Gilberto Ruiz Suarez

May 14, 2012

Our beloved loved, Gilberto Ruiz Suarez, 82 of Naco, Ariz., passed at the

Tucson Medical Center, and entered God’s kingdom Monday, May 14, 2012.  

Surviving family are his spouse, Matilde Blanco Suarez, his children, Laura Suarez and Raul Quilihua, Mary Ellen Suarez Dunlap and Kevin Dunlap, Gilberto Suarez and Veronica Ochoa, Roberto Suarez and Pamela Rogers Suarez, and his grandchildren, Raul Quilihua, Jr., Paul Joseph Suarez Hawkins, Cassandra Sua-rez, Nicole Suarez, Austin Suarez, Angela Suarez, Myrna Ochoa, Ryan Suarez, and Blake Suarez, and great-grandchild, Em-ma Suarez.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maria Ruiz and Eutimio Suarez, his brothers and sisters, Cecilia Salaiz, Raul Suarez, and Alicia Ortiz, and surviving siblings, Alfredo Suarez, Armando Suarez, Cecilia Ledesma, and many other friends and family who enriched his life.

He was a man with traditional family values and an honorable respectful man with strong work ethics.  He had a passion for his work as a carpenter, worked for Phelps Dodge Corporation for 15 years, and helped with the family business gas station. When Gilbert was nine years old, his father passed and he assumed the father role for his siblings and helped raise them. He also raised some of his wife’s siblings and his grandchildren.

Gilberto was a member of the Lions Club, the 20-30 Club, and volunteered for several charitable organizations to include the Naco orphanage. He enjoyed going to the movies, playing dominos, listening to mariachi bands, and spending time with family.

Visitation was held on Friday, May 18, 2012, at 6 p.m., following with a Rosary at 7 p.m., at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Quality Hill, Bisbee, with Deacon Tony Underwood and Deacon Jose Valle. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, with Fr. Gregory Adolf and Fr. Godfrey Opar-aekwe, and was followed with a reception in the church hall.

Pallbearers were Gil-berto Suarez, Jr., Roberto Suarez, Raul Quilihua, Jr., Paul Joseph Suarez Hawkins, Ryan Suarez, Blake and Austin Suarez. Honorary Pallbearers were Armando Suarez, Alfredo Suarez, Jesus Suarez, Jesus S. Ledesma, II, Roberto Salaiz, Kevin Dunlap, Raul Quilihua, Sr., Armando Blanco, Ignacio Blanco, Daniel Valle, Ramon Armenta, and Gilbert Gherna.   

A private burial was held Monday.  

If you wish to donate instead of sending flowers, you may donate to The American Kidney Fund at or call 1 (800) 638-8299.

Arrangements were handled by Alex Espinosa Bisbee Funeral Home, Bisbee, 432-4242, Alex Espinosa Funeral Director.  

Words cannot express how much so many of us will miss him and will treasure the many beautiful memories in our hearts.  Our loss is the Kingdom of Heaven’s gain. Thank you in advance for your support and prayers.

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