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Rafael Ornelas Alvarez

September 25, 1960 — March 29, 2021

DURHAM- Mr. Rafael Ornelas Alvarez, 60, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Duke Hospital.

Born September 25, 1960 in Tizapan del Alto Jalisco, Mexico. He married Angelica Hernandez Leon on September 11, 2000 and raised three children as his own and had four grandchildren, who loved him very much. He worked as a mechanic most of his life, that was one of his passions to work on cars, especially on classic vehicles. He enjoyed fishing and his favorite place to fish was Falls Lake. Rafael liked watching black and white movies and he loved Classic Rock. His wife, Angelica, children, Rocio, Ernesto, Sandra, and grandchildren, Destiny, Leilany, Diana, Michael, love him and will miss him so much.

Mr. Alvarez is preceded in death by his brother, Jose Ornelas Alvarez, and sister, Maria de la Cruz Ornelas Alvarez.Mr. Alvarez is survived by his wife, Angelica; son, Ernesto Alejandro Escamilla Hernandez; daughters, Rocio Nealis , Sandra Alejandra  Escamilla Hernandez; grandchildren, Destiny , Leilany , Diana , Michael; brothers, Jesus Ornelas Alvarez; and sisters Maria Isabel Ornelas Alvarez, Martha Ornelas Alvarez, Rosa Ornelas Alvarez, Consuelo Ornelas Alvarez, Eloisa Maribel Angiano Alvarez, Maria Guadalupe Anguiano Alvarez.

A private service will be held.

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