Alfred Navares spent 87 industrious years making his mark on the world. True to his night owl nature, he began his eternal rest in the late evening hours of Monday, May 11, 2020 in
Riverside, California. Al was born on October 18, 1932, in Maui, Hawaii, the eldest son to his parents Gaudencio and Sarah (Canida) Navares. Following high school, he went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Army, which took him abroad to Europe. Upon his Honorable Discharge, he returned to the States and raised a beautiful family in South Gate, California with his wife Mary. He built a 30 year career with General Motors and boasted that his retirement years were more plentiful than his working years. He is survived by his cherished children:
Marianne and Mark Graves, Suzanne and Kevin Bovaird, and Gary Lee and Diane Lee Navares; his grandchildren: Christopher Graves, Jennifer and Rithea Vong, Ashley and Adam White, Peter and Alexxis Bovaird, Gabrielle Bovaird, Kyle Alfred Navares, Kimberly Nicole Navares and Michelle Kim; and his great-grandchildren: Aiden and Logan Vong, and Tristen and Alissa White.
Al was a man of many talents and few words, except on occasion, when he decided to reveal his gift of “talking story.” He could build and fix anything. He tinkered with hammers and fragile electric gadgets alike. He was resourceful, thrifty and practical. He was organized and didn’t stray from routines. But not everything was regimented. He loved late night Skype calls, and junk food was never safe around him. He loved watching sports, old westerns and black and white reruns. He pretended the dogs annoyed him, but there was a silent satisfaction when they would follow his commands. He didn’t say much, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have much to say. He was quietly observant and offered insight only occasionally. But one thing was always clear. He was very proud of his family. He was always invested in their accomplishments. He is greatly loved and will be sorely missed.
Alfred will be laid to rest beside his wife, Mary (d. 2011), at the Riverside National Cemetery.