Israel Garcia
1952 - 2020
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Israel "Ike" Garcia

Worcester - Israel "Ike" Garcia, 67, of Worcester, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Saint Vincent Hospital.

Ike is survived by his loving wife of forty years, Mary M. (Semmann) Garcia; three children, Israel C. Garcia and his wife Jonelle of Bristow, VA, Benjamin D. Lane and his wife Lisa of Gorham, ME, and Catherine Lane of Bethel, ME; two brothers, Freddy Garcia of Clinton and Jose Garcia of New Mexico; a sister, Maria Guzman of Cortlandt Manor, NY; five grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Ike was predeceased by a sister, Edna Garcia. He was born in New York City, son of the late, Dolores "Poncho" and Josefina (Soto) Garcia.

Upon graduation from high school, Ike enrolled at Potsdam University and later served his nation proudly in the United States Air Force. He lived for several years in Rapid City, SD, before moving to Worcester in 1980. Ike worked as a postal clerk for many years at the United States Post Office in Worcester, retiring in 2017.

Ike was a talented archer and certified archery instructor. He was a member of the Lunenburg Archers at the Lunenburg Sportsmen's Club, serving as club secretary for several years. He was a member of the Massachusetts and National Field Archery Associations and had been awarded the State Championship in Target Archery. He enjoyed woodworking, New England Sports, especially the Patriots and was devoted to his family and to his faithful dogs Rocky and Jack.

Services are being held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Lunenburg Archery Club, 250 Reservoir Road, Lunenburg, MA 01462.

The family has entrusted MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL.

There is an online register for messages and condolences, it can be found at

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Sep. 27 to Sep. 28, 2020.
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October 4, 2020
Ike was truly a unique individual. Smart, talented with immense potential. I know he will be surely missed.
John Volpigno
September 29, 2020
Prayers & condolences to Mary and her family . I had the pleasure to have worked with Ike, he was a great person/friend . He always had a story to tell that would always be quite interesting. May he be at peace & be smiling down on his loved ones with his beautiful smile
Flo Pacek
September 29, 2020
I always enjoyed working with Ike and bowling with him. I have fond memories of Ike and remember him waiting for me after the night collections from 2003 to 2007. Ike and his family are in my prayers, and I am sad to hear of his passing. He was a truly great guy.
Adam Consigli
September 29, 2020
Mary: Sue and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Ike's passing. He was a wonderful co-worker and friend. He and you will be in our prayers.
Edward and Susan Clifford
September 29, 2020
Condolences to Mary and family.
Roger Arpin
September 29, 2020
I worked with Ike. He was a great guy.
Fran Sheehy
September 28, 2020
Mary & family
We are all sorry for your loss. Ike's good nature and friendly spirit will always be remembered favorably in Shrewsbury. His smile was something everyone who knew him noticed. Our love and prayers for you and Ike. Sincerely, Peter & Anne-Marie D'Errico
Peter & Annemarie Derrico
September 28, 2020
To the Garcia family, I am so sorry to hear of Ike's passing. Having worked with Ike for many years the first thing I think of is his great smile. Ike was intelligent, quick witted, and talented. He was certainly a man of all trades.
Wish I would have gotten you that T-shirt Ike!

Rest in Peace bud
Sharon Barr
September 28, 2020
Ike you were always an interesting person to talk to at work and knew how to enjoy life and bring many smiles. I'm happy I got the chance to know you and I am saddened you have left us for the heavens as you are surely on your way there. RIP my friend you will be missed.

Mary and family my deepest condolences.
Dan ONeill
September 28, 2020
Mary and family
My sincere condolences to you and your children and grandchildren. My thoughts and prayers are with you through these trying times
Rick Racine
September 28, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss. Ike was a great guy and I have many happy memories from our many years together at the post office.
RIP Ike,
William Rigero
September 28, 2020
Mary and family.

Lisa and I send our condolences to you and your family and offer you prayers at this time. I have fond memories of working with Ike as he and I were converted to full time regulars together, so many years ago at the 01545 post office. RIP, Ike.
Jim & Lisa Hassett
September 27, 2020
Mary & Family so sorry for your loss. Ika was a great guy and good friend, he will be missed. RIP my friend.
Frank Diroberto
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