This tribute is in memory of our wonderful brother, he passed away on October 11th, 2003 after battling with soft tissue sarcoma of the cervical spine. Rene was an ex-marine that served in Vietnam during 67' thru 69'. He was a victim of Agent Orange exposure and his cancer was the result from it.



In loving memory of my brother in law Rene Vergara, who lost his battle to cancer on October 11th, 2003. Rene was a Vietnam Vet Marine that served in Danang from 67'thru 69'. He was 100% service connected for terminal soft tissue sarcoma.

Our brother was an extraordinary man and his passing has left a void in our life. I was fortunate to be by his side the last 3 weeks of his life. Rene had such a will to survive and throughout his fight against this disease I never heard him complain or feel sorry for himself. He was told by several doctors that his prognosis was bleak but he never lost hope....What truly gives me comfort now, is knowing that he is with the Lord and all the suffering and wasting from this horrible disease is finally over. We will miss you terribly, you were so loved by many and you made such a difference in my life, as well as others... If you only knew how many people you have touched Rene!... You were a wonderful father, uncle, brother and also friend.... Your memory will live forever in me, but especially when I see our nation's flag flying because it will remind me of a hero that I once knew, someone that fought for our country and died as a result of his patriotism... You will never be forgotten my dear Chef!

Little I knew that morning,
God was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone,
For part of me went with you,
The day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you,
You are always by our side.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

~Author Unknown~


God looked around his Garden and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
His Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, he knew you were in pain.
And knew that you would never get well on earth again. He saw your path was difficult, he closed you tired eyes,
He whispered to you "Peace be Thine"
and gave you wings to fly. When we saw you sleeping so calm and free of pain,
We would not wish you back to earth to suffer once again. You've left us precious memories,
your love will be our guide,
You live on through your children,
you're always by our side. It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you on the day God call you home.

 author: unknown

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." -Joshua 1:9

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