To my loving Husband of 36 years.It is with great sadness that the family of Horacio Ochoa announce his passing away.
Horacio passed away on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa Ontario after succumbing to his illness.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 36 years, Angela, and his two sons, Alejandro and Juan Carlos.
He will also be dearly missed by his brother Guillermo Ochoa, his children from his first marriage, Jaime Andres, Claudia Patricia, his 3 grandchildren, his extended family and all of those whom he touched with his generous laugh and kind spirit.
Horacio was born in the small town of Santa Fe de Antioquia in Colombia. When he was a year a half, his family moved to Cali in search of opportunities.
He would spent most of his youth here, until he turned 17. The passing of his father prompted his family to move to Medellin for a few years until he decided to move to Bogota behind his younger brother Guillermo, who had been recruited to serve in the military. He would stay in Bogota for 9 years, during this time he studied and worked various jobs. He eventually moved back to Cali, where he learned of some jobs that were being offered in Canada.
Never one to turn down the chance to take on a new adventure, he jumped at the chance to come see Canada first hand.
His initial stay in Canada was brief, and he would soon return to Colombia, but he now returned with the dream of one day returning north.
Back in Medellin, Horacio would soon meet Angela where they fell madly in love.
In 1988, they gave birth to their first son, Alejandro. His dream of returning north would soon be fulfilled when he returned to Ottawa in 1990, but this time with his beautiful wife and son in hand.
A year later, in 1991, Angela and Horacio would welcome their second son, Juan Carlos.
Horacio continued to live happily with his family in Ottawa. He enjoyed staying active and would regularly exercise at home, or partake in walks with his wife.
He was a fan of action movies, of good food, and of great music. He was always known to be playing vallenatos, cumbias, or salsas and filling the home with tropical sounds.
He was a great cook, he dabbled in playing instruments, and was a firm believer in continuously striving to improve himself. He was always reading about a variety of topics, and was always dedicated to improving his English.
He had an incredible memory when it came to global events, and was always able to have political discussions with people from all walks of life.
He was a gifted story teller. He had an incredible knack for retelling some of his life events, no matter how mundane, and adding just enough of his own flair to keep you captivated.
He was always smiling, and he was always making everyone smile. He always had a joke or story to tell, or he would have a funny anecdote to follow any situation. His lighthearted and childlike spirit were magnetic.
And lastly, his selflessness. He was always willing to sacrifice his time and effort for a friend and for his family.
We will be holding a Catholic Mass for Horacio Ochoa to celebrate his life on Wednesday,
April 17, at 12:00 p.m. at La Sagrada Familia Catholic Church, 102 Glenora Street, Ottawa with Reverend
Jorge López presiding over the ceremony.