Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez

October 16, 1959 - January 22, 2019
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On January 22, 2019, the angelic spirit of Florentino “Tino” Gonzalez was raised from this world by the powerful and loving hands of Jesus Christ. Like a child with his father, Tino was guided into paradise by his Savior. There, in all of that heavenly glory where fear and sadness are no more, Tino was met by the warm embrace of his granddaughter, Mia Storm Gonzalez; niece, Heather Gonzalez; father-in-law, Willie “Mr. Jones”; mother-in-law, Dora Jones; brother-in-law, Oscar “Doodlebug” Jones; grandparents, and so many loved ones that had preceded him.

Before making this wondrous journey to Heaven, Tino worked relentlessly to make a heaven of this often-troubled earth. A certified BOI and first generation American, Tino was born on October 16, 1959 in Galveston, Texas to Carlos Gonzalez and Rosaura Gonzalez, their third child. Tino was the baby brother to his two older brothers, Jesse Gonzalez and Juan Gonzalez. However, Tino would soon be bestowed with that heavy crown that all older siblings know too well when he was blessed with the arrival of his beautiful little sister, Ingrid Gonzalez. More younger siblings would happily trickle into his life with the births of his younger brothers, Alex Gonzalez, Willy Gonzalez, and Tony Gonzalez.

As a BOI, Tino would continue to be raised in Galveston and remain in the majesty of this beautiful island for the rest of his earthly days. Growing up and attending Catholic schools, Tino was widely perceived as the proverbial class clown. Much to the levity of his brothers and friends, but to the chagrin of his teachers, there seemed to be no end to his numerous good-natured antics. This happy disposition would continue to be part of his soul as he progressed into manhood.

Being the son of a brilliant carpenter and mechanic, Tino was a virtual wizard when it came to architecture, construction, and engineering. So much in fact that the day finally arrived when he could finally teach the teacher. The many complex and tasking designs regarding home improvement that were dreamed about in his magnificent brain were often realized into tangibility. Carpentry and the like were the methods that seemed to fuel his drive to improve the lives of others. Next to his wonderful mind, Tino’s greatest tool in carpentry were his Titan-like hands that were strong enough to outmuscle the heaviest loads, yet simultaneously gentle enough to embrace his friends and loved ones.

Standing tall at 6’2” and with the strength of a bull, Tino, in his physical youth, would dominate the basketball courts of O’Connell High School and any other court where he was challenged. His flawless basketball skills and deadly three-point shot would be the regular instruments of heartbreak for any opposing team. Tino’s obvious talents and prowess as an athlete would only be matched by his boundless generosity, love of life, and the sheer coolness as he perceptively glided through the discos of Galveston with the same swagger of both John Wayne and John Travolta.

It was at one of these many Galveston discos in December of 1979 that Tino met his endless love and future wife, the lovely Denise Jones Gonzalez. Since that momentous encounter, both Tino and Denise would experience the very definition of true love. It was also at that encounter when Tino would meet a woman whose colossal heart would match his own. Whether times were up or down and the bounty was slim or fat, their love endured to the point where not even death could hinder it. Tino and Denise were married in October of 1981.

Out of this great love that both Tino and Denise shared came the births of their three sons, Steven Gonzalez, Matthew Gonzalez, and William Gonzalez. In raising these three boys into men, Tino and Denise strived to imprint the foundations of Christ and the love of humanity. It was Tino’s great pride that his three sons all earned their college degrees from Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Austin.

In 2015, Tino’s love for his three sons was matched by the arrival of his grandson, Gabriel Gonzalez. What made him marvel at his beloved grandson was the same good-spirited rambunctiousness that Tino had remembered from his youth which had been so obviously passed down from father to son to grandson. It was also the uncanny resemblance of those same Titan-like hands that Gabriel now shares with his grandfather.

Beyond carpentry, Tino would be professionally involved with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) for many years and in a number of capacities ranging from their audio/visual/media department to human resources. Beyond that, Tino would also work as the Vice President/Director of Human Resources at the Children’s Center Inc., Vice President of Moody National Bank, Executive Director at Sea Star Base Galveston, and finally as Family Engagement Specialist for Galveston Independent School District (GISD).

