William “Chico” David Flores of Phoenix passed away peacefully in his sleep at home at the age of 59. William was preceded in death by his father, Ricardo “Richard” Flores, and older brother, Richard “Dick” Flores. He is survived by his mother, Ernestina “Ernie” Flores, and sister, Carol Dries (Charlie) and their children, Betsie, Ellie, Chuck and RC. Also, niece, Trina Flores Van Os (Eric) and their children, Coren and Melody, and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Will, or Chico as he was better known, was bigger than life itself. With his welcoming persona, cheerful disposition and willingness to help family and friends, he was loved by many, especially among the St. Thomas and Camelback High communities. With his distinct thunderous laugh, everyone knew what a big-hearted guy he was! He was loads of fun, a great dancer and loved to play poker and get together with family and friends. He was the best son, brother, uncle, and godfather a family could ever wish for. He was true and loyal to his friends as well. William was particularly devoted to his mother, who at 93 lives in a memory care facility. He would spend his weekend mornings with her, bringing her breakfast and Mexican pig cookies, and donuts for the staff. He would talk to her and just hold her hand, as she did not really converse back. He was sweet that way.
William attended St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School and graduated from Camelback High School ’79, attended Phoenix College and graduated from ITT Technical Institute. William worked for Michael Baker International as a civil engineering designer. He took great pride in his work and put in many long days especially when there was a big deadline.
We are devastated in this loss, but we are triumphant knowing that he is with our Lord Savior Jesus Christ, where there is no sickness, loss, or despair.
Visitation will be Friday, July 17, 2020 from 2-6pm at Whitney Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. To best protect the health of those in attendance, only 20 persons will be allowed in the mortuary at a time. This will be managed by staff at the funeral home. Physical distancing and masks are always required to be worn.
A private funeral mass will be held with a burial at St. Francis Cemetery, Phoenix. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a future date. A link to a recording of the Funeral Mass will be put up on William’s and Carol’s facebook pages, so all can share in the experience.
The family suggests donations to the Banner Dementia/Alzheimer’s Foundation. Condolences and Hugs from Home may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com
Chuck and Traci MacGillivray
We love you Chico. You were there for our engagement, wedding and all of the big celebrations our our lives. You are family… you are loved… you will be missed greatly!
Rest with the lord and know that your presence and smile will be missed! Celebrating you with Jack and cigars our dear friend!!! You are loved! Rest in heaven until we meet again!
So sorry for your loss. Chico was such a big part of your family. He was always at all of your events and parties. He will truly be missed.
Leticia Montez Norman Pintos
Dearest cousins, my deepest condolences to you as I cannot say I had the pleasure of having known my cousin Chico I still feel his loss. Our mothers were sisters and know had mine had a chance she would have made sure we would have met. I want you to know my heart aches with you Tia Ernestina and Cousin Carol and family.
Love your Cousin Letty
Very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope to see everyone at the celebration of life.
So deeply sorry for this tremendous loss. Chico was larger than life, always a smile and warm greeting to everyone. He will be remember so fondly of how he was always the life of the party. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you all so much love.
Hank, Laura and Mack
Chico will be missed
Through the years our family would get together to make wonderful memories to reflect on. Your loss is also our loss. You are and always will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Eva Encinas & family
Carol and Family,
My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
Cynthia Soto Fuchs
Ann McCarville Crawford
Extremely sorry for you loss. As one of his classmates at St. Thomas and Camelback HS I always remember him as such a sweet soul. My sincere condolences to you all. He will be missed.
I’m going to miss you friend much love from the Browne family and Cecily God bless you and yiur family you were a good friend
I had known Will only for a few months at work. He was always energetic, outspoken and always speaks his mind. My deepest condolence to his Family
I extend my deepest sympathies to the Flores family. May the soul of Bill be at peace with our Heavenly Father.
He will surely be missed.
Claudia Bertoldo and Porto Family
We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of our cousin William. The entire family continues to be in our thoughts and our prayers and our prayer is that our Lord Jesus Christ would grant them peace and mercy and strength to endure this loss may He Rest In Peace
Your grief has to be insurmountable. It is not necessary to tell you how much Chico loved his family. For several years I was blessed to be a huge part of the Flores family world. Living the love, sharing the bonds of his most beautiful family. Although our relationship as couple did not survive, our love for one another and our friendship stood the test of time. We still spoke often and went dancing at HBJ’s when we could. My tears will fall until I see Chico again in Heaven. God bless and keep his beautiful soul.
I was shocked and saddened to hear about Chico’s passing. Siblings carry a special bond. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Adrianne (Magna) Moreno
Cousin Will, you were and will always be a bright light. You were genuine and had a heart of gold. You lived life on your terms and I am blessed to have had you in my life. You’ll always be a light in my heart.
You got me addicted to Yellowstone and now I can’t watch it without balling. It hurts to watch, but I have to find out what happens next. Here’s to Sunday nights. Love you!