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September 18, 2018

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October 1, 2017
Anna, I'm thinking of you and wishing you and your family moments of peace and comfort as you remember your beloved father. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
September 27, 2017
For many years I had the pleasure to work with his daughter, Anna. Her personality and professionalism is a tribute to the man Mr. Gonzales must have been.
September 27, 2017
Anna and David, my deepest sympathy on the passing of your Dad. Comments from others indicate a caring, loving, and gentle man. What a wonderful legacy for your family. Only God knows when our time is up on earth but your Dad will forever remain close in your hearts. Love, Carrol Ordner
September 26, 2017
One of the greatest blessings of my life was the opportunity to help take care of Conrado these last several months. His courage, strength and wisdom are a model for me and indeed a model for all of us.
Conrado was a man of faith. It's fitting that we are in this church to say our goodbyes because he started attending church here in the old chapel and helped provide money for the first sanctuary here. I had been working with St Louis to visit the house and on Sunday they had the first visit. They had a mini mass, took communion and were anointed. Conrado was at peace.
I'm not going to talk about Dates and places today. Rather, I'm going to talk about the Man. I've got just a couple of stories that illustrate who he was and why we loved him.
Spring Break after our engagement, Anna and I were driving to Harlingen when my Pontiac Sunbird broke down about 20 miles after we left Robstown We got picked up by someone who dropped us off in Bishop and we went to a pay phone to call Conrado and Mercedes. Without hesitation he got in his car and drove the 100 or so miles to help us. Attached a chain to his car and to mine and pulled us back to Harlingen. Then he woke up early to help get the car to the shop for a new timing belt before he went to work.

I remember thinking that he looks so happy. And that's something that I grew to know about Conrado. He was happiest when he was able to help others. I'm not sure I've met a man so Selfless.
As we've heard Conrado was a teacher and an Air Conditioning technician. These skills would merge together during the many times he saved us from the Summer heat by fixing our Air Conditioner. He would grab his tools and come right over. He would take off the cover and explain step by step what he was doing. He probably could have done it quicker but he took the time to explain to me what he was doing step by step. As his student I never learned how to fix on an AC but Conrado DID teach me how to stay calm when explaining and how to be patient when trying to teach somebody something new. I was talking to my neighbor Amy she said. He was a texas Air conditioning man in Texas. He was Texas Royalty. Indeed he was.
He was helping. He was teaching. He was giving.
Every morning these past few months I'd make breakfast for Conrado and Mercedes. Some times I would sit with them and visit.Toward the end it was very difficult for him to talk for long periods of time but during the recent storms I asked about his experiences during Huricanes. He talked about boarding up the house and preparing. He kinda had a smile on his face. He was someone I would want as a storm was approaching. He knew the right things to do. And then he did them. Always making sure his family was safe.

Conrado was intelligent. And he was sharp till the day he died. A couple of weeks ago Anna and I were across the street at a friends house when the phone rang. It was Conrado saying they needed help with something. Anna asked him how he got the number and he said he looked it up on the caller ID from the TV. We had never shown him how to do that but he had watched us and learned on his own. That's Conrado Gonzales.
Conrado loved his family. As we were gathering pictures for the memorial I was struck by how joyful he was when he was with his children and grand children. Mary, He was happy every time you would call and visit. Sitting around the kitchen table I heard him talk about Conrad playing baseball and football and how proud he was that Anna was a teacher. But, What brought him the MOST joy was talking about and hearing about his grand kids.
Esteban, Olivia, Kellen. He beamed when talking about you being in college.
Isaac, When your dad would talk to him about your playing soccer his smile lit up the room
Sara, He would always ask how your games went during breakfast.
Talking about the Five of you was the bright spot of his day. As a matter of fact the last time he left the house for something other than a doctors appointment was to watch Kellen play baseball.

It was a cold and windy day but he bundled up and refused to leave until the game was over. The next day some of Kellens team mates came over to the house and Conrado was sitting at the table. They said hello to him and after they left he asked me That was the first baseman wasn't it? IT was.
I rarely saw or heard Conrado get angry or frustrated, but I could alway count on frustration when he was watching the Longhorns or the Cowboys play football. So it's only fitting that the Cowboys are playing tonight but tonight I'll have to pay attention. With Conrado, I didn't even have to watch the game to know if things were going poorly because I'd hear. Aw Geez
Anna and I met in August of 88 and it was apparent to the two of us that we wanted to spend our lives together. Soon after we met, Conrado and Mercedes moved back to Harlingen so I didn't get to see them much but December I drove to the valley with Anna to celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary. What a special day that was. Two days after that I asked Anna to marry me and we called her parents. I spoke with Conrado. I can still hear his voice telling me to take care of his daughter. I wasn't there for the first Twenty five but I was there for the second Twenty Five years as we watched Conrado and Mercedes celebrate 50 years together.
Yesterday morning was rather hectic and Mercedes was sitting at the table eating breakfast. She told me that last night she reached out for him like this. We'll continue to do that but I want you to know that while he wasn't there when you reached for him. He'll ALWAYs be here. (touch heart).
Mercedes, No man ever loved a woman MORE that Conrado loved you.
Conrado was a family man
Conrado was a loving man
Conrado was a humble man
Conrado was the kind of man I strive to be more like and the kind of man the world needs more of.
Conrado Goodbye, We love you.