He was born in Port Isabel, Texas to Pedro and Catarina Garcia. He was a life time resident of Port Isabel and a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church until January 2012. Librado proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War from March 6, 1951 – February 11, 1953, while stationed in Germany.
On August 11, 1957, he married his soul mate, Aurora Fernandez. Librado worked as a commercial shrimper for 20+ years until he was forced to an early retirement due to a shrimping accident in which he lost sight on his right eye. He was an avid fisherman and spent every moment he could in the waters of Laguna Madre, just as when he was a young boy.
He enjoyed playing bingo, cooking, hunting and watching his favorite sports, boxing and football and dancing with his beautiful wife. Librado was a very compassionate man who loved his family very much. His children, grandchildren and his loving wife were his pride and joy. He was also loved by many of his sons’ friends as they also called him “Dad”.
Mr. Garcia was preceded in death by his loving wife Aurora; a son, Rafael Garcia; his parents, Pedro and Catarina Cuellar Garcia; a half-sister, Esperanza Bustamante; sister, Maria G. Reyes; and two brothers, Genaro Garcia and Pedro Garcia Jr.
Survivors include his four sons: Librado “Leo” (Rita) Garcia, Jr. of Laguna Vista, Texas, Manuel (Irma) Garcia of Selma, Texas, Rolando (Patricia) Garcia, and Jesus “Chuy” (Starla) Garcia both of San Antonio, Texas; two daughters, Catarina G. (John) Hernandez of Laguna Vista, Texas and Isabel “Betty” G. (Ken) Jensen of Selma, Texas; nine grandchildren: Johvonne H. (Da’Sean) Howard, Jason Garcia, Ashley Garcia, Evelyn Garcia, Adrian Garcia, Jacob Garcia, Renee Garcia, Marissa Garcia, Bianca Garcia, and one great-granddaughter on the way, Jayda Aurae Howard; two brothers, Israel Garcia and Ricardo Garcia, both of Port Isabel, Texas; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and extended family: Maria del Pilar Cuellar Cantu, Refugia “Cuca” Cuellar Holland, and Josefina Cuellar Lucio.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with a holy rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 705 S. Longoria St in Port Isabel, Texas.
Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Port Isabel City Cemetery with military honors to be conducted at graveside by past District 18 Commander Luis Lucio, VFW Post 2035 of Brownsville, VFW Post 8791, and American Legion Post 498, both of Port Isabel.
Serving as pallbearers are: Librado “Leo” Garcia, Jr., Jason Garcia, Manuel Garcia, Rolando Garcia, Adrian Garcia, Jacob Garcia, and Jesus Garcia.
“Train up a child in the way he should go. Even when he is old, he will not depart from it”. Proverbs 22:6
You may sign the online guestbook and send words of comfort, flowers, or sympathy cards to the family of Librado C. Garcia at: www.thomaegarza.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Directors located on 395 S. Sam Houston in San Benito, Texas, (956) 399-1331.