RAFAEL ENRIQUE AGUILAR MENDOZA

Obituary
  • "So sorry for your loss. With deepest sympathy during this..."
    - Blanca Henderson

Rafael Enrique Aguilar Mendoza passed away unexpectedly in his home in Fresno, CA, on Friday, July 27, 2018, at the age of 65. "Rafa" or "Pa" was born on July 9, 1953, in the beautiful capitol city of Morelia, Michoacán. He studied to become an automotive mechanic before marrying his wife, Maria Teresa, on October 13, 1977. In December of the following year, they decided to emigrate to the United States of America. They made a home in Richmond, CA, with their children, Antonio, Lucy, Bianca, and Nancy. Over the next few years Rafael worked as a truck driver for Bay Area Oil and fathered two more children, Miriam and Samuel. At this time, Rafael was also working on teaching his children the importance of finding one's purpose through dedication and discipline as well as how to be exemplary citizens of this great country. Rafael's children will remember him as a driven, kind, very hard working, stubborn but loving father and grandfather, who encouraged them to pursue their dreams and find their own happiness. Rafael was a truly accomplished truck driver, so much so, that he was able to achieve his dream of launching his own business, Five Trucking. Rafa was a generous individual who was as passionate about cars as well as the inventions he would carry around in his mind throughout his life. Rafael is received in the long sleep by his parents, Silvino and Guadalupe Aguilar of Morelia, Mexico; and his beloved sister-in-law, Sandra Sanchez. Rafael is survived by his wife of 40 years, Teresa Aguilar; and their children, Antonio of Antioch, CA, Lucy of Fresno, Bianca of Firebaugh, CA, and Nancy, Miriam, and Samuel of Fresno. He will be dearly missed by his sister, Silvia of Morelia, Mexico; his 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; cousins; and countless nieces and nephews. Rafael's Family would also like to give many thanks to all of the dedicated individuals who assisted with Rafael's care in his last years. A Viewing will be held at Farewell Funeral Chapel, Locust and Palm, Fresno, CA, Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., followed with a Funeral Service with Antonio Martinez officiating the ceremony at 11:00 a.m. A Reception will follow at Tabachines Cocina, Fresno, CA, on Palm and Herndon, at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rafael's life with the family.
Published in the Fresno Bee on Aug. 10, 2018