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Pierce Brothers Turner & Stevens Mortuary

1136 East Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel, CA

OBITUARY

Manuel G. Barrera

February 10, 1927February 7, 2020
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Manuel G. Barrera was born on February 10, 1927 and passed away on February 7, 2020.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Reception Thursday, February 13, 2020

Memories

Manuel G. Barrera

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Celia Beltran

February 18, 2020

One of my favorite memories of my dad was, every time Mom and Dad were fighting Mom would pack up the car and we would go camping. The beach was the best, tin can beach as we know it was where we would go and Mom would, with the help of us kids, put up the tent. She always left a note for Dad telling him where we were and he would show up after work in the company truck with our dog, firewood and a huge watermelon. Then he'd fix the tent we put up and get the camping stove and lanterns ready so mom could cook. In the morning we'd go to the beach, Dad would have us sit on the wet sand, he'd cover us with sand and shape it into race cars and mermaid tails. We sat there until the tide washed them away, we loved being the envy of all the other kids there. Dad made us a raft one time out of a tractor inner tube, a piece of round plywood and rope. It was pretty cool, he took us way out into the water. We didn't know he didn't know how to swim, had we known we might have been scared. Again we were the envy of all the kids. We felt lucky to have a Dad that could do all these things.

Elizabeth Torres

February 18, 2020

When I was a little girl, on Sundays we would take a big pot to buy menudo. Dad would buy me a pan dulce in the shape of a pig. He would try to teach me Spanish but I only managed to learn a few words.

David Barrera

February 18, 2020

If wasn’t for my brother Manuel to teach to work hard, I wouldn’t have what I have now.
Love You Brother

Celia Beltran

February 18, 2020

A memory I have is when my brother was 4 or 5 years old, how he would follow my dad all over the yard trying to help dad, he was so little digging holes with his toy shovel and rake. Then it was time to go to the dump. I remember Menito on his knees next to dad in the truck, no seat belts then. My dad loves taking his boy to the dump and my brother liked it too. Dad taught my brother many things over the years and that created a special bond between them not always in a good way because they would clash but always with respect and love for one another.

Rosemarie Hopper

February 16, 2020

Grampa - the one who would wake up early to get us McDonalds pancakes, all on my Grammas demands of course.. He would walk in with a stack of white styrofoam trays for us brats as he jokingly called us. His stories always involved him walking for miles, most of the time with no shoes on. He liked his wherters candies, sandwiches from the pickle place, Kenny G in the Caddie, gardening, driving the RV and of course his puppies Brutus & Mitsy. We got our dogs around the same time and it was always a competition to see who's learned the more tricks, I think mine won. I'll always remember driving w/him down Arrow Hwy to steal rocks, watching him draw, cut, paint & glitter the Christmas display characters. Watching him play pool, he taught me how to properly hold a pool stick, he also took me on driving lessons, it was horrible for both of us. He was funny too, especially when it came to his cell phone. He was notorious for butt dialing me, when I'd call him back he'd always get made at me for calling him and accusing him of calling and hanging up on me, this would go on for some time. On my wedding day he and I danced to an entire song, I was surprised that he had even stayed that long since he was known for eating and running at family functions. I will forever cherish that dance. One of the last stories Grampa told me was how his name ended up in the paper for a "backyard brawl" He had gotten stabbed during the chaos but his only concern was how his brand new shirt had been torn, it had taken him some time to save for that shirt. We'll all miss my Grampa forever, He was something different & special to each of us in his own way.

Elizabeth Torres

February 16, 2020

My dad and I loved to watch football, we watched our last super bowl together while he was in the hospital. He wanted the 49ers to win. He liked the half time show.

Elizabeth Torres

February 16, 2020

At age 85 my dad poured my patio with the inexperienced help from me and my two sons. He also made a whole new fence and BBQ in the back yard.

Miguel Cuellar

February 15, 2020

Lived with Manual Barrera for a few months in his Covina house during 2013. It was really special hanging out with him in his living room watching sports. We watched baseball, The Dodgers of course. Basketball was cool but The Lakers were not that exciting but Clippers were on top. We also watched The L.A. Kings on T.V. often. That was funny watching hockey because we were both discovering what calls meant what. I suppose we both jumped on The Kings bandwagon since they were Stanley Cup Champs the year before. We didn't have a football moment but we talked about the upcoming season which teams were hot. One thing I wanted to watch with him were WWII or any kind of military movies. But I think that was a Barrera with a Barrera relationship, a Father and Son thing. #FinalSalute

irene cuellar

February 15, 2020

irene cuellar

February 14, 2020

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