"Gone yet not forgotten, Although we are apart, Your spirit lives within me, Forever in my heart. Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand." - unknown
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Frederick Victor Garcia, 54, of Pueblo, passed away Friday.
He was born to Fredrick and Simone Garcia, August 22, 1959, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Fred is also survived by loving sisters, Maria Garcia and Tina Brown. Fred graduated High School from Rocky Mountain Rehab in 1977, where he competed in Special Olympics.
Faced with life's toughest challenges early on, Fred's life inspired many. He was a dedicated employee at Pueblo Diversified Industries for 40 years, and where ever he went in Pueblo, he was greeted with friends.
Fred brought smiles to many, much like the Disney characters he cherished so much. He gave his mother many wonderful memories of times spent at Disneyland and Disney World. Fred always remained a kid at heart. He loved building models, bowling, and watching movies with friends and family.
His father, a veteran of the Air Force describes his son as a fighter. He said his only son was accepting of his mental challenges but took on life with courage, humor and love for others.
Fred lost his battle with cancer, but leaves behind a beautiful legacy. He had the ability to bring people together through his smile and warmth. He had an unrestrained friendliness and offered a smile and a wave to strangers.
That's exactly how he met Vince and Shirley Chifalo, two extraordinary caregivers who provided more than just a home for Fred these last four years. They provided him with unconditional love only a family gives.
There are many people in Fred's life he would have wanted to thank. When Fred was 18, he entered Jordan Residential housing and met owner, Mike Jordan. Mike will forever remain a friend, near and dear to the family.
For all the hearts he has touched throughout the years, the greatest way to remember Fred would be to carry on his legacy and give a smile and a wave to a complete stranger every now and again.
Fred will be laid to rest this week. A viewing will be held from 10am - 12 noon Wednesday at Evergreen Funeral Home located at 1830 E. Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs.
His funeral service will be held at 12 noon Thursday at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
A special memorial will be held at 12 noon Saturday at Sandalwood Hall located at 3913 Sandalwood Ln, Pueblo.
Fred is survived by his parents in Colorado Springs, his sisters, and all of his friends.
Evergreen Funeral Home
1830 East Fountain Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Published in The Gazette on Apr. 15, 2014