Not only would Tino remain in Galveston, but he would also work tirelessly to improve and promote this special Island throughout the world. To begin to recount the seemingly endless list of charities, community boards, and humanitarian efforts that Tino was so actively associated with would be an act of futility on this writer’s part. However, to name only a relatively few, Tino proudly served Galveston College as both a Regent and Chairman of the Board, the Clinical Transitional Science Award (CTSA) as an Independent Advisor, the Family Service Center as President Elect, the United Way of Galveston as both a Board Member and Campaign Chair, the Galveston Island Rotary as both a member and President, the Sea Scout Base Galveston as a Board Member, and the Hope Academy as Treasurer. He was also the proud recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Award which was bestowed to him by the University of Texas Medical Branch. It was therefore fitting that Tino would continue to remain on earth a day after MLK Day 2019. Perhaps the best glimpse into Tino’s boundless altruism were the routine acts of kindness that he regularly performed on friends, total strangers, and the homeless alike. Being Galveston’s favorite son, it was remarked by those who loved Tino that, “Santa Claus does not live in the North Pole. He lives in Galveston, Texas.”

In the end, Tino finally bested the cancer that made the grievous error of attempting to bully him for these past twenty months. Despite its unrelenting efforts, the cancer could not infiltrate his personality nor his soul. Aiding him in this great challenge were the kind surgeons and doctors of both UTMB and MD Anderson as well as the staff of GISD whom Tino regarded all so very fondly.

Tino is survived by his wife, Denise; sons, Steven Gonzalez (Brooke), Matt Gonzalez, and William Gonzalez; grandson, Gabriel; mother and father, Rosaura Gonzalez and Carlos Gonzalez (Vivian); brothers, Jesse Gonzalez (Rene), Juan Gonzalez (Michelle), Alex Gonzalez (Kim), Willy Gonzalez (Sherrill), and Tony Gonzalez;  sister, Ingrid Gonzalez; brothers-in-law, Eddie Jones (Dee), Dennis Jones (Pam), and Robert Jones (Janie); sisters-in-law, Dolores Hernandez (Frank) and Consuelo Casarez; godchildren, Amber Jones, Kurt Gonzalez, Lauren Jones, Philip Jones, Dennis Jones Jr., and Adam Hawkins Jr.; numerous and beloved nieces and nephews; and devoted friend, Gino DeRanieri.

Tino’s family will receive visitors from 4:00 until 6:00 pm, Sunday, January 27, at St. Patrick Catholic Church.  A celebration of Tino’s life will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by a rosary at 6:30 pm.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Monday, January 28, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with burial following at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jesse Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez, Alex Gonzalez, Willy Gonzalez, Tony Gonzalez, Gino DeRanieri, Marvin Jones Jr., John Gonzalez, Kurt Gonzalez, Chris Gonzalez, Philip Jones, Mike Gonzalez, and Jackson Gonzalez.

Honorary pallbearers are Eddie Jones, Dennis Jones, Robert Jones and Taylor Gonzalez.

For those who desire to make memorial donations, the family would appreciate that contributions be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, In Memory of Tino Gonzalez, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 or www.mdanderson.org/gifts. Please make a note for money to go toward Glioblastoma Moon Shot or Department of Neuro-Oncology.  Memorial donations can also be made to the Tino Gonzalez Memorial Fund at Hometown Bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

St. Patrick Catholic Church

Address:

1010 35th St. & Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Celebration of Life at 6:00 PM

Rosary at 6:30 PM.


Service Information

Date: Monday, January 28, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church

Address:

1010 35th St. & Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, January 28, 2019

Time: 11:30 am

Calvary Catholic Cemetery

Address:

2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Donation Information

MD Anderson Cancer Center

P. O. Box 4486
Houston, Texas 77210-4486
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Born: October 16, 1959
 
May 11, 2018
Galveston College Graduation 2018
Galveston College Graduation 2018
Died: January 22, 2019

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Thomas Landefeld posted on 4/14/19

As a friend and colleague of Tino's for many years, I am deeply saddened by his loss. We met as part of the academic community and it, as well as society in general, has lost a truly caring and giving individual. His smile characterized his caring, whether it be for a friend, a student mentee or a stranger. I wish that we would have taken more time to spend together; however I will always cherish those times that we did as I am a better person for knowing him!

 

Gayle Infinger posted on 1/30/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Gayle Infinger lit a candle

 

Gayle Infinger posted on 1/30/19

Praying for the family and sending love from Fargo

 

Nannette Bolen posted on 1/28/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Nannette Bolen lit a candle

 

Dora Jones posted on 1/28/19

My Uncle Tino was the Best. He was always there for u and others. I'm going to miss my Uncle ❤But I know hes in a better place now. No more suffering and hes now watching over us in Heaven. A great man gone too soon. RIP Tio Tino ❤❤ I love u and I'm going to miss u dearly.

