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Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

6321 Bandera Road, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" Garza

July 26, 1937June 10, 2019
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Robert T. Garza, 81, passed away peacefully and joined his maker on Monday, June 10, 2019. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas and returned to the Lone Star State after serving in Korea while in the U.S. Army.

Bob was born on July 26, 1937 to Maria Tamez and Jesus Garza, who preceded him in death and now welcome him into their loving arms as will his sister Belinda “Billie” Gonzales. He was the husband of Carmen B. Garza and the father of C. Marie Garza and Margaret Ann (Eric) Treland, all of San Antonio, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, his daughters, his son-in-law Eric Treland, grandson Jason (Jayna) Treland; his siblings – Yolanda Delgado, Bersaida Salinas, Idalia Pantoja, Reynaldo Pantoja; and in-laws, Ysidro and Janie Benavides, Benito and Margie Polendo, Evangelo Gonzales, and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved very much and who all brought a smile to his face!

Bob had many roles in service to his country, city, and family over his long, active, life. He was an MP (Military Police) in the Army, earned Expert Marksman Badges (rifle and pistol), and enjoyed exploring the various cities and countries in which he was stationed. He retired from civil service after 20 years as an Assistant in the San Antonio City Manager’s office.

Throughout his life, his leisure time was dedicated to being a free-lance photographer and civil rights activist. His passion for both activities was often conveyed in his photography--either with volumes and volumes of candid shots of people, places, and things or pictures of political rallies and meetings.

Bob, was a family man who had many loves in his life…his wife and daughters all of whom he was so very proud; he loved to talk and tell stories; he loved roses and wild flowers; and he loved to work in the yard and design projects around the house -- he was “Bob the Builder” to his neighbors and always had at least five projects in progress. God, be prepared…Bob is surely planning his next renovation project somewhere behind the Pearly Gates!

Bob Garza’s family expresses their sincere gratitude for the kindness and condolences shown by family, friends, and colleagues over the past two months of anguish and heartache. We greatly treasure your prayers and support that gave us the strength to endure. Thank you and may God Bless You.

Since flower arrangements are limited at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the San Antonio Clubhouse (https://saclubhouse.org) or your favorite charity.

In memory of Bob, entertain your friends with a story, capture your life in photographs, and of course – celebrate his wonderful life by enjoying a Margarita!

The family will receive guests at the funeral home on Monday, June 17, 2019 from 5:00pm-8:00pm with a Rosary at 7:00pm. Service will continue Tuesday, June 18, 2019 with a 11:30 departure from funeral home to celebrate a 12:00pm Funeral Mass at St. Dominic Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:45pm. For online tributes please visit the online guest book.

  • FAMILY

  • Carmen B. Garza, Wife
  • C.Maria Garza, Daughter
  • Margaret Ann Treland and husband Eric, Daughter
  • Jason Treland and wife Jayna, Grandson
  • Yolanda Delagdo, Sister
  • Bersaida Salinas, Sister
  • Idalia Pantoja, Sister
  • Reynaldo Pantoja, Brother
  • Also surviving are Robert's in-laws, Ysidro and Janie Benavides, Benito and Margie Polendo, Evangelo Gonzales and Nieces and Nephews

Services

  • Family Receiving Guests Monday, June 17, 2019
  • Rosary Monday, June 17, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Memories

Robert "Bob" Garza

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Andrew&Melna Benavidez

June 19, 2019

Uncle Robert was stubborn...he’d climb ladders he shouldn’t have, he’d crawl into spaces where he couldnt fit, he’d lift many things too heavy for him, he’d do everything no one should do and in the end it would all work out...creative, hands on, always loving, always smiling, hoarding tools, wood, piping, pieces of everything, bringing it somehow together, his bright eyes and smile, red red wine playing in the background, his guayabera with a pen in his top left shirt pocket. Forever loved.

