This tribute was added by Lorrie Thompson on August 2, 2020
Tribute by Alex Alcoser - July 24th, 2020
I served in the army from 66-68..I got stationed in Germany at Rheinland Kaserne..I was in HHC 78th Engineer Bn...that is where i met the Colonel..He was doing an inspector general visit...He asked me "where are you from soldier ? I replied Texas ..sir...Where in Texas soldier ? Harlingen sir...where in Harlingen ? I live on Orange Heights....he asked do you know where Fair Park is ?? Yes sir not far from my home...Then i found out his brother a mechanic in Fair Park had done work on our car...I always thought i would meet him again. He moved to San Antonio..I would ask his brother about him and would say he was doing good...Rest in peace Colonel...
This tribute was added by Manuel Neave on July 24, 2020
When I was a much younger man, I was introduced to Roy Alvarez as a friend. As our friendship bloomed, I got to know his family very well, specifically Roy’s father. Mr. Alvarez and Mama Alvarez welcomed me as one of their own and in turn I felt like this was my “second” family away from home.
Mr. Alvarez was a man that could make you forget all the stress of daily life with his sharp humor and warm persona. Not to mention, he always made sure I had a full belly and treated everyone with respect. I fondly remember a time when Mr. Alvarez asked Roy and myself to go buy a new lightbulb for
the porch. So, we go to the store, come back and put the lightbulb in. A few minutes later Mr. Alvarez comes outside and asks us if we were hosting a square dance for the whole neighborhood because of how bright the lightbulb was. Being young we didn’t really know about wattages, we just grabbed one of the same sizes. Still to this day I can hear his voice saying that like it was just yesterday.
Mr. Alvarez taught me to respect and cherish family and friends. He was an amazing role model and will be greatly missed but always remembered.
Senor Alvarez vaya con Dios.
This tribute was added by Al Alvarez on July 23, 2020
Everything I've read about ROY is true, but I especially remember the times when we'd visit his Restaurant in Harlingen.....we'd visit to visit but he'd insist that we that was out of this world. He did have a gift for that. He always wanted to please us and was so happy to see us come in as we were to see him and Tillie. We had some good times while we were both stationed in Germany and then even better times traveling to Italy and the Vatican in that VW Bus with a few beverages. It is so nice to know that He loved his family so much. Say hello to my Mother in Heaven. Love you.
This tribute was added by Crystal Alvarez on July 22, 2020
There are no words to describe how much we miss you! You welcomed me into your family from day one and treated me just like a grand daughter. You have such a huge heart and we always loved spending time with you and grandma. You guys always put family first and my heart hurts to know we won’t be able to hug you just one more time, but I take comfort in knowing you are up in heaven watching over us. I’m so honored and proud that I get to raise Roy V to be just like you, and keep the legacy going, as well as Mia and Ava! Till we meet again grandpa , love you so much!
This tribute was added by Carol Alvarez on July 22, 2020
Hi Dad,
I know you're here with us, but man, we miss your actual, physical presence fiercely, already. What I wouldn't give to have those big strong hands on either of my cheeks again while you said, I love you, one more time. I will always miss our "inside jokes," the way you'd roll your eyes and grin when Mom would tell you you were wrong about something. I will forever, for just a second, think "I need to call Dad," when I'm watching football and something exciting happens, or something really stupid. I have one less person to rant to about the Cowboys, and one less person to argue about how Notre Dame is better than Texas A&M. You were there for me when my Dad couldn't be to walk me down the aisle. Thank you for that. You stepped up and filled that void when he died, without hesitation. You were THE BEST grandfather to my children, and they moved heaven and Earth to be here to say goodbye one last time, b/c, well, you are Grandpa and no one will ever take your place in their lives or hearts. Your great grandchildren, quite simply, adore you. They will always know all about you and they will love you their whole lives with their whole hearts. I am so grateful to have had the best father-in-law a girl could wish for. I was always so proud of you, who you were, what you accomplished in your life, and the life's lessons you so willingly shared with all of us as a result of that were amazing. You had ENDLESS patience with us. I will miss you for the rest of my life, but when I look at my children and my grandchildren, and one day hopefully, my great grandchildren, I will see you. And I will smile. So goodbye to you for now, my favorite father-in-law from your favorite daughter-in-law. Until we meet again, I love you.
This tribute was added by Roy Alvarez on July 22, 2020
For my Grandpa,