 

David Mancuso posted on 1/28/19

Prays for Tino and the Gonzalez family.

 

Robert Lacour posted on 1/28/19

My sincere condolences to the Gonzalez family. I had the pleasure of knowing Tino as a fellow employee at UTMB. I am also grateful to have seen his smiling face in recent months while walking the halls here. God bless you all.

 

Dr Bill Boudreaux posted on 1/28/19

A guiding light in a world that can be dark.

 

Laury Beth Huff-Roach posted on 1/28/19

I am a better person because I knew you.. You knew I had no family and you treated me like a brother would. I plan on having you live on in my heart and my mind. You are alive in heaven. Be an angel to us all. Keep watching out for us. Angels get to do that. You were an angel on Earth and bow in heaven. I will never forget you. LB

 

Lisa Cain posted on 1/27/19

Tino always had a smile. He was a wonderful person. His legacy will live in the hearts of others. Lisa Cain

 

Rebecca LaPoint posted on 1/27/19

Tino was very well loved by me and staff at Golden Corral his smile lit up a room. He walk into a door everyone knew him he was one of a kind guy. RIP Tino you will be missed my friend

 

Wayne Maxwell posted on 1/27/19

Tino might be the kindest human being I have ever met. While battling his own serious health issues, he and Denise made time to visit our handicapped daughter Heather when she was seriously ill in intensive care. Heather absolutely loved Tino as we all did. He made her smile every Sunday at Mass. We couldn't ask for anything more. Godspeed my friend.

 

Mike Guarino posted on 1/27/19

Tino was a loving servant of our Lord. He spent his entire life helping and loving others. May his sweet soul rest in eternal peace with our Heavenly Father.

 

Sara A.Hernandez posted on 1/27/19

Our deepest sympathy to the entire Gonzalez and extended family for the loss of their loved one Tino Gonzalez. He was a good man with a golden heart with everyone he met. May he rest in peace! Love, Sara A.Hernandez & Felix H.Castaneda Jr.

 

Edie Rodriguez posted on 1/27/19

My condolences to the Gonzales family. You will stay in my prayers.

 

Meryl posted on 1/27/19

What a beautiful smile, Mr. Gonzalez had. I am very sorry to read of your loss. With his accomplishments and dedications both, in his professional life and personal one, he was an amazing man! I won't pretend to know what you're going through, but what has helped me deal with the loss of those I love, is turning to the Scriptures, something that has been a real source of comfort. One Scripture that gives me hope is John 6:40, which says: "For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day.” I hope that this verse will also comfort you and, I hope you and your family can get through this difficult time. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend. Sincerely, Meryl, jw.org - healing[email protected]

 

Angela Jones posted on 1/27/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Angela Jones lit a candle

 

Angela Jones posted on 1/27/19

Sending our heart felt sympany to Denise and the Gonzalez family. You're all in our thoughts and prayers, sending love and hugs from GeGe, Charles & Angela, David & Gayle and the Joe Jones family.

 

Pam Christiansen posted on 1/27/19

You fought the brave fight, Tino and now it is time for you to rest. While your body was defeated, we all know that your spirit was not. Your legacy will live on in all the family and friends who love you.

 

Kelly Oetting posted on 1/27/19

Sending sincere condolences and prayers to your family. Tino was one of a kind. I don’t remember him without a smile and kind words. I loved running into him in Galveston. He was so proud of his family. He would tell me all about each and every one of you. It was so heartwarming to see how much he loved you all. I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray you will find strength and peace during this difficult time.

 

Theresa & Kirk Elliott posted on 1/27/19

It was an honor to know and work with Tino over the years and our family is praying for the Gonzales family. May you all to find comfort in the many beatiful memories he left and in knowing we will all meet again in Heaven one day. Theresa and Kirk Elliott

 

Earl J Stroope posted on 1/27/19

I will always remember your loving kindness and generosity

 

Camille Downes posted on 1/27/19

Huge loss for the entire Gonzalez family and the Galveston community. A man with a big smile and a bigger heart will be missed by so many. RIP TINO. You are loved. ❤️🙏❤️

 

Chris & Carol Homrighaus posted on 1/27/19

Our deepest condolences to the Gonzalez and Jones family. Tino was a kind, generous and was always the life a party, he will be missed.

 

Chris & Carol Homrighaus posted on 1/27/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Chris & Carol Homrighaus lit a candle

 

Chris & Carol Homrighaus posted on 1/27/19

Our deepest condolences to the Gonzalez and Jones family, Tino was a kind, generous man and always the life of the party. He will be missed.

 

Nancy Ritzmann posted on 1/27/19

You will be missed. Such a caring person who helped set up a day for my disabled son to go sailing. Very kind and caring person. Denise--I am truly so sorry for your loss.

 

Mary CRrier posted on 1/27/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Mary CRrier lit a candle

 

Barb Mallory posted on 1/27/19

My thoughts and prayers are with Tino’s family. What a wonderful man..., always a huge part of the school district and community. May your soul Rest In Peace Tino.

 

Tina Holden posted on 1/27/19

Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time , may god be with each of you . The Holden family and Mendez Family -Baird, Texas

 

Joe Rendon posted on 1/26/19

Tino was such a great guy...always friendly, caring and smiling. You are truly in a better place now. Till we meet again one fine day brother. Prayers for the family. God bless.

 

Margaret Barnett posted on 1/26/19

All my thoughts and prayers to Tino’s family. He had such a lovely spirit!

 

The Rev Freda Marie S Brown posted on 1/26/19

Such a true and loving servant of Christ. Thank you Tino, for making me feel a part of Galveston life when I first arrived there. Your warmth and hospitality made me feel as if I had come "home." To me, you are the perfect example of the spirit of Jesus in everyday life. I am grateful to God to have known you here upon the earth. Rest in Paradise my Brother. See you later! In God's Peace, Freda Marie Brown+

 

Maria Eliaz posted on 1/26/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Maria Eliaz lit a candle

 

Maria Eliaz posted on 1/26/19

My condolences to the family. Whenever Tino was on Galveston College campus he always had a smile and would stop and tell you hi. He attended many events on campus. Education was important to him. He will be missed by his family, friends, and the Island community. Rest In Peace.

 

Alma Zepeda posted on 1/26/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez. My prayers for the family, strength and peace. Alma Zepeda lit a candle

 

Trudy Deen Davis posted on 1/26/19

Thinking of you and your entire family during this difficult time. I worked with Tino in the community on various issues related to children. I'm glad I got to be a workout buddy with you, Denise.

 

Tom Homrighaus posted on 1/26/19

Dear Gonzalez family and friends. Please accept the loving condolence of the Homrighaus family for the loss of your beloved Tino. He, like all the Gonzalez family, was a great friend to my brother Martin, Chris, and to me though I was younger. Though its been too long, whenever I saw Tino, he never failed to stop to talk, ask about our family, and brag about his. He was too young to pass on, but thank God his pain and struggle has been lifted. Warmly, Tommy Homrighaus

 

Cindi Smith posted on 1/26/19

How heaven rejoyced when this precious angel came home. Tino’s beautiful spirit,and his smile that lit up the room will be truly missed. The world is indeed not as bright without him. Praying the love and comfort of Jesus blanket his precious family through this most difficult time. You are loved so much. God bless each of you. David & Cindi Smith

 

Hazel Ellis posted on 1/26/19

To remember my many wonderful years of working at Galveston College is to remember You as a big part of it. My heartfelt condolences to your family. May you rest in heavenly peace!

 

Becky Trout Unbehagen posted on 1/26/19

Our thoughts and prayers are with Denise and the family. It was an honor to know and work with Tino and to call him friend. He was a wonderful person and is greatly missed. Mike and Becky Unbehagen

 

Donna Rogiers posted on 1/26/19

The world has lost someone very special in Tino’s passing. RIP Tino, your bright lights will remain in our hearts. My love and prayers for the Gonzalez family .

 

Mary Sheppard posted on 1/25/19

Thanks for the memories! Always remembered fondly! Blessings to the family. (And a Big hug from God!)

 

Laura Rodriguez posted on 1/25/19

Our Heavenly Father works in misterious ways. I remember 10 years ago...you and your sons will come to Shrimp and Stuff! (Yes! Always with a smile) Your sons were your reflection. Always very polite! Ten years later, On November 2018, I see you again not knowing that we both went through a similar experience. You freely spoked your journey as I shared you mine. I cried and told you how I admired you for being such a strong person. We cheered each other as we were standing at the Ball High Library. I went home and told my mom about you. And again... I cryed! You were such an inspirational person to me, as well as many young people. You touched so many peoples life Tino and ti’ll now you are someone to look up to!

