1 (edited by Amilcar Thu, 24 Jan 2008 08:20:13)

Topic: Guillermo Afaro Martinez "Memo" 1942-2008

It is with great sadness that I post here to inform everyone that my dad passed away last night at the young age of 65. He battled CC for 20 months and died peacefully with my mom by his side and the rest of his family surrounding him.

Guillermo Alfaro was born in 1942 in Mexico City to a family of physicians and not surprisingly became one himself. In 1965 while a resident in Paris he met my mom, with whom he was married for almost 43 years. In 1968 they left for Edinburgh Scotland so dad could pursue his PhD; they later lived in Philadelphia where dad as a postdoctoral fellow. Upon his return to Mexico they had their only son (me) and lived very happily in the same house since 1973. Dad held a variety of teaching and research positions in the National University and National Institute of Cancer. He retired in 2006 upon his diagnosis.

My dad was a man of strange habits and a rather atypical person. He was affectionate but not social and would rather read a book than spend a night in the town. He devoured books and knowledge like no one I ever met and he was the person you could always count on for obscure facts.

Dad was a man out of time. Sometimes I think he should have lived in a different era. He was always out of sorts in big cities and loved his little country house outside Mexico City. He was a passionate traveler and loved to visit us in Seattle, where I often feared he would want to move:)

My dad was not a perfect man. Seldom agreed to things easily, had a temper and was Philly fan, something inadmissible in a Mariner household. He was also stubborn and would sometimes spend too much time with his own mind than with others. That however, made him who he was.  Eclectic, intelligent and above all honest to a fault.

I know I will miss my dad dearly and will cherish the conversations we had, his visits to Seattle and his love for my mom, my wife and his dear Ines and Andrea.

I feel a strange sense of relief knowing he is no longer suffering or depressed; I frequently think he was wasted by depression beyond any tumors.

"Memo" will be missed but he leaves a legacy that will not be forgotten (plus several thousand books no one will know what to do with)

Dad, I will miss you very much.

Amilcar

Re: Guillermo Afaro Martinez "Memo" 1942-2008

Amilcar,

You have written very beautiful things about your father. Despite being short, it sounds like he led a very exciting, full, and adventurous life while at the same time giving back to the community. I hope he left this world peacefully. I am sorry for your loss and send you and your faminly hugs and strength.

Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

Re: Guillermo Afaro Martinez "Memo" 1942-2008

Dear Amilcar, your love for your Dad shines through in your writing.  I'm so sorry he's left this world.  I know he'll be missed by many.  I pray for comfort and strength for you and his family.

Carol

Re: Guillermo Afaro Martinez "Memo" 1942-2008

Dear Amilcar

My deepest sympathies. You knew this was approaching soon, yet you still must be devastated.

You wrote a great tribute - I think I would have liked Memo, as I would rather spend time with my thousands of books than with other people, too!

Take care of yourself and your mother - you have been a wonderful and devoted son.
Joyce

Re: Guillermo Afaro Martinez "Memo" 1942-2008

Dear Amilicar,

I'm sorry for your great loss.  I'm glad that you and your family had this time together.

Take care,

G

Re: Guillermo Afaro Martinez "Memo" 1942-2008

Amilicar - sorry to hear of your fathers passing, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts.
Colleen

Re: Guillermo Afaro Martinez "Memo" 1942-2008

I am sorry to read of this news. Thinking of you and your family. I know the good memories will get you though. As an only child as myself, its quite challenging.  But we have a family also in the cc org to help us carry on.

celoi- Charlene

Re: Guillermo Afaro Martinez "Memo" 1942-2008

Amilcar,

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear father.  He sounds like a wonderful man... what a legacy he left his family, both in memories and books :)  I hope that in time your wonderful remembrances of him will comfort you and that you will be able to shift your focus on his life moreso than on his leaving.

Wishing you peace of heart and spirit,
Missing U