No public services have been set for Carlos Roberto Garcia, who formerly lived in Sharon. He passed away peacefully at 12:52 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, in Hospitality Care Center of Hermitage after a two-year battle with colon cancer. He was 64.
Mr. Garcia was born Jan. 29, 1949, in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, to Daniel Garcia and Maria O. Rodriguez Garcia.
His father was a career man with the army and his family traveled extensively during Carlos’s youth. He lived at various army bases around the U.S., referring to himself as “an army brat.” In 1959, while stationed in Germany, he and his family met Elvis Presley, who was stationed there at the time.
Carlos graduated in 1967 from North Harden High School in Radcliffe, Ky., and headed to California in the midst of the “hippie movement,” meeting his future wife, Sandy.
After their California days, they traveled all over the country for seven years with carnival circuits. Carlos loved seeing new places and meeting new people from big state fairs in Sacramento, Calif., to tiny parish fairs in Bogalusa, La.
Afterward they lived in Florida, Arizona and New York before coming to the valley 15 years ago.
Carlos has had many different and interesting jobs throughout his lifetime. He sold encyclopedias, moved pianos and organs, filled vending machines, sold timeshares and had been a mail courier and worked for Grand Union Supermarkets. He had driven a truck for Iron Mountain Record Storage, partnered in a home water purification business and owned and operated a mobile lunch truck called Carlos’ Canteen. He had worked in various industries from a suntan lotion factory to a mushroom processing plant, to a steel mill and, locally, at Chevron.
His most recent job was with The Herald newspaper in Sharon. Carlos took early retirement two years ago due to his illness.
Carlos was very artistic and loved drawing; he sold his original silk-screened posters during his years in the Philadelphia area. He also enjoyed making collages, reading nonfiction, listening to classic rock music and watching the History channel and old movies and sports, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had excellent recall of facts and figures and was always adept at games like Trivial Pursuit.
He enjoyed going to flea markets and yard sales.
In the past, he belonged to various bowling, dart and pool leagues and was known to wager on horses, often with good luck! He was funny, witty and intelligent and amazed people with his vast general knowledge.
His favorite subject was his son, of whom he was so very proud. Carlos was a kind and generous man, often helping out a friend or stranger in need; he surely touched the lives of all who met him.
Carlos married the former Sandra Paulenich on April 2, 1977, and although they later divorced, they remained friends, as she served as his caretaker during his illness. He often told his many doctors and nurses, “She’s my angel and secretary!” She was at his side when he passed.
Carlos is survived by a son, Daniel Carlos Garcia, Los Angeles; and two brothers, Juan Enrique “Kiko” Garcia, Exton, Pa.; and Ruben Dario Garcia and his wife Ginny, Sorrento, Fla.
He also leaves behind four nieces and four nephews.
Carlos was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dan Garcia Jr. and Jorge Luis Garcia.
Carlos will be missed by all who knew and loved him. His struggle is over and his soul is at peace. He never complained throughout the treatments and tests, the setbacks and complications, saying there is always someone somewhere worse off than he.
“... And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? ... And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance” – Kahlil Gibran.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Sharon Regional Health System, 2320 Highland Road, Hermitage, PA 16148, who helped so much during this difficult time with their tender care and compassion.
Carlos Roberto, 64, formerly of Sharon.
Calling hours and service: At this time there will be no viewing hours or service at Carlos’ request. A memorial celebration of Carlos’ life will be held at a future date at the convenience of his family. Friends may e-mail condolences by visiting www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com
Cremation arrangements by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.