Benino H. Gonzales
February 13, 1925 – October 3, 2020
Benino H. Gonzales, passed away peacefully at his home on October 3, 2020 at the age of 95. He was born on February 13, 1925, in Fredericksburg, Texas. He was the second oldest of 9 children and is preceded in death by his parents Maximo and Bernabe Gonzales; beloved wife Hilaria G. Gonzales; children Carlos M. Gonzales, Rebecca F. Gonzales and Julian G. Gonzales; brother Gonzalo Gonzales and sisters Concepcion Gonzales, Romana Perez, Victoria Rodriguez, Rica Martinez. He is survived by his sisters Sally Martinez, Mela Garcia and Sista Melchor; children, Jose R. Gonzales, Herlinda G. Martinez (Edward), Benino C. Gonzales (Rosie), Susie A. Chavarria, Christine R. Maldonado (Xavier), Catherine M. Gonzales, Sandra L. Gonzales and Virginia G. Gonzales, son-in-law Charles Jacobs, 16 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Benino was a devout Catholic and member of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church for 60+ years, where he served as Secretary of the St. Stephen’s Men’s Club and did volunteer work around the church. He was a Fourth Degree Member of the St. Vincent de Paul Assembly No. 2040, San Antonio Texas Knights of Columbus Catholic Fraternal Organization. A veteran of World War II, Benino served as a truck driver in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during the early 1940s, receiving an honorable discharge in April 1946. Over the years, he received many achievements and awards; Course of Study by the Board of Education for Tailor I Course, Adult Education Department’s Course in Drafting and Blue Print Reading, Air Force Logistics Command Bronze Zero Defense Award for his Outstanding Workmanship, Certificate of Equivalency for High School Achievement (GED), all while working to support his wife and children. He worked as a machinist at Kelly Air Force Base and was recognized in 1978 for designing a new procedure to straighten flanges and diameters of TF-39 aircraft, resulting in approximately $2 million in savings for the U.S. Air Force in the first year of implementation. After 31 years of civil service, he retired in November 1979. After retirement, he repaired lawnmowers and other small engines as a side business in his backyard, “Mr. G’s Lawn Mower Repair”. He was a pillar in his community and thought of as neighborhood handy man and jack-of-all-trades. He passed down his numerous skills to his children and grandchildren as often as he could. He always went out of his way to help anyone that needed help. He loved making his own salsa from the vegetables in his garden and his own candy with pecans he picked from his pecan trees. He was an avid fan of WWE wrestling and got all his grandchildren involved and watching with him and he watched until the very end. He was a dog lover and showed it by the many dogs he owned over the years, Duchess, Rusty, Peewee, Chiquita and Bessie. He spent days on end outside working with Bessie by his side and it’s very noticeable how much Bessie misses him. Benino loved spending time at his property in Rockport Texas fishing and spending time with family and friends. It turned out to be weekends of family gatherings and outings, leaving many beautiful memories. His love for baseball inspired him to coach his sons’ CYO little league and City adult baseball teams with his wife and children always there to cheer them on. With his wife Hilaria, he cared for all of his grandchildren until they were of school age. He was a man of integrity, pride, honesty and a loving husband and father. His strong work ethic set a positive example for his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren along with his generosity and volunteerism. Benino’s example and guidance will undoubtedly have a lasting effect on his community, friends, and family for years to come. The family would like to recognize and thank Guiding Light Hospice for the care provided Benino during his 1 ½ years in hospice. We would especially like to thank his providers Anavela, Vicenta, Melissa, Alex, Adora, Jenny, Yvonne, Amy & Devon for their compassion and care. Thank you to VA staff Evelyn, Kathy, Tom, Justine, and Dr.Tanjuatco. The Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday, October 19, 2020 at Funeraria Del Angel Trevino, 226 Cupples Rd. with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Mass and burial will be kept private.
Due to the Covid-19 declaration by the City, County and State Officials, only 50 guests will be allowed in the chapel.
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Monday, October 19, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
Benino H. Gonzales
October 21, 2020
He taught me to be honest, dependable and punctual. My daddy didn't have a problem speaking the truth. Cheating and lying was never acceptable. Sometimes he was brutally honest with people, but he was always sincere and respectful. He was on time for every event he ever went to. Anywhere we went, I had to be ready before him or he would leave me. I knew I could depend on him for ANYTHING. I felt safe and secure knowing I could count on him whenever I needed him. He showed me what faith in God is. Daddy was a religious man. For me, going to church was never an option. I feel fortunate that I was baptized, made my first communion and was confirmed in the Church where he had such strong roots. When my family faced tragedy and loss, my father’s faith never faltered. And I know, with Gods grace I too will get through this painful time. And finally, he showed me what it is to love unconditionally. My mommy, Lala, was the love of his life. She was his whole world. When she became ill, he was with her on every good day and bad day. It was very difficult for him to see the love of his life slipping away, but he never left her side. He couldn’t, he’d made a vow to love her in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, till death they do part. When she did pass, he was there by her side, holding her hand. Now they are united again and I know he is wearing the biggest smile he’s ever smiled. My daddy was my hero because he was a man of great integrity, a man with profound family values, a man of great intelligence and wisdom. A faithful, loyal, loving and caring husband to my mother and an awe-inspiring example of a father to me. As a daughter, I could have not have chosen a finer man as my daddy. I know he loved me unconditionally. I thank God I was blessed with the opportunity to care for him & be with him. I am honored that I was able to hold his hand when he took his last breath. He is and always will be the greatest man I know. I love you Daddy.
