OBITUARY

Cesar Augusto Gonzalez

January 17, 1931February 27, 2019

Cesar Augusto Gonzalez was born on January 17, 1931 and passed away on February 27, 2019.

Services

  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 7, 2019
REMEMBERING

Cesar Augusto Gonzalez

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Cesar Gonzalez

March 6, 2019

I am blessed to have called Cesar Augusto Gonzalez-T, uncle.
Uncle Cesar had a lifelong quest and love of knowledge, maybe more accurately, a love of learning. He was a highly educated man who earned a B.A. in Spanish literature, and an M.A. and Ph.L. ,M.S.T. and a S.T.L. in philosophy. He founded the Chicano Studies Department at San Diego Mesa College and his published works in both poetry and literary criticism are internationally renowned. But his learning did not end there - he observed, and learned every minute of every day, and more importantly, he shared that love of learning with everyone he encountered.
He and his wife, my Aunt Bette, spent many summers with me and my family in upstate New York. He spent many hours walking in the meadows or sitting outside reading. He loved to listen to the sounds of nature and wonder at the beauty of it all. We had ongoing discussions about science, religion, and life that were ongoing and lasted from summer to summer. We talked a lot about God and divine love and the human condition. He enjoyed the reflections of science, philosophy, and religion, he called them "the three in/out sights to reality".
Our discussions were often interrupted by getting soaked by squirt guns or a plea to come into the pool from one or both of my daughters. They adored their Uncle Cesar and considered him one of their favorite playmates. It was a time when he could totally relax and enjoy life - there were no expectations - except to be silly and follow along with the creative imaginations of children.
Thank you, Uncle Cesar for your graciousness, your insights, your humility, your love. We carry you in our hearts.

Lori Beattie

March 6, 2019

When I remember my Uncle Cesar, I think of his his kindness ,great intellect and his unwavering love for his "Dids". The example he set for those that knew him was high. I miss both my Aunt and Uncle dearly. They cared for us "kids" by extending their home and their hearts to us. We always knew how loved we were.
In the summer of 1976, I was invited to visit with Cesar & Bette. We had a great time. Cesar taught me to drive his Beetle with a stick shift. He had patience and nerves of steel!
In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”…
John 14:3
Rest in God's Love

Jerry Apodaca

March 3, 2019

In the early 1970's I decided to take a Chicano Studies class at Mesa college. The Chicano Studies department was comprised of Cesar Gonzales and Dan Munoz, that was it. Cesar taught me what it was to be a Chicano, he taught us to be proud to be Chicano, to be proud of our family, and our ancestors, and where we came from. Cesar was one of the BEST professors / teachers that I every had through out my formative educational years. I took every class that he taught, I learned so much about my brown people's rich history from Cesar. On a personal note. One cold rainy night after class I was walking back to my car that was parked on the far side of the football field, when a car stopped and asked if I wanted a ride, it was Cesar, he gave a ride to my car and when we got there he stopped and we talked about what I don't remember. What I do remember is that he took the time to just have a conversation and most of all to listen to what ever I had to say. Cesar was a great teacher, but more than that he was a fantastic person. Rest in Peace Cesar

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY