Edward Villarreal, Sr. a loving husband, cherished father, endearing brother and wonderful friend, passed away on
Sunday, August 9 th , 2020 in Tracy, California. He is now with our Lord, Jesus Christ, preceded by his mother, Lupe,
his sister, Patricia and his mother-in-law, Elvira. He is survived by his father, Antonio, his spouse and love of his
life, Leticia ‘Lety’ Villarreal and his three children, Patty, Eduardo, Jr., and Gaby. He also leaves his siblings, whom
he loved: Cecilia (Gary), Tony, Yolanda (Adolph), Ricky, Nancy (Alfred), Sandra and Angelica (Seth), including 18
nieces and nephews.
Edward, known as Lalo by those dearest to him, was born in Livermore, California, to Antonio and Guadalupe
‘Lupe’ Villarreal, on April 14 th , 1971. He was raised in Hayward having graduated from Sunset High School and later
attending Chabot College. A master mechanic, Edward was the Maintenance Superintendent for AC Transit having
a career which spanned the last 29 years. During his career, he received many accolades and awards for his
excellent technical expertise and impeccable ability to execute. He was always willing to share his technical
knowledge with co-workers which was greatly appreciated. His excellent performance was reflected in his
exceptional leadership skills and he made team-building a priority, developing rapport and strong relationships
with those he worked with during his career.
On November 11 th , 1995, Edward married Lety, the love of his life, who gave him three beautiful children which he
adored. He was a wonderful husband who always put Lety first. She was his comfort and he was her rock, always
there for each other through every twist and turn, up and down, that life could offer. He loved to travel with his
family and especially enjoyed cruises. He loved feeling the ocean breeze on the ship and taking in the view,
particularly in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. His favorite destination, however, was Disneyland where he and Lety
would visit using their annual passes whenever the opportunity presented itself. A Star Wars fan, he was excited
beyond words when Galaxy’s Edge finally opened! Edward also enjoyed riding the Thunder Mountain Railroad
coaster with his family and, being a big kid at heart, loved riding It’s a Small World! He also enjoyed visiting
Yosemite and was always a fan of taking the ‘scenic route,’ on any vacation, sharing the experience with his family!
A racing aficionado, Edward loved both NASCAR and NHRA, enthusiastically attending the Winternationals every
Edward loved Saturday morning dates with Lety, stopping to get a “Blended Banana-Rama” from Barista’s coffee
shop, right before visiting the Farmer’s Market. He savored great food and Lety, loving him so, worked hard to
learn certain recipes that his mother, Lupe, prepared including tamales, menudo, frijoles a la charra and her
Thanksgiving stuffing! But he also loved to prepare food, especially barbecue, specializing in tender ribs and juicy
Edward loved to laugh and relished spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed hosting parties and
always made sure everyone had food and a drink in their hand! He was a family man, always wanting to be with
his wife and children, no matter what, even if it meant just going to the store. And it goes without being said, he
loved his parents, brothers and sisters deeply and was always there for them whenever needed.
Edward was a man of integrity and had a strong work ethic. A faithful Catholic, he had a strong connection with
our Blessed Mother, La Virgen de Guadalupe, as his mother, Lupe, shared her name. We know that Edward’s faith,
evidenced in the life he lived and reflected in the hearts of those he loved, has brought him home to be with loved
ones that have passed before him.
“I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I
have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me … ” – 2 Timothy 4:
Visitation for Eduardo will be held at Fry Memorial Chapel in Tracy, California from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday,
August 23, 2020. Viewing will be limited to groups of ten in rotation. All attendees are asked to wear face masks
and practice social distancing. Services will be live-streamed from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rosary at 7 p.m. will be limited
to immediate family only. Eulogy readings will immediately follow Rosary. Burial will be private.
Click here to view a webcast of the service on 8/23/2020 at 05:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time.
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