José Antonio Ruiz passed away peaceful after a short illness on March 15, 2024, in Victoria. He was born on August 30, 1945, in Mexico City, Mexico as Jose Antonio Ruiz Alvarez.

He was predeceased by his wife Elsie Malone and his brother, Julio Garcia Arguelles.

He is survived by his sisters Magdalena Ruiz Hoyer and Martha Patricia Ruiz Rivera; nieces, Isabel Ruiz Appleyard (David), Angela Rosa Hoyer, Marta Valentina Dominguez, and nephew Julio Garcia Arguelles.

The Ruiz Álvarez family is saddened by the departure of our beloved José Antonio Ruiz Álvarez born in 1945 in Mexico and immigrated to Canada in the 1990’s. He was known for his charming personality, free spirit, travels, architecture, and more recently a student at the University of Victoria. A Father figure to Isabel his niece, who will always treasure his values and beliefs.

José Antonio was a great human being, and active in many seniors’ groups in Victoria. He was always willing to listen to others and offer his unconditional support. Family and friends said goodbye to him with the same affection and love that he always gave us. He will be lovingly remembered by so many. Antonio, you will always be in our hearts.

At this time no formal service is planned but a small celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Dianna Lucas

    Antonio, my dearest friend I held you in my arms till the very end. I Love you

  • Kumiko Forsyth

    My deep condolences to all of Antonio’s family members and friends. I met him through my Buddhist group, SGI. He was indeed such a kind and gentle person. I will keep chanting for him.

  • Sari Alesh

    It’s a great sadness to hear about Antonio’s passing. My condolences to the family for this loss. He was a great man and friend, and he will be always remembered. May your soul rest in peace Antonio.

  • Deborah Nicol

    Antonio was introduced to me by another friend of mine. He came over to our home many times over the years and it was always so lovely to see him.
    Antonio had many interests including philosophy and religion. We enjoyed these visits as he studied and shared his thoughts on Nichiren Buddhism.
    He was a tall, respectful gentle man, always calm and caring and thankful to everyone he met. I feel very sad to hear of his passing but grateful that he is no longer in pain. My heart goes out to his sister Magdalena in her grief. He spoke of you fondly.
    I will keep you both in my prayers

  • nicholas kenrick

    My friend. My amigo .. you will always smile for the people you loved

  • Magdalena Ruiz Hoyer

    Querido Hermano, no te olvidare!Caminamos juntos este estrecho de la vida, aqui y alla, donde nuestros padres,y en esa tierra maravillosa que Dios nos dio.
    Tantos recuerdos, reimos y compartimos.
    Tu carino y tu apoyo siempre me guio. Amaste y cuidaste a mis hijascomo nadie.
    Que Dios te guarde y bendiga y te de Paz

  • Nicole Picard

    As I got to know Antonio as a person I found him bringing joy and laughter to a room. He always had a good sense of humor. There was a real calmnest and peace about him, very laid back as they say, one of the things which I enjoyed very mulch about him . He will be missed and i will carry him in my heart as I go through my own journey.❤ All my condolences goes to his family and friendsMay peace go with you all. Amen.

  • Patricia

    Descansa en paz querido hermano, extrañaremos tu presencia.
    Pero siempre estarás en nuestros corazones.
    Sabemos que estás con Dios y ahora serás un angelito que nos cuidara.
    Mientras no te olvidemos estarás presente en nuestra vida siempre.
    Te queremos mucho ❤️

  • valentina dominguez

    Las conversaciones que tuvimos quedarán en mis recuerdos, agradezco haberte conocido, y ahora que no estás te mandamos mucha luz, fuerza a la familia y mucho amor

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