Lorraine Boyett

June 18, 2019

Dear Carmen, Marie, Margaret and family;
We are very saddened by Mr. Garza's passing. We will miss his humor, his knowledge on so many subjects, his insights and advice.
He was a man my children looked up to; he taught them so much! I will miss him calling me by my childhood nickname. He will always be in our prayers and memories. We pray God comforts you all. Mr. Garza always remains in our hearts. With all our love, Lorraine, Michael, and Margarita Boyett/Gutierrez.

Jose Gutierrez II

June 17, 2019

Robert was a great man. He was a hard worker and I never saw him lose his temper when a project didnt go as planned. He would take me and we would go work on projects together. He was funny, smart and followed his motto "measure twice cut once"! He was someone a growing kid like me could look up to. I will always remember the good time and jobs I did with Robert! I give my condolences to his family and friends!!

Lori N

June 17, 2019

Robert and Carmen have been a part of our family for such a long time. I can vividly remember helping Robert build a deck and some birdcages for my great grandma and grandma. “Measure twice cut once” something i will never forget. I remember during the projects he would tell stories, be smiling or laughing. He was such a kind man always helping others. My deepest condolences to Carmen and the rest of the family.
He is greatly missed

Lori N

June 17, 2019

Robert and Carmen have been a part of our family for such a long time. I can vividly remember helping Robert build a deck and some birdcages for my great grandma and grandma. “Measure twice cut once” something i will never forget. I remember during the projects he would tell stories, be smiling or laughing. He was such a kind man always helping others. My deepest condolences to Carmen and the rest of the family.
He is greatly missed

Lori N

June 17, 2019

Robert and Carmen have been a part of our family for such a long time. I can vividly remember helping Robert build a deck and some birdcages for my great grandma and grandma. “Measure twice cut once” something i will never forget. I remember during the projects he would tell stories, be smiling or laughing. He was such a kind man always helping others. My deepest condolences to Carmen and the rest of the family.
He is greatly missed

Lori N

June 17, 2019

Robert and Carmen have been a part of our family for such a long time. I can vividly remember helping Robert build a deck and some birdcages for my great grandma and grandma. “Measure twice cut once” something i will never forget. I remember during the projects he would tell stories, be smiling or laughing. He was such a kind man always helping others. My deepest condolences to Carmen and the rest of the family.
He is greatly missed

RUBEN PAEZ

June 17, 2019

In loving memory of "Bob the Builder",

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. When our daughter Adela was around 3 years old she yelled out, "Hi, Bob the builder!" Our kids have called him that ever since and loved talking and spending time with him. Bob was always the first to stop and run over to help without hesitation when unforeseen circumstances happened at our home. This year our water pipe had broke and he knew exactly what to do to help fix it right. He will always be remembered as "Bob the Builder" our #1 neighbor's on the block. We know you'll continue your mighty legacy building heaven beautiful.

God Bless you and your family forever,

Ruben, Terry, Adela, Ke, Jonny, and Ricardo Paez

Denise Johansson

June 17, 2019

"Measure twice, cut once". Mr Garza was always working on several projects at one time. He could do more work than anyone half his age---or younger! My children and nieces and nephews would assist him and learn from him. His sense of humor and positive outlook on life inspired us all, as did his hard work ethic. He truly was one of a kind and is greatly missed. He was part of our family going back many years, to my grandmother's time. He would visit Forest Hills library often, and the staff always enjoyed his stories and advice. He knew so much about so many things. Our deepest sympathies to Carmen, Marie, Margaret and all family. We are very blessed to have had him in our lives through several generations, and he lives in our hearts and memories always. G.G Boyett, Denise, Paula and Jonathan.

Monica Polendo

June 14, 2019

Uncle Robert really did love to talk and tell stories! He was always telling stories and laughing at every family get together, ever since I can remember. Even if I didn't always understand what the story was about, ( I was never any good at history or politics), his laugh was contagious and he always brought smiles and joy to those around him. I am very grateful and blessed to be a part of his family.

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