Pascual Navarro, whom many of his friends knew as “Manny”, was called home to be with the Lord on October 8, 2020. He was 88 years old. He is survived by his daughter Carolyn Navarro Toscano, (son-in-law) Frank Toscano, (grandchildren) Frankie and Paloma, (brother) Everardo Navarro, and (sister) Esther Navarro, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his mother Benita Gonzalez, and (brothers), Luis, Raul, Jose, and Miguel.
Pascual was born in Poncitlán, Jalisco, Mexico. He was the second of seven children. He had very humble beginnings and made his mark in life by working hard to become a professional soccer player. He saw this as his ticket to a better life. He played in Tampico and even made it to Mexico’s “Atlas” team, which was one of his proudest accomplishments. Soccer led him to where he would eventually settle in the US. He first settled in San Francisco, California in the early 1960’s. There he started his career first as a Warehouseman, ILWU Local 6. He then moved on to become a Longshoreman, ILWU Local 10, where he spent roughly 16 years as a member. But the lack of work opportunities in the industry in San Francisco led him to move to the busier port of LA/Long Beach. He transferred to ILWU Local 13 and was a member there for another 20 years before finally retiring in 1999, after some 36 years with ILWU. Southern CA, in Hawaiian Gardens, is where he ultimately settled until his passing.
Pascual or “Manny” was an unforgettable character who had a charismatic smile that he used with his gift of gab. His love of soccer, art, photography, and ballroom dancing brought him so much joy. He spent many years traveling with his friends from dance studios, seeing the world, and entering various ballroom dance competitions. He really lived life to the fullest. With his love of photography, he was able to capture so many of his great adventures and really treasured them. His memory will live on through the lasting impressions he left on everyone he knew.
We are having services to honor Pascual’s life. However, we are very understanding of these unprecedented times. Please know that our family is very appreciative of the outpouring of love and support. We know during these times that attending the services might not be an option for many. We are having the Mass live streamed so that those who are unable to attend will be able to watch at home.