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Juan C. Garza-Gongora
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 20, 1934
  • Place of birth:
    Laredo, Texas, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 12, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    San Antonio, Texas, United States
The heart of pure gold & soul of his family...

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Juan Garza-Gongora, 81, born on December 20, 1934 and passed away on October 12, 2016. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Marianne Bankhead on 20th December 2017

"Feliz Navidad, Juan!
Thinking of you this Christmas Season!

This tribute was added by Vanessa Garza-Gongora on 12th October 2017

"One year ago today was the last time I saw you.  Since then, I have struggled to live without you on this earth, it's true that you never stop being a "daddy's girl".  My grieving has been a journey through the deep sadness of not being with you and pure joy to have had such a great father in my life.  My memories of you are my treasure...Your funny stories that we couldn't get enough of, your generosity, and your supportive nature that I relied on so much. You were a dad to everyone in my life. Through all my ups and downs, you always had my back.  I miss our conversations but I do remember and hear them so vividly as that will get me through until I see you again. The music you left us is such a beautiful piece of you, I get to hear your voice go through my heart bringing a tear and smile to my face. You left enough behind for us to have of you and I am very greatful for that.  I still miss my Dad....  

Oh, your hilarious Avocado jacket story that Chris told at your memorial service will someday be in a TV sitcom directed by Michael! Chris got some laughs, you would be proud. We could launch International Avocado Day in your honor with that one!

With all my Love,

This tribute was added by Marianne Bankhead on 12th October 2017

"From this earthly dwelling place,
we miss your beautiful face...
and your soothing
melodious voice..."

Thinking of you today"

This tribute was added by Marianne Bankhead on 20th December 2016

"Happy Heavenly Birthday, Juan!  I know you are singing with the angels!  Knowing your family will be wishing they could celebrate with you today, I am reminded of a poem by Renee Wood.

Your life was a blessing
Your memory a treasure
Your are loved beyond words
And missed beyond measure!

Love, Marianne ❤❤❤"

This tribute was added by loreni Garza-gongora on 4th November 2016

"Miss you Dad!"

This tribute was added by Marianne Bankhead on 22nd October 2016

"Juan Garza-Gongora,
You are a very prominent memory in my childhood.  You are the father of my best friend and always made me feel so welcome in your home.  I have so many memories where I was blessed to be part of evening meals, trips to Braunig Lake, and was once welcomed in your office were you worked.

One meal I shared in your home, I remember well because you cooked up these big juicy steaks just for Vanessa & I.  You made us laugh all evening sitting at the kitchen table.  In fact, every time I was around, you greeted me with a smile and made me feel I belonged.

Thank you for the love you always showed your daughter's friend.  Thanks for all the laughs and the great memories too!

It breaks my heart that your family will not get to see you for a while.  You are their rock and their strength, but don't worry.  You did your job well!  Your legacy as a husband, as a father, and a grandfather will live on for generations to come.

I remember looking at pictures of your singing days and listening to stories about you and all your successes.  The wonderful stories about you will not end anytime soon.  They will be a source of comfort and strength for those who love you!  Your love for your family will wrap them with warmth and help them get through this difficult time without you.

You are in my heart & always part of my memories.  Thank you for making my childhood memories with my best friend that much sweeter!

With all my heart,
Marianne Bankhead"

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