Alejandro “Alex” Gallardo, 54, loving husband, father, son, brother, son in law, brother in law, and friend left this earth suddenly and very unexpectedly. Our entire family and friends are heartbroken and in disbelief. Alex was born to Bertha Gallardo, a single mother on July 8, 1965 in Los Angeles, CA. Alex and his mom were on their own in his early years. He used to talk a lot about how it was him and her and that she worked 2 and 3 jobs just to make sure he had everything he needed. She was fortunate to find a neighbor to care for him who became his second mother. Mama Lelia took him into her family as her own and he instantly had several brothers and sisters. They would include him on everything they did. When he was 8 years old she met Ted. “Alex told us how Ted asked Alex if he could marry Bertha and he said “yes, BUT you better not hurt my mom! That ended up being the best thing that ever happened to them. Ted married Bertha and instantly took Alex in and raised him as his son. They moved from City Terrace to La Puente and then later had 2 children of their own. Alex was the big brother and was always consulted by his dad anytime there was a family issue. Alex made some of the best friends of his life in that neighborhood. After high school he enlisted in the US Navy as a Seabee and went off to boot camp. It is there he became a certified Electrician. In 1986 he met Susie, who although he did not know at the time would become the love of his life and the mother of his children. Her family immediately received him with open arms. He was unexpectedly called to active duty during Desert Storm and this put a rush on the wedding plans. They flew to Vegas and were married on Sept. 18, 1990. Their first son AJ was 7 months old at the time. Alex always talked about the hardest part about being away from his family was that he returned his son did not recognize him. Two years later his son Adriel aka Mido was born. His family became his #1 priority and he worked to provide a loving, secure home in La Habra. He couldn’t wait for them to be old enough to play sports and that’s when his second life began. If you asked anyone Alex was always at a baseball or football game. It’s there we met our extended families. He was so proud of his boys and taught them how to become men. He later moved his family to Ventura for work and a whole new meeting of families began. His personality and heart was larger than life and he left a lasting impression on everyone he crossed paths with. Alex will always be remembered for his love of his family, dedication to work, coaching, dancing, socializing, joking, vacationing and everything in between. Alex was the definition of a gentleman, hard worker, family man to the core and a true friend. He is irreplaceable and will be deeply missed by all. Alex is survived by his wife Susie of 29 years, his son A.J(Alejandro Jr) and his girlfriend Courtney, his son MIdo(Adriel), his father Ted, his brother TJ and numerous extended family members. He was a father figure to many nieces, nephews, and friends. We will continue his legacy and hold his memories dear to our hearts. This is not a goodbye it’s I’ll see ya later Big Poppa!!
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