

With a wonderful smile and always encouraging word, as he trained me. He was a friendly guy and a great Air Traffic Controller who'll be missed. He was also a good, level-headed, local PATCO President. RIP in peace, brother.

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