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Americo “Ricky” Garcia, 58, cowboy at heart goes home to the love of his life

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HUDSON–Americo “Ricky” Garcia, 58, died Saturday October 3, at his home. Born July 27, 1951 in Punta Santiago, Puerto Rico, Mr. Garcia was the son of the late Rafael and Lydia (Vadiz-Garcia) Garcia. He was the maintenance supervisor for Hudson Terrace Apartments and later the manager of Lakeview Arms in Poughkeepsie.

Surviving are two sons, Steven M. and (Melissa) Garcia of Poughkeepsie and James Centino and fiancé (Tina Risch) of Catskill; a daughter, Maria and (Eddie) Herrero of Massapequa, Nassau County; three brothers, Benjamin, Rubin and Ralph Garcia; three sisters, Georgina Anasta, Josephine Ortiz and Isabelle Garcia; grandchildren Arianna, Iziah and Kiera Garcia, Sidnee and Jaiee Centino, Elliot and Emily Herrero; as well as many, many foster children and grandchildren.

His wife of over 30 years, Maria Caballero-Garcia, and one sister, China Calderon, died previously: The end of a love story for Maria and Rick. Believe in love at first sight. After losing his love, he lived 15 months with a broken heart that we could never heal. Two souls together for over 30 years, they were inseparable. Mommy was his love, but the Wild West was his passion. A cowboy at heart, his ranch always looked alive and untouched or else. Life gave them many obstacles and together they conquered each one. They filled their lives with hope, even during the times when there was little reason to hope. They were generous people; you would think they were millionnaires, and never expected anything in return. Now we are left with the photo memories of their love affair.

He was a hard man to dislike: A funny man who looked at life with a smile. He was a loving husband, a teddy bear of a grandfather, a compassionate friend, more of a brother than brother-in-law, more of a father than uncle; the heart and soul to his brothers and sisters; a hero to his children, gentle, patient, yet stern. He gave them never-ending strength and encouragement. We are blessed to have a rather simple yet powerful and loving relationship both.

As we look to the sky—they are at the ranch, a brave cowboy with all his gear, mommy is sewing away and reading her book, God is their neighbor. We are filled with agonizing sorrow for losing them, but great joy to know they are together again and live for eternity in our hearts. Mommy and Pappi, we will miss you each day. Love you. James, Steven and Marie.

Calling hours will be Thursday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at Valenti and Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Hudson. Funeral services will be Friday morning at 11 at the funeral home with Fr. Winston Bath officiating. Cremation will be private at Albany Rural Crematory.

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