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Emilio Gallegos Obituary
Emilio Gallegos Resident of El Cerrito Emilio Juan Gallegos passed away on July 19, 2011 at his home in El Cerrito after a two-year battle with throat cancer. He was 79. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Gina, of 48 years. In addition, he is survived by his four children, Juan, Lisa, Maria and Al n and seven adored grandchildren, Elena, Malia, Elias, Clara, Franklin, Adela and Mateo with one additional grandson on the way. Emilio was the son of Modesto Crescencio Gallegos and Adela Epimenia Espinosa Gallegos now both deceased. He is survived by five siblings, Alvaro, Yolanda, Modesto, Leonel and Carlos and all of their beautiful children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his oldest brother, Jos‚, who died at age 8. Emilio was born June 24, 1932 in the town of Del Norte, Colorado on the western edge of the San Luis Valley. He shared many adventures with his family on their ranch flanked by the Rio Grande. The family then moved to the ancient Spanish colony of Santa Cruz de la Ca¤ada in Northern New Mexico. This is where Emilio and Gina took their four children every summer to spend many weeks with his large extended family and to eat his favorite food including New Mexico chili and sopaipillas. Emilio cherished his Hispanic roots and regularly brought his family and friends together to play the guitar and sing Spanish folk songs with his beautiful tenor voice, a talent that helped put food on the table while he was in college. He received his PhD in physical chemistry at Kansas State University in 1960. Upon graduation, Emilio accepted a position at the Chevron Research Corporation in Richmond, California as a Senior Research Scientist where he was employed until his retirement in 1992. In addition to his love of music, he enjoyed painting, photography and carpentry. He built the second story to his house in El Cerrito and made furniture for his wife, children and grandchildren. Emilio was a warm and loving inspiration. His strong handshakes, hugs and kisses, his teasing demeanor, his stories and his singing will be dearly missed. The funeral service will be held at St. John's Catholic Church in El Cerrito on July 26th at 10:30 a.m. where he and his family have been parishioners for 44 years. His final resting place will be in Santa Cruz, New Mexico near the burial site of his mother and father. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Souper Center Program run by the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (http://www.gripcommunity.org/support/index.html).
Published in Contra Costa Times on July 24, 2011
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