In Memory

Santana Tony Abrigo VIEW PROFILE


Santana Abrigo July 28, 1041 - April 29, 2018

Santana, better know as Tony of Weslaco, entered th newness of life on April 29, 2018 when our Lord God called him home.  Abrigo went with our Lord peacefully after suffering a catastrophic heart attack, surrounded by family as he held his wife's hand.

He will be most remembered for his great faith, strength, courage, and willingness to serve others.  He will be dearly missed by his family, the commuity of Weslaco, St Pius Catholic  Church, and Fire Departments across the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

Abrigo was born in Encino, TX, raised in Victoria, TX and resided in Weslaco TX since 1964.  Living on a ranch in Victoria, he helped his father, a cowboy, care for the cattle.  He often talked about his duties and adventures riding his most loved horse, Perra, who he rescued and trained bribing her with pears to trust him as she was mistreated by others.

After graduating from Victoria High School, he enlisted in the United States Army and served his country six years.  He was stationed in Germany and was a sergeant.  He joined the Army so he could serve his country, help his brother, Pete, go to college and help support his sister, Rose, her daughter.

When he cam to Weslaco with his brother, Pete Abrigo, Abrigo began working at Weslaco Motors and was a mechanic.  He always was an honest and hard worker.  He was a skilled mechanis, a trade he learned in the military.  He was an expert in repairing cotton combines, tracots, and other heavy machinery.

Abrigo also worked as a bus drive for the Weslaco ISD and was very involved in 4:H, FFA, and the stock shows when his children participated in these activities.

Abrigo will most be remembered as the Weslaco Fire Chief.  Tony Abrigo began his fire service career as a volunteer fire fighter for the City of Weslaco and eventually joined the ranks as a full time firefighter. moving up to fire chief to include the emergency manager.  Tony led the progressive first department for many years ain which he champioined the Fire EMS based service and the specialized rescue and hazmat teams for the department all of which is still in place today.  Because of his continured desire to improve the fire service, he joined several associations to include becoming the President fo the Rio Grande Firefighters and Fire Marshalls Association and was a strong contributor to the Hidalgo County Fire Chief's association.  Abrigo felt that firefighter education and training was extremely important for the fire service.  He was also an active instructor training in serveral regional schools.  His love for the fire service was great and his contributions will definitely be missed.

Abrigo was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church.  He loved our Lord God and had a special devotion to our Blessed Mother.  He exhibited great faith and was very prayerful.  He was involved in difference ministries as his parich which included Altar Society, Cub Scouts, Knights of Columbus and Adoration.  He spent many hours in the Adoration chapel giving thanks and praise to God for the many blessings and miracles tht he and his family received.

Santana (Tony) Abrigo is proceeded in death by his parents: Tomas and Francisca Ramirez Abrigo, sister, Teresa, and brothers, Pete(Terry) and Thomas (Margie) Abrigo.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Raquel Correa Abrigo, and his children, Velma Marie Abrigo, Vincent (Kimberyly) Abrigo and Veronica (Carmen) Abrio.  He had one granddaughter, Kiran Isabella, daughter to Vince.  Abrigo loved his granddaughter immensely saying she was his greatest gift calling her his "Perfedt, Perfect Baby".  Abrigo also had honoray sons, Robert (Samantha) Mumford and Peter Herrera as he always referred to thim a his sons.  Abrigo is survived by his siblings, Rosa Abrigo, Frances (Johhny) Montalvo, Sallly Abrigo, Dr. Roario (Slyass), Taimouri and Maria (Manuel) Carmona and many nephews and nieces whom he loved.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation for the outpouring fo love, prayer, care and concern from the City of Weslaco, the Weslaco Fire Department, McAllen Fire Department as well as the Fire Departments across the Valley, the Lower Rio Grande Fire Association, American Legion, the community of St. Pius X Catholic Church and the many loving family and friends.

Abrigo was an extraordinary man.  We were blessed to have him in our lives and we pray that he is now resting in peace in the loving embrace of our Lord and Blessed Mother.

Services provided by:  McCaleb Funeral Home, 900 West St., Weslaco, TX

Service was Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Posted by : Joye Oliver Tripson, May 2, 2018

McCaleb Funeral Home, 900 West Street, Weslaco, TX

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