 

Sandra Urbina Martin posted on 1/25/19

God bless your family and Tino. Heaven just received another angel...

 

Stephanie Correia posted on 1/25/19

He was such a ray of light. Always smiling & ready to give you a hug when saying hello. He will be missed by the UTMB family & all who knew him.

 

Jason & Gina Richie posted on 1/25/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Jason & Gina Richie lit a candle

 

Jason & Gina Richie posted on 1/25/19

Sending condolences to the Gonzalez family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Cathleen Frederickson posted on 1/25/19

Our love and prayers surround you as we celebrate the life of our wonderful faithful friend, Tino! His love and determination to provide opportunities for all children in Galveston helped us build Upward Hope Academy! He is our Hero and blessed us as our Big Brave Brother to all of our kids! God bless you! Hugs Cathy And Chris Frederickson

 

Tim Simmons posted on 1/25/19

So sad to hear of Tino’s passing. The lights of my dear home island are a little less bright without him. A tremendous loss to Galveston and the Gonzalez family. Much love and respect.

 

Kim & David Brouillard posted on 1/25/19

Incredible person, neighbor, classmate, friend, witness for Christ. We love you Tino. I'm gonna miss that smile, I'm gonna miss you my friend. See you on the other side superstar. Kim & David Brouillard

 

Nancy Ramsden posted on 1/25/19

Tino, Goodbye my cherished friend. Until I see you again, I will miss the sparkle in your eyes and the eternal optimism in your voice! Thank you for allowing me to share your incredible journey! You are forever in my heart! May God bless and comfort your precious family!

 

Sharon Levy Pagan posted on 1/25/19

What a life well lived! The love of his family was such a focal point of his life and I hope that knowledge will bring comfort during this time of loss.

 

Scott posted on 1/25/19

Tino was the epitome of a servant leader. Each time I saw him, he smiled, said hello, shook my hand, and took time to talk with me about the goings on in Galveston. He was truly a kind and caring man and will be missed by all of us in Galveston. He touched countless lives and left a lasting impression.

 

Lou Gould posted on 1/25/19

I worked with Tino years ago at UTMB. Will remember his gentle manner and warm smile Rest in peace!

 

Lisa Enriquez posted on 1/25/19

Sweet man!

 

Shirley McDaniel posted on 1/25/19

My prayers are with the family! Sending condolences from the Gulf coast chapter basketball officials!

 

Jennifer Anderson posted on 1/25/19

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Tino was an amazing man and I am a better person knowing him. He helped me in many ways and I will always be forever grateful. I know Jesus welcomed him with open arms! We all now have a special guardian angel watching over us.

 

Gary and Jody Price posted on 1/25/19

We have had the great honor of being neighbors with Tino and Denise. Our lives have been filled with laughter and adventure spending time with them. Our hearts have been filled with sorrow in losing one. We pray for Denise to be strong and carry on in her gentle loving way. God Bless You Denise.

 

Lorraine Trevino posted on 1/25/19

Sending my heartfelt sympathy to the Gonzalez family! I Will always remember his contagious smile! He was such a great man! Rest in Peace Tino!

 

Roy and Pam Quintanilla posted on 1/25/19

Forever in our hearts

 

Stacey Gottlob posted on 1/25/19

You will definitely be remembered. Sending prayers to your family.

 

Joe and Rosie Aguilar posted on 1/25/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Joe and Rosie Aguilar lit a candle

 

Kathy Whatley posted on 1/25/19

Tino was an ambassador for education. He did so much to encourage kids to stay in school and continue their education. He was also a wonderful friend and I will miss him very much.

 

Maria Eguiluz posted on 1/25/19

I will always keep you in my heart dear Tino. Maria

 

Rachael Alsup posted on 1/25/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Rachael Alsup lit a candle

 

Thomas Curran posted on 1/25/19

To The Family of "Tino". It seems like yesterday we talked at my son Mike Curran's Memorial. Tino was a good man, Father and loving husband. I know he will be missed but always remember he will be with all of us again. We may ask why My husband or my dad when there are others that are not as wonderful and kind as Him, but always remember that God only wants the very Best. My God bless you all and his light shine on Tino and keep you all in the palm of his hands. Yours in Christ Tom Curran (Mike Curran's Dad)

 

Bonnie Farmer posted on 1/25/19

There was a joyous reunion with my parents, John and Betty Lou Williams, when Tino arrived last Tuesday. More than neighbors, more like family! Will miss that dear man! Love to the family.