October 21, 2020
My father was Benino Gonzales, some knew him as Benino, Ben, Benny or Mr. G, I knew him as Daddy. The man who taught me so much, not just with words but by example, the way he lived.
He taught me that life isn’t always fair and things don’t always work out the way you want. Be strong and hold your head up. Don’t let it make you bitter and resentful. Life is too short. Do the best at your job and don’t be apprehensive about accepting new opportunities, they don’t come along very often. My daddy worked at a job where he was never given the credit he was due. But he never wavered, he went to work every day, never absent, never late. I learned my work ethics from him. He use to tell me, “don’t worry what people think about you, just do your job to the best of your ability”. Even though he did not have a first-class ivy league education, he was the smartest man I ever knew. He realized how important a good education was and encouraged me to go to college. And I did.
He taught me to be charitable and compassionate. My daddy would do anything for anyone without expecting anything in return. He volunteered for the Church for many years doing yard work, handy man jobs, helping with Church activities. He would also help those in our community. Whether it was a ride to the doctor, grocery store, barber shop, flea market or a loan until payday. I don’t think there is a charity my daddy did not contribute to. And then, the dogs. He was a dog lover. He always owned at least one, maybe more. It was usually given to him by family, a neighbor or adopted from a shelter or from the side of the road. But they were all lucky to have a home with daddy.
(Part 1 of 2 - to be continued on next memory)
October 19, 2020
On behalf of a grateful nation -
thank you for your military service.
October 19, 2020
We remember the Gonzales family well from when we lived at 614 Brady Blvd. many years ago. Our dad, who is 97 now, said, "I remember Bennie well. He was a good man."
From the Aguirre family from years past, our deepest condolences to the entire Gonzales family.
The Family of Hortencia and Fernando Aguirre
Eddie Martinez Jr.
October 17, 2020
Grandpa was a rich and powerful man. His wealth was not monetary, but that of Faith, Family and Friends. The Faith he had guided him and his family through tough, heart wrenching times. Many a man would succumb to the emotional tolls that he experienced. His Faith was strong. His Family was his heart and he did everything he possibly could to provide a Faithful, righteous & loving family. His Family legacy lives on in his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. He seemed to have a lot of Friends and made them easily. He always helped a friend, or even a stranger, when they needed help. Grandpa was the man of the house, the king of the castle and if we, I mean my cousins, were out of line, his stearn, commanding voice and towering figure made us obey quick! He was always served first, always with a tall glass of milk and loved all of his family members. He was proud of us and I was proud of him. He was a definite role model and I hope and pray that we can all gather together to share in the peace of his final journey, to meet with Grandma and their children that were called to the Lord, our God... Grandpa, we love you and will miss you, but never forget you!
Esther R Garza
October 15, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to all of our cousins. May God grant you peace and comfort in your time of need. Uncle Ben was special to our family in so many ways but one particular time he was there for us kids when our Mom, Victoria passed, his comfort was greatly appreciated. He and Mom had a special bond. May he rest in peace. Cousins just know that he is celebrating in heaven with so many of our relatives and that gives me comfort. Sorry that we won't be attending but due to circumstances beyond our control just know that we understand completely . Esther R Garza
Alice Herrera Robles
October 14, 2020
My Uncle Benino was a very lovable and caring Uncle. There’s 10 in my family and 10 in his. All of us kids would get together either at his house or ours. We were the best of cousins, couldn’t be without each other. Uncle Benino treated us like his own. We will miss him so so much but now he’s w our Aunt Lala who was a favorite also cause she made sure we wouldn’t leave her house hungry. My condolences to all my cousins. Love y’all and May He Rest In Peace ❤️🌹
Maria F ( Flora Sanchez) Rico
October 14, 2020
My sincere condolences to my cousins and all Benino's families.
I remember when we were growing up and we would go to Tia Juana's house and y'all would visit too, Benino was always cheerful and with a big smile. Your Mom too!
They have all had a happy reunion!
Love to all, your cousin Flora.
October 14, 2020
A father’s guiding hand always sits on the shoulder of his children, may you always feel his presence. My prayers and love to you all during this difficult time.
October 12, 2020
A father’s and grandfather’s love is a never-ending gift! May you forever feel his light shining down on you all from heaven! My sincere condolences and prayers to you all!