Grandpa, you are still the greatest man I know and the closest I ever had to a father. I love you so damn much.
I remember how strong you were growing up as you tore down trees. I remember how wise you were as you used to teach me about mushrooms. I remember how spontaneous you were as you planned our next adventure. I remember how everyone loved you, especially you, because you were just so full of life.
I underestimated a lot of things in life. Like the distance between us, your health, and unfortunately the time we had together. Never again….
I know you will always be with me because you are a part of me. Part of my spirit.
Grandpa you are my rock and my mentor. I love you now and always.
Lydia Iris Acevedo
Grandpa, I can not believe that you’re not with us any more. I have so many memories with you. I remember you driving from Seattle to NJ to visit me, mom and Adam. I remember you cooking for us. I tried ginger and asparagus for the first time with you and now every time I smell it, it reminds me you. I remember in the fall you toasted pumkin seeds and i tasted that also for the first time with you. We used to go mushroom hunting and hiking in the woods. I remember climbing trees in the woods and being scared to get down. I remember you told me to jump that you would catch me, and when I did let go, you did catch me. We drove to Atlantic city in your van. I remember watching multiple movies with you. I remember you teaching me how to play poker, aci duci and dominoes. I remember going to chicago with you, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and the jersey Shore. Grandpa you were such a friendly person. You made friends every where you went. You were very adventurous and spontaneous. You had such a free spirit. I love you so much grandpa. I wish we had more years together. I wish you could have met my baby lucas, your first great grandson. Last time we spoke on the phone we had such a great conversation. You heard Lucas in the background and you asked to speak to him. With us at home Lucas always gets shy while on the phone and he never talks however for the first time when Lucas heard grandpa’s voice on the phone lucas spoke and said “Pa-pa!” I was so surprised and grandpa was thrilled to hear his great grandson talk over the phone… Grandpa, you will always be alive through our memories together. I love you with all my heart.
I remember Arturo being the first ever give me a ride on a Motorcycle which I will never forget because he decided to do a willy and bam there I went and ended up with a big bump on their back of my head. May you rest in peace. GOD BLESS YOU!
July 28th, 2019
Recently I have felt a strong pull to find out where and get in touch with Arturo and sadly, I learned that he is no longer in this life. When I saw his picture and looked into his eyes my heart was crushed. Then I read the tributes from his family members and each described the man I knew so intimately. Arturo was my first true love and the only romantic love I ever had that loved me without any judgement but loved me purely as the person I was. Even though we separated in 1982 it wasn’t for a lack of love. A piece of my heart will always belong to him and I never stopped loving him. The rest of this tribute will be in the first person, me to him.
Arturo, you and I shared many adventures. You taught me to ride a motorcycle, selflessly let me learn and make mistakes on yours, and bought me my own after I said I couldn’t ride the bigger one you bought. You treated Gen as your own child, taking her with you and introducing her as your daughter. You made the finest marinated octopus the world has ever known. We traveled the country together on motorcycles. You shared your culture and family values with me. Your kindness was boundless and I have wonderful memories of you stopping the car to help an old woman cross the street, of you stopping a man who was beating his dog, of you and I rescuing a snapping turtle crossing Lincoln Memorial Dr from becoming turtle soup using bungee cords to safely deliver him to the other side… and there are so many more. For 7 years though we never married, we lived together like husband and wife. We supported each other and were together through good times and rough times yet through it all I loved you and knew you loved me. I was so shocked and touched when you surprised me and asked me to dinner while you were in Orlando. I was married and asked if I could bring my husband and you said, “Sure” and we three had such a lot of fun! Although you didn’t have a lot of formal schooling, your wisdom, compassion, artistry, creativity, kindness and love were the kinds that make up a soul and are beyond earthly boundaries.
I am so grateful to have had you in my life! The lessons you taught me and the gifts you left behind will be with me forever. I loved you then, I love you now and I will love you always. I pray our paths will cross again. Soar like an eagle, my love because you are free of illness and have been restored to perfect health by God. You are in perfect peace, harmony and love. Until we meet again…Laura
Tio you and I have so many memories we have so much history…. all our fishing trips camping trips in Seattle. The times we played domino’s together when I first moved to Seattle. Being there when Elena was born. I can keep going on on I will sure miss you love you have you in my heart.
Granpa I remembered when you came to florida and we saw our movie when I was a baby you holding me and isa we went to disney with mommy. You are my heart you are my everything, I always was greatful to have a granpa just like you. I remember my trip to Wisconsin to visit you when I was a little girl and we use to get Lollipops for 50cents and we use to laugh and play darts together ! You are my hero. Even though you are far I always had a way to think about you and at least call you. My last time with you was on the phone Two weeks before you passed. I told you I loved you and you spoke to me and you said I love you too. Even the nurses said that you werent gonna talk to me but you did and I have faith in God and that was a miracle that you responded back and I just wanted to tell you I love you. Me and Mommy love you granpa y papi tambien.
Rosemary Gonzalez… my mother I love you be strong