 

James Curtis posted on 1/25/19

I saw Tino as a patient long ago for physical therapy when I worked at UTMB and on a few occasions in years after that. He was a friend even more than just my patient and I always loved seeing and visiting him. Every time I'd be in Smooth Tony's, I would ask about Tino. I thought the absolute world of Tino and he was an awesome guy. The world is not as bright without Tino being here but Heaven is now that much better.

 

Ruth Broom posted on 1/25/19

Tino was a blessing to Galveston Island. He helped so many people and was such a good soul. He will be missed greatly by this community. He was so warm and full of light. You could feel Jesus beaming out of him when you were with him. My mother was so good just like Tino. She loved him like her own son. This is a very, very sad time for SO many people who have lost him. You will always be remembered as an angel who lived on Earth!

 

Gayle Mallia posted on 1/25/19

Every single memory I have of Tino brings a smile to my face. He made high school fun for all of us. My deepest sympathy to Denise and the entire family. May perpetual light shine upon him.

 

Carl Broom posted on 1/25/19

Tino my mother Duddy Broom thought the world of you as you she was always a good heart helping others.Im sure god has special place in heaven for special people like you and mom.What amazes me is people like you and mom did amazing things behind the scenes always helping others and your families as well.The world needs more people like you and my mom.You and her are the true soldiers of gods plan.God bless you and your families

 

Lindie Nanninga posted on 1/25/19

Denise and family, my sincerest condolences. I will always remember Tino for his beautiful smile and kindness. He was always eager to say "hello" or stop and chat for a bit whenever he saw you. An all around nice guy. Praying you and your family may find comfort in time, knowing he is no longer suffering, and that you be lifted up by the many beautiful memories Tino left behind.

 

Dolores Sanchez posted on 1/25/19

Sorry for your loss Denise, prayers to you and your family. R.I.P. Tino

 

David Avina posted on 1/25/19

His was a life well lived, filled with family, love and laughter. He also worked tirelessly to help others through the Church, Galveston College, and local charities. I was always amazed at the energy he possessed to be so involved, but it seemed that it was his calling. I am truly honored and blessed to have known him.

 

Carl Broom posted on 1/25/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Carl Broom lit a candle

 

Lynie posted on 1/25/19

Rest in peace Tino!

 

Lynie posted on 1/25/19

Deepest sympathy for the loss of Tino. He will be forever missed and always in our heart's and memories as a kind, gentle, friendly man. Gods speed Tino. Love, The Reegan family.

 

Leslye posted on 1/25/19

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Tino's infectious smile will be truly missed. He was one of the most thoughtful people I've ever met. Always a kind word and a big hug. We'll keep you close in mind and heart always. Love, The Mlcak family

 

Janelle Kershaw Achord posted on 1/25/19

Tino was a great spirit on the UTMB Campus and all throughout Galveston. You will be missed my friend.

 

Tonia Williams posted on 1/25/19

Praying for the family. Tino was a wonderful spirit. I remember my last encounter with him and sharing laughs, even as he courageously battled his giant. Rest in heaven my former coworker.

 

Daniel Leyva posted on 1/25/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Daniel Leyva lit a candle

 

Carmen Rodriguez posted on 1/25/19

Tino, you were definitely one of a kind! I will miss running into you at the local stores. Never in all the years that I knew you, did you not have that smile on your face! You left a legacy on this island , not only for your children but for us islanders too! I will continue to pray for your family during this most difficult time. You my friend are now rejoicing in Heaven. I am quite sure you have now spoken with Mike. Both of you guys were great friends and you both loved to talk! Miss you but will always remember your sweet and gentle ways!

 

John J Gomez posted on 1/25/19

Peace and comfort to the Gonzalez family. Tino, Galveston is blessed by your spirit of love. Thank you for the rich memories of service. God bless our native BOI.

 

Joseph conti posted on 1/25/19

You will forever be in our heart and soul. Thank you for all you Have done for me in my tenure at UTMB. You will be missed by so many wonderful people . May God bless you and your family.

 

Brooke Dickerson posted on 1/25/19

Mr Gonzalez was an awesome person. Praying for the family whom all is affected.

 

Sharyl Sneed Sliger posted on 1/24/19

My prayers for all of Tino’s Family. I had the pleasure of knowing Tino through working at UTMB. He was always so kind and just plain happy. I have since moved from Galveston but ran into Tino about 5 years ago on one of my return visits. He took the time to ask about my family and I got the chance to hear about his. It was one of a kind and will be truly missed. Rest in the arms of our Heavenly Father Tino.

