January 12, 1945 – November 16, 2021
Fresno, California – On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, Alfredo “Rick” Tavarez passed away loving son, brother, nephew, uncle, friend, but most importantly, loving husband and father at the age of 76.
Rick was born on January 12th in Fresno, California to Gonzalo and Teresa Tavarez; he was one of fourteen siblings. He graduated from Fresno High School in 1963 and joined the US Air Force immediately after serving in Vietnam. Upon completion of his service, he returned to Fresno to work for the Dow Chemical Company. He met the love of his life, Jo-Ann (Lopopolo), and the two married on September 27, 1969; five years later they had their son Richard “Richie”. Rick joined the Fresno Police Department shortly after his marriage and proudly wore the badge for nearly thirty years.
Rick loved music and had a talent for playing guitar; Spending time with nephews in “jam” sessions. Rick also loved painting, drawing, baking, and gardening; he really had a green thumb. When a hobby piqued his interest, he wasn’t afraid to try it, and the results turned out to be better than he’d ever thought. He loved all animals, but loved his mastiffs and bassett hounds. He was known for his humor, quick wit, and compassionate spirit.
In death, Rick precedes his wife, Jo-Ann, parents Gonzalo and Teresa Tavarez, as well as his siblings and other loved ones who have touched his life in one way or another. He leaves behind his son Richard, his brothers Salvador Tavarez, Raymond Tavarez, Gilbert Tavarez and his sister Sally Rocha as well as numerous nephews, nieces and in-laws.
Viewing Thursday, December 9, 2021, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, 836 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, CA 93720.
Rosary on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, 836 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, CA 93720.
Funeral and mass on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, 2838 N. West Ave., Fresno, CA 93705, followed immediately by funeral services in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Instead of donating flowers to:
Fresno Police Pastoral Care, 3845 N. Clark St. Suite 201, Fresno, CA 93726
Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Administration Office, 1250 W. Olive Ave., Fresno, CA 93728
Hinds Hospice, for Development, 2490 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 101, Fresno, CA 93711
Published from & from November 27 to November 29, 2021.