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Cecil Paul Tafoya

November 27, 1941 — May 22, 2024

Cecil, an Albuquerque, NM Native, was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman, and chef, even if it was in just the eyes of his grandchildren. A beloved coach, friend, and, most importantly, a family man. Cecil was married to his high school sweetheart & travel partner, Frances, for nearly 63 years and was the father of two incredible sons, grandfather to three precious grandchildren and blessed to be a great grandfather to two beautiful little girls.

 

A hardworking man, having retired from Sandia Laboratories after 30 years, was well travelled. Cruises with his wife were his most favorite trips. He loved music, always playing guitar and singing, or just listening to the radio. Cecil was also strong in his faith and his beliefs, only matched by his love of his family and his beloved dog, Chika.

 

Cecil is preceded in death by his parents, Paul & Elsie Tafoya. He is survived and remembered dearly by his beloved wife, Frances Tafoya. His son, Steve & wife Vicky of Albuquerque, son Ray & wife Sheila of Aurora, CO. His three grandchildren; Leanne & husband Carlos of Aurora, CO; Jamie of Aurora, CO; Drew & his wife Amber of Aurora, CO; and their two beautiful daughters, Cecils great-granddaughters Harlow & Hazel. Cecil was the eldest of four siblings, survived by his brothers Bill & his wife Carla; Edward & his wife Carol and his sister, Paula Espinosa & all of their children.


A rosary will be recited on Thursday, May 30, 2024 from 10:00 am to 10:30 am. Following the rosary, a mass will be held at 10:30 am at the Shrine of St. Bernadette. A burial will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 2:00pm at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. 
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Rosary

Thursday, May 30, 2024

10:00 - 10:00 am (Mountain time)

The Shrine of Saint Bernadette Catholic Church

11509 Indian School Road Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87112

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Mass

Thursday, May 30, 2024

10:30 - 11:00 am (Mountain time)

The Shrine of Saint Bernadette Catholic Church

11509 Indian School Road Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87112

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Thursday, May 30, 2024

2:00 - 2:45 pm (Mountain time)

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