I will always miss calling you up and talking about how frustrated we were with our beloved Dallas Cowboys. You always had a way to make me feel better about Tony Romo botching the field goal hold and losing that playoff game. Haha.

But on a more serious note, nothing ever meant more to me than the name that was bestowed upon me. Being a “Roy” in our family always made me feel special and because of it, I always wanted to make you proud. You set a great example of how to be a great father and wonderful grandfather. I regret that we didn’t get to spend more time together but I’ll never forget the good times we did have.

I’ll love you always and will continue to try to make your name proud.
This tribute was added by Christine Corser on July 22, 2020
Dear Aunt Tillie, our family continues to be very blessed by having you and Uncle Roy always by our side in our lives. The Cisneros family sends their sympathies to you and all our Alvarez cousins. Uncle Roy will always be remembered by his kindness, gentleness, humor and sincere love to all of us! Dad and Mom would always cherish their visits with you, and of course, their friendship with you throughout their lives. The same for all of us kids. So many celebrations and memories of life have always Been shared with the Alvarez family! We are truly blessed for this life long friendship!
Thank you for your love.
Tina and Tom Corser
Tim and Karla Cisneros
George and Catherine Cisneros
Henry and Mary Alice Cisneros
This tribute was added by Sonia Perez on July 22, 2020
When I received the call that our dear Roy had passed away, it felt like the earth shattered underneath my feet. He was an extremely important person in my life and always treated me like one of his own. I’m thankful for the time Chris and I spent with him and Tillie in Harlingen. We ate, laughed, and ate some more. Roy made it his goal in life to keep you feeling loved, happy, and fed. We communicated often by phone after he and Tillie moved away. I always looked forward to our conversations. He was so proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Throughout his life, Roy demonstrated kindness, compassion, inclusivity, and acceptance. Through these wonderful qualities and many more, he helped shape each of us who were blessed to know him and spend time with him. I thanked God for allowing me the great blessing to have had one last phone call with Roy just a few days before he died. Roy, Tillie, and I had a great conversation and shared a laugh or two. Roy always ended his calls with, “We love you. Hope to see you soon.” You can definitely count on it, Roy. We will see each other again. Sending the Alvarez family our love, prayers, comfort, and peace.
This tribute was added by Theresa Salinas-McLachlan... on July 21, 2020
When I heard my Uncle Roy had passed it was unbelievable. He was bigger than life to all of us as children . He was to me a gentle giant. He was an incredible example to all of us, and we were proud of all his diligence and bravery. I know he will be missed by all, especially by his beautiful wife, our Aunt Tillie. How blessed you two were to share an eternal and true love . Uncle Roy we are all better for knowing and loving you.You have left us here on earth but will remain in all our hearts forever.
This tribute was added by Anna McCoy on July 21, 2020
For my Daddy:

“The life of the dead is placed on the memories of the living. The love you gave in life keeps people alive beyond their time. Anyone who was given love will always live on in another's heart.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

The day my daddy died I tried to put my feelings on paper, but the words would not come. It was only then that I realized my struggle to acknowledge his passing is because he’s locked away in my heart. By sharing some of my treasured memories I hope to honor that love.

When I was a small child my daddy was far away serving our country, and I didn’t really know him. My earliest remembrances of him were the Peanuts cards he used to send us from Vietnam. My father was a true public servant. His enormous capacity to give of himself was evident in his generosity, thoughtfulness, and steadfast nature. His actions taught me that service is noble, necessary and important.

