Albert Tinoco, Sr., was a loved man

Tinoco family felt the support of community

When the Tinoco family lost their father Albert Tinoco, Sr., they knew it was going to be hard for the entire family emotionally. What they had to work around was a limit of 10 people who could attend the funeral mass.


We’re all seeing the impact of the coronavirus in one way or another, and for many families you don’t know when and how it’s going to impact yours. Just this week, we are seeing more jobs lost, more shutdowns of area businesses in the metro and families that are close knit having to visit by phone or on the Internet. Needless to say it’s getting harder to keeping the family bond together.

For one area family it was a lost of their beloved father Albert (Tic-Toc) Tinoco, Sr., who passed away last week on March 19. Rosie Tinoco, his daughter, told Hispanic News her dad and family had talked for the past few years about what he wanted for his funeral services. Knowing he was up in age (86) the family members wanted to honor his wishes. But it was not meant to be due to COVID-19 and the restrictions prohibiting gatherings of more than 1o people no matter what the situation. These are the restrictions from both the city and state of Missouri.

This past Monday, only Albert’s children and a few other family members could attend his funeral mass at Sacred Heart Guadalupe Church in the KC Westside neighborhood. One of Albert’s nieces posted a Facebook video outside of the church telling those who were following her post how sad this was to witness no cars around the church and very few people. She said, “If it was not for the COVID-19 there would have been hundreds of cars and hundreds of people attending her uncle Albert Tinoco, Sr., visitation and mass.” Rosie pointed out, “It was very difficult for me and for my siblings to have to tell our children and grandchildren that they could not attend their grandfather’s funeral services knowing it was going to hurt their feeling and not being able to say their final goodbyes. It was a full mass for him with Father Luis Felipe Suarez, altar boy and a staffer Ramona Arroyo who did the readings.

Rosie said she felt a sense of emptiness. “We felt so bad because my dad told us what he wanted for his services. I want this and I want that… he wanted my brother David to sing at the mass… he wanted a celebration of his life and he wanted all of his family friends along with his baseball player’s friends there because he was always at the Latino baseball tournaments. We could not fulfill all of his wishes.”

Rosie said the other part of the emptiness was not having the support of family because we are taught we come to support those who are left behind. “My kids couldn’t be here with me and my kids were hurt. My son said to me Mama I’m sorry. I told him there was nothing that could have been done… it was a maximum of 10 people in the church. I’m not angry… it is what it is because of what is going on with the virus. But I think I would have been angry if we couldn’t have had the mass for my dad. My family and I appreciate all the love, all the support and all the condolence messages with their kind words we received from all our families and friends. I want to thank them all… I wished they could of join us in the celebration of the mass.”

We as a family understand the seriousness of this virus.” Rosie added that the Tinoco family will have a celebration of her dad ‘s life once the virus crisis is over in the coming months.

Albert Sr., was loved by so many of his immediate family, grandchildren, great-grand children, friends and neighbors. Rosie added, “My children’s friends would call him their grandpa. He was grandpa and a friend to everyone.”