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  Andrew Garcia
President and founder, Cinco Group Inc., 62, Portola Valley, Calif. Wife, Dorothy; daughters, Kelly Garcia, Audrey Olive; son, Andrew. He was returning home from a business meeting

It wasn't unusual for Dorothy Garcia to answer the phone and be confronted by a strange voice she didn't recognize. Time and again, it turned out to be her husband, Andrew, disguising himself. Invariably, even after 32 years of marriage, she fell for it.

That was only one of a bag of tricks employed by Garcia, a California businessman who remained a prankster at heart, even at age 62.

He would create noise with a tiny, hand-held clicker, making people turn around. And he would suddenly peer in one direction, prompting his wife to do the same, in a teasing, "Hah! Made you look" way.

Garcia balanced his whimsical bent with a devout Christian faith and a serious concern for the well-being of others. He didn't just glibly ask people how they were when he bumped into them; like an intuitive therapist, he really wanted to know.

With his olive skin and strict adherence to a daily regimen of jumping jacks, toe touches and sit-ups, Garcia didn't look his age.

He played tennis and golf, jogged three miles a day, and sometimes could be found on the soccer field helping coach a children's team while still in business attire.

Born to a family with roots in Spain and raised in San Jose, Garcia grew up working in fruit orchards and at his father's grocery store. He also delivered mail, putting himself through San Jose State University, where he was a sprinter.

After graduating in 1961, Garcia went to work for United Airlines as a purchasing manager at its engineering base in San Francisco. Dorothy worked as a secretary downstairs

Eventually, Garcia left the airline and, with Dorothy, founded Cinco Group Inc., which sells industrial products.

In the 1960s, Garcia was in the Air National Guard. He began learning to fly, but switched his study to become an air traffic controller and never attained his pilot's license.

That didn't dampen his interest in flying, though. He used to load his oldest daughter, Kelly, into their Volkswagen with a sun roof and park at airports to watch the planes. They knew every model -- military and civilian -- just by the shape.

Kelly earned her pilot's license in 1992.

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Andrew Garcia
BY Anonymous on Sep 11, 2011
  I knew Andy from our business association at C&D Batteries. We put in a new microwave power supply for 20 some sites in N California. We lost contact for a long time, but met again at a trade show, when I heard "Dick Fedyk, how in the heck are you?". It was Andy, we hugged, and had lunch. This was about 6 months before 911. We were looking forward to seeing each other at a sales meeting in Jan of the following year. I was in Paris on vacation with my wife on 911 and found out that Andy was on the flight when we got back and I returned to work. Today brings back many fond memories of Andy and I pray that his family has been able to cope with his passing. God love you and all the people who had family and friends who perished on 911. Rich & Lucille Fedyk
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Andrew Garcia
BY Anonymous on Feb 18, 2007
 

To a hero in the finest words a United [Airlines] employee can express: The family here at the flight center is deeply saddened by your loss. May the good Lord bless you and your family and protect you in times of emotional need.


Bobby Davis, UAL employee




 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Andrew Garcia
BY Anonymous on Oct 27, 2006
  You are thought of, prayed for, and deeply missed.

May you rest in peace until your loved ones join you in Heaven.



Holyoke, Colorado


 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Andrew Garcia
BY Anonymous on Oct 27, 2006
  May you find eternal peace.

You are deeply missed.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Andrew Garcia
BY Anonymous on Sep 11, 2006
  I knew him briefly in a proffesional capacity and found him to be a sweet, unassuming, kind man. What a loss. My most sincere condolences. Yes, he looked much younger than his stated age
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Andrew Garcia
BY Anonymous on Sep 07, 2006
  may ur soul R.I.P
 


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Adam D. Jones

Happy Birthday, Adam. You are missed so much every minute of everyday! XOXO ~143~ You will forever be in my heart and on my mind. Love always, Tammy


Laurie Cobb

She was my 3rd and 5th grade teacher. Today I'm 32 and still think about her. She was the best teacher ever. From her hair children stories to her bubbly happiness and kindness she spread. I'll never forget her. She was the teacher who had lunch with the kids in her classroom so everyone had someone to be with. She made my school experience amazing. I will never forget her.. I love you Mrs. Cobb. Sincerely, Forever in my thoughts, Alyssa (Viau) Capone


Larry E Polley Jr

SPC Polley died almost two decades ago so I don't know if this message will be seen. In honor of Memorial Day, my agency hands out cards with names of those who have fallen. This year, 2023, I received the card for SPC Polley and was inspired to look up more on him. I am thankful for his service and sacrifice. My condolences to his family. He is not forgotten.


Paul C. Holter III

Miss you brother


Alex D Gonzalez

Love you and miss you always. Since you been gone it has been hard for everyone. I know you loved what you did, and I want to thank you for our freedom. If I can have you back home and safe living your life man everything would be different. No matter how much money they would offer me I would rather have you alive and home. Money comes and go so it's not worth losing you.


Christopher D Young

hello my name is Jesus Vega I would like to give my condolences to Christopher's family and friends, I served with him in Iraq and slept in the same quarters. I have many fond memories of him. I have never forgotten his sacrifice. I would like to share that the greatest memory I had of Chris is that he would speak highly of his mom and how much she meant to him. Chris was a strong minded person and looked out for other. He was kind and friendly the he made friends with everyone. Chris was truly a great man! I sincerely apologize for not sharing sooner. but would like to express that Chris's memory will never be forgotten! though he is not with us he will always be in spirit! If this message gets to Christopher's mother I she could know she raised a great man and for that I thank you.


Jose E Ulloa

Ricky you are still in your family's hearts.


John Michael Roy Curwin

I'm doing a work assignment for school and think he should be included.


Derek L. Shanfield

Heartfelt Sympathy on the loss of your son - Semper Fi.


Marisol Heredia

Dear Marisol, You are Loved Forever...Jeff


John Charles Jenkins

In hope for your soul to be safe and in peace forever, God hold you in your wings! Amen


Todd Beamer

Your courage exceeds the unimaginable.


Steven Paul Chucknick

peace be with you


Geoffrey Perez

thank you for being in our lives, you i got to see you right before you left and i feel so blessed for tour ultimate sacrifice brother. Rest in paradise


Linda Jones

Praying for peace and serenity. God bless you as you travel this difficult path.


Kristopher J. Gould

Miss you everyday buddy. Look forward to seeing you again, one day.


Kristopher J. Gould

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice, Kris. You are missed.


Deora Bodley

rest in peace


James David Parker

I knew James David Parker as "Dave" when he lived in Solon Ohio. We met when I moved into town from out of state. He and his group of friends were a year or two older than me. Dave was a bright beacon of hope and joy to me. I was an unsure young man in a strange place. Dave introduced me to many people and ensured his friends always saved me a seat in the lunchroom. I have fond memories of him and his friends during that time. I doubt so many people would have been as wonderful toward me without Dave's incredible kindness. I've never forgotten his kindness. I hope to be able to pay it forward someday.


Tyler O. Griffin

Condolences to the family. Freedom is not free, it cost this man's life. Thank you is not enough. Grieving is not enough for your loss though it is all we have, the Sandoval Family


John A. Hofer

Alicia... he ALWAYS talked about YOU and how much he loved you... I am so sorry HE was IS an amazing friend!!


Michell Lee Robotham

Saying prayers for you and your family today. I remember working with you in Land O' Lakes, WI at the bank and the fun times we shared. Sandy V


Karen Sue Juday

So very sad,l am so sorry. Rest in peace.

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