Gustavo “Gus” Garza, age 84 and previously a long time resident of Galveston, went to be with the LORD on Saturday, June 27, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. Gus was born on a farm outside of Lockhart, Texas in Caldwell County on May 5, 1925. He will be remembered as a humble family man, hard working, and straight talking. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. While living in Galveston he was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. He was an active member of LULAC Council 151 and together with his friends helped raise monies for college scholarships benefiting Hispanic students from Galveston.
Gus grew up on a farm during the Depression and came to Galveston in 1942 and apprenticed as a carpenter in the early 50’s. As a master carpenter, he worked many years for W. G Mayo in the home remodeling business before starting his own remodeling business. As a small business man, his specialty was working on beach houses on the west end of the island.
Gus is preceded in death by his parents, Ricardo and Sarita Garza, three sisters Aurora Dablo, Esperanza Martinez and Magdalena Hernandez and his brother Leonides. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Connie; sons Hector, Rene and wife Cindy, Robert and wife Kathy and Richard and wife Jody, nine grandchildren, brother Vincent and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors beginning at 4:30 pm, Monday, June 29th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will conclude the evening at 7:00 pm.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at Shrine of the True Cross, Dickinson, Texas with Fr. Jose Maria Asenjo as Celebrant. Burial will follow the service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson.
Pallbearers will be Mario Dablo, Roland Dablo, Gus Hernandez, Jr., Juan Rodriguez, Jr., Manuel Trevino and Frank Vargas.