Jose Ricardo Cantu

March 15, 1972 - July 23, 2022
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Jose Ricardo Cantu 50, entered into eternal rest on July 23, 2022. 

“Rick,” as he was known to friends and family, was born on March 15, 1972 in Laredo, Texas.

A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at San Martin De Porres Catholic Church at 9:30 am.  Inurnment will follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Everyone is encouraged to meet at church.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Rosario Cisneros and Rene Cantu. 

Left to cherish his memory are his children Rebecca Marie (Caleb) Garcia and Jose Ricardo Cantu, Jr.; grandchildren, Caleb Isaiah Garcia and Leia Garcia; siblings, Carolina Cantu, Rene (Carmela) Cantu and Corina (Rourke) Melendez; nephews and nieces; Jonathan Melendez, Christopher Melendez, Alejandro Sanchez, Andres Sanchez, Adriana Ariel Sanchez, Tristan Rourke Melendez, Lauren Amanda Melendez, Luca Rene Cantu and Jet Lorenzo Cantu.

Although Rick left this world much too soon, those whose lives he touched were greatly impacted. His love of family, especially his children and grandchildren, was infinite. Rick was happiest when he was around family, doting on his grandchildren, spoiling his dog Buddy, cooking for everyone, and watching a basketball game. 

He was an extremely hard-working business owner, who took pride in his work and passed along his work ethic to his children.

Rick was a kind and gentle soul who loved deeply. He was loved by many and will forever be missed.  

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at

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Service Schedule

Service Information

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022

Time: 9:30 am

San Martin de Porres Catholic Church


1704 N. Sandman
Laredo, Texas 78041

Memorial Mass at 9:30 am

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022

Time: 10:30 am

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: March 15, 1972
January 20, 2022
November 2, 2000
Thanksgiving Day 2000, Laredo, TX
Thanksgiving Day 2000, Laredo, TX
Died: July 23, 2022

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Nacho posted on 7/27/22

I was truly shocked when I learned of Rick's passing. Rick was the most genuine, generous, and caring person I've ever met. Always ready to lend a hand and always in a good happy mood even when he was going through personal issues. Brother, may you REST IN PEACE. My condolences to the Cantu Family!


Hector Perales Jr. posted on 7/27/22

Still can't believe he is gone. He was a great person and always happy go lucky. Had great memories of him and will always keep him in my prayers. Every time I saw was like we shared memories. May you rest 9n peace and may you guide those you loved...RIP Rick!!


Diana Alicia Uribe posted on 7/27/22

Ricky was such a gentle soul. I had the pleasure of working with him at TMC. His beautiful smile woul help me kickstart my day. My sincere condolences to all the family. May he rest in eternal peace.


Maria Zamudio posted on 7/27/22

Rick, I will always remember you as a great father and grandpa. A truly grrst friend and sweet soul. I will truly miss you and our long talks. Remember, I always told you I felt like I knew you in a passed life and we would laugh, lol. See ya, in our next life. Love you always


Raul Garcia posted on 7/27/22

One of the nicest guys I've ever met, I used to work for a bank for which he was a customer, He would always walk in with a smile, and a great attitude, He always would compliment the staff. Always willing to give an advice, overall a great person and really hard working, He will be truly missed.


Familia Quiroga Larralde posted on 7/27/22

Nuestro más sentido pésame para toda la familia Cantu. Están en nuestras oraciones. Que Dios les de la paz, el consuelo y la fuerza en este momento tan difíciles.


Diego posted on 7/27/22

My deepest and most sincere condolences to all family and friends. Jose Ricardo Cantu (a.k.a. Poppa Rick) always carried a smile on his face no matter the trials he went through. Poppa Rick was the life of any party, he always made everyone laugh with his comments on how the Cowboys were going to win the superbowl every year before the season began or how Tony Romo was the greatest QB of all time. His love for Metal opened up my eyes to the beauty of the music genre. But of all these things nothing was more beautiful than the love Poppa Rick had for his son Lil Rick. Everytime they spoke to each other, one could always see and hear the respect and love they had for one another. And there was never a day I was over to their house that I wouldn't hear Poppa Rick look at Lil Rick and say "I love you, son," and lil Rick, without hesitation, would look back and say "I love you too, dad"


Regina's Flower Shop posted on 7/27/22

In memory of Jose Ricardo Cantu, Regina's Flower Shop lit a candle


Ricardo Vega posted on 7/26/22

On behalf of Ricky Vega and Family, we would like to extend our most sincere condolences to his family, friends, and Loved ones. May God grant you peace and comfort ?. Rick, may you be resting in eternal peace ?️ my friend.


Carmela Rodriguez posted on 7/26/22

You can judge the quality and character of someone by how they treat children. Rick was at his best around kids. Honestly caring, truly loving, genuinely engaged, and just so funny and joyful. You had a big heart. You will be missed and I will cherish my memories of you. May you be at well-deserved peace.


Jesus Vela posted on 7/26/22

Meet Ricky at Buenos Aires and were classmates through the years at Memorial and Nixon. During our younger days, Used to play basketball or football; usually by chance when we got together with friends. Loved to play drums on school desk. Lol My condolences to family and friends. Ricky, rest easy carnal. peace and love.


