Mr. Abraham Heriberto Diaz Sr., 86, entered into the loving arms of our Heavenly Father on April 29, 2023, in Laredo, Texas. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Laredo in 1937 and lived here all his life. Abraham attended Martin High School where he graduated in 1954. Abraham served his country proudly in the U.S. Army, Engineers Corps 5th Army, having served during the Berlin Crisis.
After his tour of service, he started working at his father-in-law’s grocery store, O. Tamez Grocery where he managed the store for over 25 years. His work history would also include S.N. Johnson Distributing (as a route supervisor), Cigarroa Middle School (as an attendance officer), Laredo Jobs Corps, (recreation department), and the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department.
Mr. “Bob Days” as he was affectionately known to his friends and family, (for being an avid New York Yankees aficionado) loved playing every sport there was, with a special love for golf.
Being a proud member of both Knights of Columbus Council 2304 (elected Grand Knight circa 1982) and American Legion Post 59 (elected Vice-Commander) and staying true to their beliefs and traditions, Beto voluntarily participated in numerous capacities at St. Peter’s Memorial School, St. Peter’s Church, and Holy Redeemer Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents: Guadalupe and Francisca Diaz; brothers: Jesus Diaz, and Gonzalo Diaz; sister: Maria Elena Toomey, daughter Laura Lydia Diaz Montemayor, grandchildren David Montemayor and Lilivette Diaz.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 61 years of marriage, Rosa T. Diaz; children: Abraham Heriberto (Irene) Diaz Jr., Daniel Diaz; grandchildren: Lilia Diaz, Liliana Diaz, Abraham H. (Stephanie) Diaz III, Marcial Ramirez; great-grandchildren: Briana Lozano, Brandon Lozano, Abraham H. Diaz IV, Eli Diaz; siblings: Jose Guadalupe Diaz, Carmen (John) Diaz Simon, nieces Diane (Alan) Rabkin, Judy (Orlando) Munoz, Sara (Larry) Belmontes, Gracie (Pete) Martinez, Amy Clark; nephews Johnny Simon, Rafael (Imelda) Juarez III, and Ruben Juarez. Also surviving him are numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
The family would also like to express their most heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Diaz’s neighbors Salvador “Chava” Gonzalez, Juan Rivera, Tico Perez, and especially to Alfredo “Freddy” Perez, and Mario Renteria who were always just a phone call away and provided assistance to the very end.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Hillside Funerals and Cremations Chapel. A rosary will be held at 7:00 PM.
A chapel service will be held on Friday, May 12, 2023, at 10:00 AM at the Hillside Funerals and Cremations chapel. A formal procession will depart at 10:45 AM
Rite of Committal and Interment of his ashes with Military Honors will be held at the City of Laredo Cemetery Veterans Section.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hillside Funerals & Cremations; 310 W. Hillside Rd; Laredo, TX 78041; 956.724.6060