Genero R. Bocardo was born in Juarez, Mexico. He was the most senior member of the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Diocese.
He leaves behind his daughters: Vera Theissen, Olivia Bocardo and Mitzi Tjoens his sons; Ignacio, Genaro and Richard Bocardo; and numerous grand and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife: Artemiza Corral Bocardo, daughter Carrie Budd, Son Mark Bocardo, his parents: Genaro Montes Bocardo and Lucia Rodriguez Bocardo; his siblings; Ofelia Munoz, Rafaela Morales, Helen Zapata, Christina Ortega and Guillermo Bocardo.
Genaro graduated from Miami High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He was passionate about the Miami Vandals, the Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona Cardinals.
While he could toodle around, he never missed any type of home game that involved the Vandals. When his grandchildren attended Globe High School he started going to the Globe Tiger Games also.
Genaro loved to talk and describe the history of the Miami-Globe area and its people to anyone nearby him as he saw and lived through his person.
He had worked as a share cropper, and was a jack of all trades for Cleve Van Dyke (Some say he was the founder of Miami.)
He worked for the town of Miami and in 1951 started at the mines. He worked at the Castle Dome Mine, and the Copper Cities mine before finally retiring in 1985 at the Pinto Valley mine as a heavy equipment supervisor.
Genaro and Artemiza became citizens in 1966 and voted in every election up until their deaths. He was active in local politics not as a politician but as an avid verbal agitator in town council meetings. When the situation did not meet his expectations, he was asked to leave a few council meetings. Genaro did not have a mean bone in his body. He is with his wife now and with our Lord, Jesus Christ our Savior. Genaro will be missed.
Services will be on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.
Visitation at 9 a.m. Rosary at 9:30 a.m. Mass at 10 a.m. with the interment to follow at the Mountain Breeze Cemetery in Miami, Arizona.
The family was assisted by Bulman Miles Funeral Services. Visit the online memorial at www.BulmanMiles.com