Irma Alonzo posted on 7/26/22

My condolences to the family. What can I say Rick was a great man with a huge heart. He will be missed. May he RIP


Cesar Vasquez posted on 7/26/22

Ricky, Rest in peace my fellow Warrior. If it wasn't for Little League, we may not have met. Always enjoyed our conversations from sports to music. May God Bless you and your family.


Rosaura Copeland (previously García) posted on 7/26/22

I met Ricky back in 1995-96 when I worked at CCMS at the old airport building in Laredo. I hired Ricky to clean our offices, and would see him in the evenings whenever I’d work a bit late. He was very down to earth, and such a good conversationalist. We’d chat while he worked. He was always smiling, always in a good mood, and everyone in the office liked him. Ricky was the type of person you don’t forget. I am glad God put him in my path.


Delia Benitez posted on 7/26/22

I will love you and miss you forever my friend. THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS BEING YOU ??❤️❤️????? how I wish you were still here.. I will forever cherish your sweet loving words and you sensitive beautiful heart, Your good morning your daily blessings.Thank you for allowing me in your closed circle by sharing your friendship with me. I will never forget you. Till we meet again in heaven my sweet angel on earth ?


Edna Cisneros Valdez posted on 7/25/22

My condolences to the Cantu Family. He was a good man, always respectful. He will be missed by many. Rest In Peace my friend. ?


LAWRENCE BRUNI posted on 7/25/22

Prayers and blessing to friends and family. Rest in peace.


Dr. Mary Alice Reyes posted on 7/25/22

My most sincere condolences to the Cantu family on your loss.


Zulema S. Valle posted on 7/25/22

Our most sincere condolences to the entire family - May He Rest in Peace by his Mom's side. ? -Sanchez Management Corp and Employees


Toni (Cisneros) Benavides posted on 7/25/22

To the Cantu Family, Your dear beloved mother Rosario was my half sister. Our most deepest condolences and prayers during this difficult time of grieving. May the perpetual light shine upon and Rest In Peace Ricky . ?? From: Your Aunt Toni (Cisneros) Benavides snd my husband Ismael Benavides. Cypress, Tx


Adriana Santa Cuz posted on 7/25/22

My deepest condolences to his family. May he rest in eternal Peace with our Lord and Savior. RIP Ricky.


Martin Martinez posted on 7/25/22

I remember Ricky with his uplifting character. I used to go work on the Xerox printer when he worked at the Texas Migrant offices on Mcpherson Rd. He would always ask about how your day was going and would offer you water or a cup of coffee. Always a positive attitude. Ricky May You Rest In Peace Brother.


Selina augillard posted on 7/25/22

My deepest condolences. May he Rest In Peace. ✝️?✝️


Monique Lopez posted on 7/25/22

He was a great man & he will be greatly missed ? condolences to all his beautiful family prayers ?


Mario Vasquez posted on 7/24/22

Our most sincere condolences to you and your family may our good friend Ricky rest in eternal peace ?


Belinda Herrera posted on 7/24/22

My deepest condolences to the family. He was a very good man and freind. May he rest in peace


Laura Lara posted on 7/24/22

My amazing friend. I still cannot believe you’re gone ? You will be greatly missed ? May you Rest In Paradise???


MOlguin posted on 7/24/22

Had the pleasure of working with him at TMC, he always had a warm greeting and a smile. So sorry for your loss, my condolences. ?


Alfonso Aguilar posted on 7/24/22

Gracias por tu amistad y tu apoyo! Que dios te bendiga amigo. - Alfonso Aguilar y Ruth Aguilar y hijos o no


Raquel Kelly Meza posted on 7/24/22

My deepest condolences to the Cantu family. Rick was a kind soul. I had the pleasure of working with him at TMC. He will be sincerely missed by many.


Margie Rosas posted on 7/24/22

My condolences to the family of Rick and all the lives that he has touched. Regardless of not having the privilege of meeting him, he still remained a special part of my family and touched our lives as well. He was a kind man, caring and compassionate. Grateful for the extent I have known him. May God bless him always.


Claudia posted on 7/24/22

Family, My sincere condolences and may God give you the strength and acceptance through this hard moment. . I met Ricky at TMC. He was always positive, smiling, and was very proud of his children. He was a great friend, he will be missed tremendously.


Marco Jalomo posted on 7/24/22

I was devastated to hear about Ricky's passing. Ricky was my childhood best friend and we would always ride our bikes, play football in the street or basketball at St. Augustine. My condolences to the entire Cantu family.


Guillermo delarosa posted on 7/24/22

Our deepest condolences to the family. May God give you peace and comfort. Rick was a great man, we had the pleasure of meeting him in high school . Always very respectful and hardworking. Always helping others . RIP Rick. Guillermo and Diedra delarosa


Rosita Bribiesca posted on 7/24/22

My sincerest sympathy to his children, his sisters and brother and many nieces and nephews. He will always be remembered as a kind and loving young man. I was proud to call him my nephew and will always have fond memories of the times we shared. May he rest from the troubles of this world. Sincerely, your aunt Rosie, uncle Ruben and cousins Pete, Mark and Sarah.


Alejandra Garza posted on 7/23/22

My dearest Ricky, I love you with all my heart. I will always cherish all the memories we shared together. All the goods times we had with Buddy. Like you once said, "our memories will always be engraved in us." I will always love you and miss you dearly. Rest in Eternal Peace my friend. Love Ale