"What can I say about a man who meant everything to so many of us to make our hearts not be broken? I can't unbreak our hearts but what I do is share a memory.
I first met Joe 30 years ago but it seems like I have always known him. From day one, he welcomed David and myself. We were never just Joe's girlfriend and son; We were family. I was his hija (daughter) and David was his grandson.
That's how Dad was. He loved genuinely. He was always ready to listen and I mean really listen to hear not to respond. I remember once when the boys were little, he stopped by and Joe and I were telling him the rough morning we had because the toaster stopped working and the boys were having one of those crazy toddler meltdowns because they had to have cereal instead of their usual toast that morning it hopes of getting some fatherly direction/advice. He listened, laughed and shared his own fatherly stories. He left only to return with a new toaster. That was dad - he was a fixer - that was his love language.
I sit here now knowing how incredibly different all our lives will be because Dad is not on Earth any longer to give his guidance, share stories with or catch the latest movie with. I do take solace in the fact that his approach to life as molded us into being better listeners, doers/fixers as well as how to have genuine love for the people in our lives.
Dad was a doer, a fixer, a friend, a father, a grand father and a great grand father. I will miss him dearly. We all will miss him dearly.The people we are today because of this great man, is why he will always live on. Thank you, Dad for not only the toaster but for showing me love, all your advice, the hand holding when I needed to cry and that fabulous boisterous laugh that let me know real joy was possible. Love you now and forever."
"Would like to give my condolences to Joe Garcia families and also express with all my heart ♥ that he was a wonderful person, Conpadre was always laughing having a good conversation with whoever was next to him. His Mother Tula Garcia was one of my best friends I ever had. He’s sure going to be missed .May the Lord meet him on the way to heaven with open arms and take him to God’s Kingdom RIP! JOE ❤♥"
"Jr and Javi, i am so sorry to hear about your Dad, he is going to be deeply missed and always in our hearts. I send strong prayers to you both, your wives and your children with much love to you all. Also to the rest of the family, i send prayers to you all. I have known Joe most of my life he was always a very happy and easy going man and he will be deeply missed. Much love and thoughts are with you all. Debbie."