OBITUARY

Santiago Alfredo Tapia

July 25, 1930April 27, 2021
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Santiago “Jimmy” Alfredo Tapia, 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in his home on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Tucson, Arizona. Jimmy was born in 1930 to Gertrudis (Palomares) and Pedro Tapia in Tucson, Arizona. Jimmy is preceded in death by his wife, Josie “Pina” Riesgo Tapia, his parents, and siblings, Andres and Julia. He is survived by his sister, Dora Alvarez, three children; Terry, Alfred, and Diana (Michael); six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Jimmy was known for his physical and mental strength for life and desire to have his family together. His passions included going for long walks, pampering the yard around his home, and staying active by lifting weights. Jimmy worked in the construction industry for many years and was a member of the Arizona Laborers and Teamsters Local #395. He continued to work for Tucson Unified School District as a school janitor for over 20 years, until his retirement. His favorite job was being a dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a loyal Arizona Diamondback fan, but his favorite games to watch were those of his grandchildren.

A Memorial Rosary and Roman Catholic Mass Service will be held for Jimmy on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 9:45 a.m. at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church located at 1800 S. Kolb, Tucson, Arizona. Interment will follow at Holy Hope Cemetery located at 3555 N. Oracle, Tucson, Arizona.

Jimmy left a touching impact on anyone he encountered. He will always be remembered by his philosophical approach to life and sayings such as “El que no mira en frente, atras se queda.” Those who do not look ahead, will stay behind.

He will be greatly missed, but his loved ones are comforted knowing he will now join the love of his life, Pina in heaven.

Services

6 May

Memorial Mass

9:45 am

Our Mother of Sorrows

1800 S Kolb
Tucson, AZ

6 May

Committal Service

Holy Hope Cemetery

3555 N Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ

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Mickii Cohen

May 5, 2021

Whenever I hear the word “gentlemen “, Mr. Tapia will always come to mind. He led his family with dignity, devotion and insight. We will all miss his smile, his hugs and his stories.

Jim & Jenny Washington

May 4, 2021

My wife Jenny and I have known who Mr. Tapia was for most of our adult life's, but had never meet him. We finally meet him and Mrs. Tapia after reuniting with our god daughter - Diana Williams.

Boy did we miss out as Mr. Tapia is a great story teller and was wonderful to be around. We quickly became friends.

One of the things I will miss is whenever I saw him he would say my friend, my friend with a big smile and hug for me. He will be deeply missed as in the short time that I knew him he was my friend.

Our Prayers are with you
Jim and Jenny Washington

Laura and Brandon Olmsted

May 4, 2021

Jimmy was the definition of quiet strength. I know that he loved to tell stories (and people hung in his every word) but he could also say so much with so few words. He was truly a lovely man and anyone who knew him was the better for have done so. He will be greatly missed.

Katie Mayer

May 4, 2021

Diana, we are all so very sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was such a strong and good man. They don’t make men like him anymore! I loved seeing him at family parties and speaking with him in Spanish, which he often corrected. I loved watching the love and respect he and your mom had for one another. I could always see their bond when they were together. Praying for your strength as you navigate this incredibly difficult time. May God hold you close and may your memories bring your heart some peace. Love you!

Daniel Loschiavo

May 3, 2021

Please accept my sincere deepest sympathies and condolences on the loss of your beloved father. I only had the opportunity to meet Mr. Tapia a few times at family gatherings. I remember him being very kind and caring man, as well one with a sense of humor. rest in peace Mr. Tapia

Charlie Riesgo

May 3, 2021

I will always remember my Nino as “my man”! Always a positive attitude about life. I strive to remain as active as my Nino was throughout his entire life. His physical being was that of an anomaly at his age, as many people much younger could not physically do what he could. He proved that if we treat our bodies right, it will payoff as we age. I will always treasure my memories of him taking me fishing and camping as a youngster. I am saddened to lose my last surviving uncle, but thrilled for him to receive his eternal life. My prayers are for his children and his grandchildren, as their matriarch has moved up the ladder. His work was done here, and He will certainly have a large welcome party as he deserves upon his arrival.

Christie Rodriguez

May 3, 2021

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I’m so fortunate to have married one of your grandchildren. Thank you for always loving him and showing up for him. The way you would tell stories of Michael as a child and sing songs to Alayna is something I’ll never be able to forget. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family, hug Nana for us, and we will never forget your ‘flex’. I love and miss you.

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