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Alfredo Lorenzo Flores Sr.

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Alfredo Lorenzo Flores Sr. Obituary
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Alfredo Lorenzo Flores, Sr.
August 10, 1908 -
June 30, 2014

On June 30, 2014 Alfredo L. Flores, Sr., answered God's invitation to join his beloved wife Maria, to the eternal celebration in heaven. Born in 1908, in the crosshairs of the Mexican Revolution, he spent most of his youth crisscrossing the battle worn borders between South Texas and Mexico. A true witness to history, he came of age at the dawn of the Great Depression, and despite almost insurmountable odds he built a thriving family business, Alamo Music Center, that continues his vision of music's enduring power to teach, heal and provide joy to all. Alfredo Flores Sr. founded Alamo Piano Company in 1929, after his employer went bankrupt leaving him nothing but the skills he had learned as a piano technician. From the front porch of the home he shared with his mother and sister, he parlayed those skills into a successful business, providing musical instruments to customers across South Texas. A true business visionary, he even expanded his small company into Mexico, proudly opening a branch in Monterrey he dubbed "Pianos Finos" His legacy continues today as the third and fourth generation of the Flores family continue his vision of a musical life for every family. As his business grew more successful, so did his passion to serve his community, but he always made time for his family. In 1939 he married his wife Maria and started a family. Together, their love for each other was the foundation upon which he built his life. He served in the Army Medical Corps in World War II. His vision of giving back to his community was deeply rooted in his faith, his heritage, and his belief in San Antonio. He was engaged in many projects in his one-hundred-and-five years of life. He was a founding member of many organizations including the Pillars of San Fernando Cathedral, dedicated to the care and renovation of the center-point of our city and was the first president of the West Side Optimists Club. Joining many other legendary San Antonio leaders, he helped envision and realize Hemisfair 68. He was a founder of the Westside State Bank, providing financial services for an underserved Hispanic population on San Antonio's west side. He contributed a piano for the then fledging San Antonio Symphony, a tradition that continued for three decades. Flores also served on the symphony's Board of Directors. He expanded his commitment to public service serving on the board of the USO. He served the City of San Antonio as a fire and police commissioner. He was also member of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher and the Alhambra men's club. Other projects included fund raising for the San Fernando Gym and the fund raising for St. John's Seminary. He always wished to be remembered as a "builder" of family, business and community. He thrived on friendships that made San Antonio a better place to live, work and have fun. He celebrated life daily by looking at the good side of every circumstance no matter what it may be. He could really enjoy a party too! His family knows he will be hosting a party in Heaven, with a wink in his eye and a broad smile, dancing cheek to cheek with the love of his life Maria Tamez Flores. He will undoubtedly be singing in his low and comforting voice his lifelong mantra "Life is just a bowl of cherries! Don't take it serious, it's too mysterious. Just smile and laugh at it all...." His fourteen great grand children, six grand children and three children and their spouses will miss his astounding presence, advice, and love. Alfredo was preceded in death by his wife Maria Tamez Flores. He is survived by his children Alfredo Flores, Jr., wife Tenchita, and his daughters Sister Maria Teresa Flores, CCVI, and Diana Flores Boffa. His grandchildren Tenchita Flores Marr and husband, Humphrey, Monica Flores and husband Steve Madere and Adriana Flores, grandson Adam Flores-Boffa, Amber Flores Rickhoff, husband Hans, and Renee Flores Bradley and husband Anthony. His great-grandchildren are Zachary Flores Marr, Patrick Flores Marr, Madeline Flores Marr, Maya Flores Madere, Alfred Flores Madere, Juliette Flores Madere, Maxwell Flores Heard, Marshall Nelson Heard, Townes Rickhoff, Emmett Rickhoff, Pierce Rickhoff, Emma Flores Bradley, Turin Flores Bradley and Orran Flores Bradley. The family extends their gratitude to Christus Santa Rosa and caretakers: Antonia Castillaño, Téresa C. Guerrero, Rosalba Chamale and Henry Garcia. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 7th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Porter Loring on McCullough Ave.
ROSARY
MONDAY
JULY 7, 2014
7:00 PM
PORTER LORING
CHAPEL

PROCESSION
TUESDAY
JULY 8, 2014
10:30 AM
FROM PORTER LORING
CHAPEL

MASS OF THE
RESURRECTION
11:00 AM
OUR LADY OF GRACE
CATHOLIC CHURCH
223 E. SUMMIT

Interment in San Fernando Cemetery II. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Inner City Development, 1300 Chihuahua St., San Antonio, TX 78207 and/or Children's Hospital of San Antonio, 333 N. Santa Rosa Street, San Antonio, TX 78207.

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Published in Express-News on July 6, 2014
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