 

elvia gomez posted on 1/24/19

Blessings for his family, he was a great guy. The community will miss him dearly.

 

Oralia Guerrero posted on 1/24/19

So sorry for the loss of this great man. May he rest eternally in the loving arms of God, and may God's peace and comfort surround all of his family. Chacha Ochoa Guerrero and Jose M. Guerrero

 

Gloria & Adrian Diaz and family posted on 1/24/19

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

 

Daniel L Slayton posted on 1/24/19

Tino, I will miss you in so many ways...…...and now believe you're in a better place. You will be missed by all. R.I.P. my friend. Daniel L. Slayton

 

Kerstin posted on 1/24/19

My uncle Tino was the most nicest person. He would help out any and everyone family or not. I use to always talk to him everyday like if he was my BESTFRIEND. I loved him so much ❤️ Now he’s in a better place. I love you uncle tino ❤️

 

Kryss posted on 1/24/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Kryss lit a candle

 

Julie parker posted on 1/24/19

The last time I saw him was at a convience store. He was so glad to see me. An old classmate from Sacred Heart. He made me take a picture with him then he bought the homeless guy outside a tea. Beautiful heart and soul. Truly a Galveston icon. Praying for Denise and her family. This happened after his diagnosis and makes me want to be a better person.

 

Julie Ellen Hollis posted on 1/24/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Julie Ellen Hollis lit a candle

 

Richard W. Morgan posted on 1/24/19

Tino was the nicest person you could ever meet. So easy to talk to and very kind. He helped me get my job back at UTMB, after I was wrongly terminated. He was always smiling. May God bless his family, I know his spirit is with our Father.

 

Connie D.Squiers posted on 1/24/19

❤️Forever in our hearts❤️

 

Dr Kimberly Ellis and Dillon B posted on 1/24/19

Tino is the prototype of an exemplary leader and advocate for children and college students. The kindness that he always showed my family, while in Galveston, has left an indelible mark on my heart. Sending condolences to your family and hoping that the remembrance of your infectious smile will help heal our broken hearts.

 

Sandra Matranga posted on 1/24/19

Denise, Oh my gosh, my heart goes out to you and your sons. He was such a sweetheart. so sad to lose him at such a young age. Sandra & Tony Matranga

 

Ansie posted on 1/24/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Ansie lit a candle

 

Toni Ricigliano & Patricia van den Berg posted on 1/24/19

Such a kind and beautiful soul inside and out. He will be greatly missed here on Earth. May you rest forever in peace, my friend.

 

Kate Sullivant posted on 1/24/19

Cariño, You are missed terribly. You left nothing but love in your wake. Te extraño, te amo, y te quiero.

 

Lily Rodriguez posted on 1/24/19

Our prayers with the Gonzalez Family, We will miss you Tino, your heart to befriend priceless and love for serving your community unique. Pastor Lily & Manuel Rodriguez East End First (Primera) Assembly of God

 

Liz J Hernandez posted on 1/24/19

sad loss for your family/friends and our Community. prayers for peace and strength to Denise, his sons and the Gonzales family. RIP Tino!

 

Sharon Tipton posted on 1/24/19

What a wonderful man! Denise my prayers are with you and the boys.

 

Debbie & Mike Garcia posted on 1/24/19

Our thoughts and prayers are with Denise and their sons & family. Tino was definitely one of a kind who was always a joy to everyone who knew him. May God give his family the strength and peace they need.

 

Keri Schmidt posted on 1/24/19

We were fortunate to have the bright light of Tino Gonzalez in our ALF Class XLV. I will remember his love for his family, his great humor, courage and pure joy. In the brief time I knew him, he made an incredible impact. To his family and friends: May you receive comfort from your many sweet memories during this difficult time.

 

Jimmy Moya posted on 1/24/19

Isaiah 40:11 He takes care of His people like a shepherd. He gathers them like lambs in His arms and carries them close to Him. With Caring Sympathy in Your Loss Jimmy & Marisela Moya

 

Cris Chapa posted on 1/24/19

May the memories of your loved one that you hold in your heart bring God' s Love and Peace to your soul. Praying to the Lord, the source of all consolation, be a comfort to you in your loss. Thinking of you with deepest sympathy. Our love and prayers are with you. Remembering Tino's beautiful smile and kind spirit every time he came to the bakery. Cris & Family of a Texas Star Bakery

 

Valerie Guidry posted on 1/24/19

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Tino was a beloved member and leader of the community. He always radiated a positive outlook and a beaming smile. May the comfort of friends and family and fond memories of Tino help bring you peace during this difficult time.

