It’s been 5 years since my Tata Chon passed away. Well technically it was 5 years to the day on March 8th, three days ago. However, I was reminded of the anniversary when I logged into Facebook this morning, and an old post from today in 2011 appeared, one where I provided a link for others to view and sign his guestbook.

I clicked the link, curious as to whether or not the content would still be available, and it is. I read through the obituary, one that I wrote if I recall correctly, and then browsed the 39 pictures that I had posted in his book. I decided to screenshot one of my mom, nana and Tata lying on the grass at a picnic in the park, and I sent it to my mom. It will probably make her cry, but she would still appreciate seeing it.

I miss him. He was a cultured man, with a unique sense of humor. Always optimistic, and devilishly mischievous. I see him in my own personality, which isn’t surprising considering how much time I spent with him and my nana growing up.
Here, for memory’s sake, is his obit:

ASENCION CABRAL (1931 – 2011)

Jose Asencion Cabral Herrera, 79, passed away on March 8, 2011 at 11:15pm in Tucson, Arizona. He lived in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, with his immediate family residing in Phoenix, Arizona. Ascencion, known as Chon, was born in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico, on August 15, 1931. He was married to Guadalupe Cabral in September of 1953 in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico. He then legally immigrated to the United States by his employer’s sponsorship along with his wife, brother Simon, sister-in-law Amelia, a nephew and his eldest daughter, Melanie Cabral.

From 1953 to 1976, Chon was a farm worker in Texas, Colorado and California. He performed as a lead person for several crews at a time and had vast knowledge of harvesting fruits and vegetables. In 1976, he moved to Arizona and worked in landscaping, possessing an excellent green thumb. After suffering a stroke on February 14, 1982, he became disabled. His wife, Guadalupe “Lupe” Cabral, died in January 2001 in Phoenix, AZ. Survivors include three children: Melanie Cabral, Gloria Cabral (Nicknamed “Georgie” by her dad), and Arturo Cabral; two siblings: Ismael Bermudez and Margarita Herrera Cabral; four grandchildren: Cynthia Mendoza, Daniel Figueroa and Lawrence and Holly Gutierrez; and four great-grandchildren: Zinnia and Sofia Figueroa and Victor and Victoria Mendoza.

Tata Chon was a believer in Jesus Christ, and will have everlasting life, for Christ says, “You don’t have to wait for the end. I am, right now, resurrection and life. The one who believes in Me, even though he dies, will live.” (John 11:25).