Paul Fernandez

The Life of Paul Victor Fernandez 04/28/1943 – 01/15/2021 Paul Victor Fernandez passed away on January 15, 2021 in Fontana, CA. Both Paul and his wife of 40 years, Diane had been soul mates ever since they met dancing on February 25, 1978. Diane always said he swept her literally off her feet and they fell instantly in love. Paul’s young life was spent growing up in Redlands, CA where he and his brother Larry Fernandez had a great life enjoying sports and a close community atmosphere. Paul attended Redlands High School and was a tight end -No 83- for the team’s championship the year he graduated 1961. He and Larry would often spend long hours recalling their adventures in Redlands in community events and especially school days. Most of the time the topic was football. After high school, a couple of years later Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict. Fortunately, he was trained in missiles and eventually was sent to Korea for about a year and a half. After his service time, he came back home and married. He and his wife had two daughters-Michelle Jeannette and later Tracy Zamora. When the marriage ended several years later, Paul continued working in repair and maintenance in various industries. After he and Diane married in 1981 in Santa Barbara, CA they enjoyed the beauty of the area and studied photography while there for three years. They returned to the Inland Empire and a few years later Paul started his own successful business as Victor’s Home Repair. The business thrived from 1988 until the housing crash beginning in 2007. After his retirement, he and Diane traveled and enjoyed a well deserved quiet life. He even took golf lessons and had the patience to teach Diane how to play. Paul and Diane often volunteered to visit the sick and shut-ins through the Catholic church they attended. He always took the lead as to answering the call to help out including visiting Juvenile Hall in San Bernardino for five years with Sr Nathy McGettrick, a sister of Charity. Paul was always upbeat and generous with people he knew and a lot of people he didn’t know. He would go up to anyone in a store, restaurant, park, etc and ask “How many days of the week begin with the letter “T”? When the other person usually answered “Two” he’d smile and say “It’s actually 4-Today and Tomorrow.” He instantly had made a new friend. He had a very nice singing voice and both he and Diane became members of the Nostalgia Singers of Fontana. The family of other singers in the group became very dear to them and are still very close to them. It’s all about love. Paul is survived by his loving wife Diane, his two daughters Michelle and Tracy from his first marriage, Diane’s two daughters-Suzanne Ellis and Shelley Bartlett, brother Larry Fernandez, (his wife-Gayle and daughters Lynsey and Jessica), nephews Dean and Chris Fernandez, 17 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He was a great man.

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