Today we gather to remember and honor the life of Ricardo Marmol. Ricardo was born on April 29, 1932 in San Salvador, a place he held dear to his heart throughout his entire life. His love for his homeland and its vibrant culture knew no bounds. Ricardo's journey brought him to Los Angeles, where he resided for over three decades. He had dreams of returning to the home he had personally built with his own hands in El Salvador, but the perils of the civil war prevented this longing from manifesting. Yet, his spirit remained tied to the cherished memories and beauty of his native land.
Although Ricardo never married, he found companionship and joy in the presence of Rosa Peraza, who shared in the journey of his life. Alongside Rosa, Ricardo leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion. He is survived by five daughters, three stepdaughters, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were a constant source of pride and happiness for him.
Ricardo was a man who found contentment in life's simple pleasures. He relished family time on Sundays, savoring the blissful moments of togetherness. Pedro Infante’s music filled the room as he carefully shaved each morning, finding solace in its familiar tunes. With a cup of coffee and sweet bread in hand, Ricardo would leisurely read the newspaper – a daily routine that brought him comfort and nourishment for both body and mind. And when it came to soccer matches, there was an undeniable sparkle in Ricardo's eyes as he immersed himself in the thrill of the game.
But beyond these moments of tranquility, Ricardo possessed an unyielding spirit, bold personality, and unwavering discipline toward his daughters. Though stoic in appearance, he showered his grandchildren with boundless affection and attention. Engaging them in heartfelt conversations that spanned generations, Ricardo reveled in their company. He delighted especially in cooking traditional Salvadoran breakfasts for his "Chelitos," creating cherished memories that will forever remain etched upon their hearts.
Ricardo Marmol may no longer be physically present, but his presence will forever endure in the memories and hearts of all who knew him. Today, as we bid him farewell, let us celebrate the remarkable life he led – a life filled with love, resilience, and an unbreakable spirit. May his legacy continue to weave its tapestry of warmth and inspiration through the lives of those he touched.
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