 

Amber Jinkins posted on 1/24/19

I light a candle in the memory of Tino. Rest In Peace. By grace alone we are saved. All my love, in Jesus’s name I pray. #angeltino

 

Michelle Conley posted on 1/24/19

Dear Tino, I write this to honor you. We all want to have positive influences in our lives and we seek friendships and relationships that inspire us. Some of us are lucky and have been blessed by someone who had a positive influence in our lives. You have been one of my biggest fans, supporter and dearest friend. The way you lived your life affected the people around you. I aspire to be like you… the kind of person that other people wanted to meet and include in their life. Your smile was and zeal for life was contagious. You always focused your energy on being your best self and the kind of person that everyone wanted to spend time with and be more like. Here is what I will take from the passing of you my friend, it is that time is truly precious. We never know when will be the last time we see someone. I will honor your memory and be sure to make more time for the people I care about, even if it’s five minutes. Whether it be a text or phone call, I will make the time NOW. To each person we care about and love — we need to make sure they know. Hug your loved ones a little tighter. Enjoy your time with them and make as many memories as you can. Take tons of pictures, send cards and letters, and take mini road trips together. Accomplish all you can and chase your dreams. Fulfill your life with all of the things that make you happy as best you can. Because that’s what Tino would want us to do… My new focus… #BeLikeTino Until we meet again... Sincerely your little sister, Michelle

 

Camilla Morales posted on 1/24/19

Tino , You were a beautiful soul , I will miss you. Tell my son Jonathan hi for me . I'm sure he will show you around up there. xoxo R.I.P

 

Amy Driscoll posted on 1/24/19

In memory of Florentino Fernando "Tino" Gonzalez, Amy Driscoll lit a candle

 

David Kaplan posted on 1/24/19

To the family of Tino Gonzlaez: I am so sorry to hear of Tino's passing. Please accept my sincere sympathy at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. The suffering is over and may Tino rest in eternal peace. Sincerely

 

Rosemary Jackson posted on 1/24/19

So sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you during this difficult time.

 

Edwin estrada posted on 1/23/19

Nuestros más sentido pésame para la familia que dios les de fortaleza para superar la perdida de nuestro querido amigo que dios lo tenga en su santa gloria muchas bendiciones a la familia de parte de nelly estrada y family

 

Linda Acosta & Acosta family /Lorie Alcazar posted on 1/23/19

May he be with the angels above ! Love you Denise and the boys!

 

Mary Lou Kelso posted on 1/23/19

Willy and Family, I am so very sorry to learn of Tino. Even though I have only known him for a short time, I found him to be such a remarkable person. He will certainly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. May the Eternal Light shine upon him. With love, Mary Lou Kelso

 

Elia and Wayne Ochoa posted on 1/23/19

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond sorrow , May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow...

 

Kristin Sexton posted on 1/23/19

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Tino’s Family & close friends. Although our family only crossed Tino’s path a few times in the past couple years, we feel fortunate to have met him. He was an amazing man with an encouraging spirit and a contagious smile, and we feel fortunate to have met him. He will be sorely missed by many. May the peace of God comfort us all.

 

Tommy Forester posted on 1/23/19

Tino , Im not going to pray for you anymore my friend. You are in heaven now and dont need my prayers anymore. I believe that with every atom of what I am. For your family and legions of friends I will pray for strength and peace . We're gonna miss you down here Dr. T, but one day we'll all meet again. Vaya con Dios mi amigo.

 

James Stephenson posted on 1/23/19

My sincere condolence and prayers for the family and friends of Tino Gonzalez. May God keep you in the embrace of his loving care during your time of sorrow and loss.

 

Stephaine J Davis Blase, Ronald Blase, Ashleigh Blase Lain and Joey Lain posted on 1/23/19

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Tino was an exceptional human being. He always had a smile on his face. He was a great school friend and still a friend when you ran into him here on the island. He will be missed by all who knew him. His wings are spread and he is flying high with all the other beautiful angels watching over us until we met him again. He will greet us with that beautiful smile one day. Our hearts are filled with sorrow for your family but remember we are all keeping you his family in our prayers and thoughts.

 

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