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December 8, 1936 - July 9, 2015 Richard Ernest Garcia, 78, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at his home in Los Angeles. Mr. Garcia was affectionately known as Rick, Dad, Poppi, and Grandpa. He leaves his sons, Stephen, Mark, Darin & Christopher; seven grandchildren, Kevyn, Jack, Taylor, Alexandra, Wyatt, Myla, and James; his companion Maria Ojeda; his assistant Ernestine, and many close friends. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, the son of Jesse and Gloria Garcia, he was a lifelong resident of Los Angeles. On the evening hours of September 11, 1941, at the age of 5, Mr. Garcia's father was struck and killed by a motorist. His brothers, Humberto and William, were sent to live in Mexico City with their Grandmother, while Mr. Garcia went to live with his Uncle Rudy in Los Angeles. In 1947, his mother bought a home on West 58th Street in Los Angeles, and his family was reunited. During his early years, Mr. Garcia sold and delivered newspapers, shined shoes, mowed lawns, washed cars, and did just about anything to make a buck. He was a fighter from day one, just as the photo above reflects. With a work ethic that was second to none, Mr. Garcia attended LA City College and then Southwestern Law School. He would go to school at night and worked during the day to support his young family. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Garcia was a claims adjuster for Farmers Insurance. God smiled upon him throughout those hard years and in 1968, he married Jeanne Ord and had three children. For Mr. Garcia, the fun years were being a father and a husband. There was no greater time for him then to come home and have dinner with his family. Mr. Garcia raised his family in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. He would become a successful attorney, however, his true love was his family. His sons were unquestionably the loves of his life and he would do anything for them and their families. He enjoyed coaching his son's baseball and soccer teams, spending quality time with them in Lake Arrowhead, and supporting their school and sports functions at St. Brendan, Loyola High, Daniel Murphy High School, and Loyola Marymount University over the years. He could often be heard leading cheers at many of those games, and loved showing his support in any way that he could. Mr. Garcia had a passion for helping those who were less fortunate and he never forgot his humble beginnings. He donated to several organizations and took immense pride in feeding the homeless every Thanksgiving at Salazar Park in East Los Angeles. He spent considerable time at St. Victor's parish, and was known to spontaneously buy dinner for a homeless person, serviceman, or anyone who crossed his path in need. Mr. Garcia took great pride in his work and he thrived on the relationships that he created with his many friends over the years. He lived life to the fullest and he always thought of others before himself. We will miss you Dad and we will always remember the special memories we shared together. Services will be held at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Hancock Park at 10am on Saturday, July 18th, with a reception to follow. Directions to the church can be found at: www.stbrendanchurch.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 11 to July 12, 2015
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