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Fred Gary Cantu, Jr.

August 3, 1943 - May 27, 2021

Fred Gary Cantu, Jr. of Garland, Texas passed away on May 27, 2021 at the age of 77. He was born on August 3, 1943 to Fred Gary and Tommie Dorothy (Nanez) Cantu in Dallas, Texas. Fred grew up in Dallas and graduated from Kimball High School in 1961. He married Mary Ruth Cavasoz on February 21, 1965 in Dallas, Texas. Fred worked for Bradford Management for over 40 years until he retired in 2007. He had a passion for baseball; but what brought him the most joy was spending time with his family.

Fred is survived by his daughter, Sylvia Smith and husband, Paul of Garland, Texas; grandson, Ernesto Alfredo Longoria of Garland, Texas; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Cantu; son, Alfredo Anthony Cantu; and brother, Richard Joe Cantu.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013. The family will receive friends and family for a visitation on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Inurnment will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 18, 2021 at Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.

The funeral service will also be live streamed on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., at on Fred’s obituary page by clicking on the following link: After the service, the recorded live stream will be available for viewing at the same link location.


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So sorry for your loss. Everyone loved Fred, the life of the party. Jeff and Perla Winn, June 16, 2021 Sylvia Smith and Family.My greatest condolences to you all. May the Lord Jesus keep your hearts in perfect peace, full of the love that a father has for his family. Blessing of love. Carolyn and The Banks Family Carolyn Banks, June 16, 2021 Cousin Freddy I already miss our chats. I’m so happy I talked to you a week before you went to see the lord. As always you were in great spirits and laughing. I remember as a little boy I would go watch you and Richey play ball at Reverchon Park, while you were a magician with your glove at third base and Richey was the king of center field. I was so proud of you guys I let everyone know y’all were my cousins. I love you cousin Philip and Dawn Ramirez, June 15, 2021 Dear Sylvia, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Your dad was such a ray of sunshine anytime I saw him or talked with him. Freddy always had a smile on his face. Heaven gained a beautiful angel. I pray for his eternal peace with your mom and I continue to pray for comfort and strength for your entire family. My deepest condolences, Sylvia (Rodriguez) Cutler Sylvia Cutler, June 14, 2021 Sylvia and Family, I spoke to Cousin Freddy by phone two weeks prior to his death. He was in high spirits and we reminisced about our Nanez Family. Irma delivered the news of Freddy's death to me and it was shocking and bittersweet. Sweet in that he was now free of difficulty and struggle, bitter because he was no longer available to us. In our phone conversation I asked Freddy to send me info on Bg Freddy's Cantu Family because I knew nothing about them. I assume his mother, Tommy, and father met at the old El Fenix Downtown. Tommy worked their and Freddy, Sr. was a musician (starting at the age of 14) in the El Fenix Orchestra and waited tables for Papa Mike Martinez. That is all I know about early Freddy, Sr. Tommy and Freddy you did yourself Proud. Cousin's we need to visit one another from time to time, LIFE is fleeting. Sylvia, Bless You for giving your Father a home and loving him so much, Al Joseph
Al Joseph Martinez, June 9, 2021
Freddy, words of you passing was a total shocker! Freddy, I miss you already! I know God has gained a beautiful angel! Spread your wings my dear cousin! Say hello to our family, especially my parents. Freddy, you will be missed but never forgotten!! Lots of love and prayers! Anita Sanino
Anita Carol Sanino, June 6, 2021 My best buddy the last couple of years... We'll be in prayer for your family... Bud Bud Garrison, June 1, 2021 From the very beginning, I never regarded Fred as my brother-in-law, always as my brother. He was always a great joy to be with. Our last conversation was about heaven, going there to see everyone. In a little while my brother we will be joining you. Pedro Cavasoz , May 29, 2021 I’m so saddened to hear the news about Fred. He was such a special man with a special kindness that is hard to find now days. Our neighborhood hasn’t been the same since he moved. Love & Miss you! Jennifer Kite, May 28, 2021 Fred was a light in this world and he was the sweetest man who had a smile that brightened anyone's day. We loved him so much. He will be missed and will live in our hearts forever and ever. Heaven certainly gained a good man. Eric and Monique Good, May 28, 2021