Robert Bocanegra, 59 passed away peacefully on April 14, 2021. Services will be at Heritage Funeral Home in Harker Heights, TX. Afterwards a Celebration of Life will be at VFW Post 3892 201 VFW Dr. in Harker Heights, TX at 1:00 pm. We welcome all friends, coworkers, and family to join us.
Robert “Booty” Bocanegra was born on June 24, 1961 to Maria Guadalupe Alvarado and Gregorio Bocanegra in Lampasas, Texas. Robert worked as an independent masonry. He met and married his wife Trinie of 30 years and raised their son Jeremiah and daughter Shonna in Harker Heights.
Robert was preceded in death by his father Gregorio Bocanegra and mother Maria Guadalupe Alvarado; brother Gregorio Bocanegra Jr.; sister, Dolores Bocanegra Ramirez; and brother Rudy Bocanegra.
He leaves behind his wife Trinie Gandara, son Jeremiah Gandara and daughter Shonna Jennings, grandchildren Seth Combs, Lestat Rodriguez and Julio Gandara; his brothers; Philip Bocanegra, Andrew Bocanegra, Johnny Bocanegra and sisters; Josephine Bocanegra, Rosa Frances Hernandez, and Rosa Maria Corona and many wonderful nephews and nieces.
Robert was Catholic and loved to see catholic services Sunday mornings on television with his family. He was fond of the Virgin Mary and was gifted a beautiful red rosary from his wife that he cherished and always kept with him. His favorite of all prayers was “Hail Mary”. He was a kind soul with a big heart for family and animals.
Robert was an independent contractor as a masonry. His nephew described him in a recent post as a “hard-working hustling man”, and indeed that was a fact. He liked to work, always on the go from one job site to another. He loved to brag and show off his work. He would invite his family to ride with him to see all the amazing achievements he completed in Harker Heights, Killeen and Fort Hood area. If you were one of the lucky ones; he would pull out his old beat-up and dusty flip phone to show you in the too small window screen, pictures of buildings, brick design walls, and his famous brick mailboxes all over town. We tried so many times to have him upgrade to an android or iPhone, he always refused. He was a simple and humble man, his motto “it works, why do I need another one”. His life was straightforward, and the world was changing fast around him. One of them was GPS. He would argue with GPS, insisting GPS was wrong. He ignored GPS when she said left; he would go right. When GPS would recalculate his destination, he would turn or go straight. After he reached his destination, he would mention GPS took him the long way and GPS should have taken him though town because he knew a short cut. It was a love hate relationship with technology, in the end he did it his way.
So many warm and loving stories have been shared with our family and we thank you for giving us an insight to his life away from home at work. He had his nick names for everyone that crossed his path, making them each special to him. Many have expressed how he took them under his wing and was a father figure showing them traits and the great feeling of working hard and making sure the job was done right. He bargained for contracts, always bidding lower to get the job. After coffee and breakfast with his wife, he put on his work clothes but never leaving without telling his wife, “I love you, call me if you need me”. His love for Trinie and his will to take care of her when she fell ill was always his top priority. Even when she felt ugly, he told her she was beautiful and loved her. He had an amazing life with laughter and his personal touch in all our hearts.
He was a sharp dresser; he took his outward appearance serious. Levi jeans were his favorite. He bought the very best material and comfort was his priority. He loved JC Penny, he loved to shop, and I am sure the stores credit company would have named him, “favorite customer of the year” if there was a title for it.
He could talk you into anything, his debates skills were like no other. Walmart took a loss on jeans once. He went to return and get a refund but was denied. He stayed at the counter and kindly explained he didn’t know he wasn’t supposed to wash them. In his mind he was bringing back clean jeans and since they could not get him to understand the lady completed a refund without a receipt. Sprint decided to part ways with their own cell phone charger for free too. His grandson’s charger had broken and he needed another one. He told Seth, “Come on let’s go get you a charger”. When Seth asked if he had money, Robert said “no but they will give us one”. Robert went to the counter, explained he bought a phone, and it did not come with a second charger incase the first one broke. They could not make him understand that cell phones did not come with two chargers; they threw their hands up and gave him a used charger from the store free. His grandson walked out amazed but shocked that his grandpa set out and kept his word, “They will give us a charger”. Robert loved his grandchildren, he took them swimming, to the park, circus, Lampasas Spring Ho and they cruised listening to Norteno and Tejano music; his favorite were Los Tigres Del Norte and Ramon Ayala. He also loved old Rock and Roll, Metallica “Turn the Page”. He also listened to pop music; Madonna will never know she was loved by him. Cumbias were his favorite to danced too. He loved to twirl his wife and dance all night, enjoying live bands and disco lights being in the presence of his family. His daughter will always have the precious moments of being a little girl with her all too tiny feet on the top of his, dancing with her papa being his little princess.
Wrestling, 48 hours and any True Crime TV was his favorite. It was a past time he and his family enjoyed. He loved wrestling; he always agitated his daughter saying it was real when she’d tell him it was fake. He loved the old-time favorites like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and his all-time best wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage with his raspy voice and black sunglasses with his catch phrase “Ooh, Yeah!”. He watched female wrestling too, loved Sasha Banks with her signature purple hair.
His love for life went beyond, he loved dogs so much. His favorite was “Sugar” a white Labrador who passed suddenly. He showed up at his sister’s house crying and pouring his heart out that his best friend had passed away. He buried her and never forgot her, setting flowers on her grave through the years that came and passed.
The world has lost a great man, a man who wasn’t afraid to cry and let you know his heart. He aggravated you out of love, and now all the times we became mad, and he laughed or whistled, will be the times we wish we had back. Our hearts are heavy with grief, he was different and what he lacked in he made up with love for his family, his love for peace and happiness for us was always important. His smile and laughter were his signature traits and forever be imprinted in all our memories. May we follow his footsteps; “Never give up, and in the end make sure that YOU get the last laugh”. In loving memory Robert Bocanegra.
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