My daddy became a mentor and father figure to many. He was a great communicator, charismatic, humble, strong and yet he had a gentle loving spirit. So many times death came calling, and he always beat it back with his strong will to live. I witnessed his strength from a hospital bedside more times than I’d like to remember. He died trying to extend his life, and while heartbroken he’s gone I take pride in knowing he gave it his all.

I will never hear a song by Vicente Fernandez, Rocio Durcal, Andrea Boccelli or “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” by Perez Prado and not think of your love of music and my mother. My parents were blessed with an eternal love, and their separation is only an earthly circumstance. You were a man of faith. You lived that faith every day. It was such a fierce faith that it will continue to sustain the love you two share in an unbreakable bond without end.
From the parable of the talents in the book of Matthew:
Master you entrusted me with five talents, see I have gained five more.
The master replied well done my good and faithful servant.

I am the fifth child in my family and take comfort in sharing the sweet memories of a father who left an indelible mark on all of our lives. Thank you for showing us how to serve. You have truly been our Father’s son…a good and faithful servant.

I treasure all the Saturday silver dollar pancakes, Sunday omelets, mouthwatering BBQ, and aggie jokes. I loved watching football, old westerns and military movies with you. You always said my strawberry pies, chicken strips, and migas were delicious. When I worked as your secretary at your engineering firm you gave me confidence by trusting me to work alongside you. Too many gifts for words…

My memories are the threads that will hold me together in the coming years… I’m especially proud of the gift I gave you daddy. You and my dog Snoopy met and fell instantly in love. It was as if two parted best friends were reunited. He gave you so much joy and unconditional love…just like you gave me. I started a tradition years ago of naming all my pets after the Peanuts characters. I suppose it was fate that the early gift of those cards would come full circle to be a gift to you too. You and Snoopy are reunited daddy. Just please don’t let him steal any more carnitas or talk you into giving him just one more treat.

On July 16 when your heart stopped I lost my words. I hope that these words I’ve managed to find express my true love and gratitude.

Say not in grief “he is no more” but in thankfulness that he was – Hebrew proverb

I am thankful you were my daddy.
All my love Anna
This tribute was added by Roy Alvarez III on July 21, 2020
To my dad…you will always be missed, but never forgotten.

As I reflect upon the passing of my father, I feel the aching, gut-wrenching pain of his absence. My thoughts immediately move to my mother who will have to go on without the love of her life. After 65 wonderful years by his side, I can’t imagine the pain, sadness, and loneliness she must feel. Mom, know this, you are not alone in your pain and sadness and you will always be loved. We are extremely blessed to have had dad in our lives, his presence has left a profound and lasting affect across many generations. For me, he not only shared with, but showed me what it was to be a good son, a good husband, a good father, and a good man. He gave me the greatest gifts a father can give his son...he unconditionally loved his mother, my mother, my sisters, and me. He believed in me, often when I didn’t believe in myself. He showed me tough love when I needed it most. He got me involved in team sports by coaching me, often when he had little time to do so. He made time and my mother was right there along side him. I learned some valuable lessons that serve me well to this day. Lessons such as…"you get what you work for”; “winning isn’t everything, if you did your best”; and "working for something bigger than yourself lifts everyone up". I am who I am because of him and the love he and my mother shared. I will take comfort in having had a front row seat to a life well-lived and well-shared. I hope my children and their children see themselves in the same front row seat when they reflect upon the life my wife Carol and I have lived. I hope we set the same high bar as well. So dad, until we meet again, I take comfort that I will see you on the other side. Mom will be taken care of and surrounded with love. Sending you much love dad! 
This tribute was added by Lorrie Thompson on July 20, 2020
Dad had a love for life with meeting people wherever he went – we would say “Dad never met a stranger!” He had a perspective on life to be kind to others no matter how often or how few of times he encountered them - he viewed it as opportunity to experience friendship. Dad used laughter and joking to ensure others smiled. He was affectionately known as “the Colonel” by others that had the fortune to spend time with him. Dad taught these precious gifts of kindness, laughter and love to his family.  Love you always!

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