November 22, 1943 ~ July 18, 2020

Born in: Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico
Resided in: Pueblo West, Colorado

Ernesto Torres left this life in the afternoon of Saturday, July 18th, 2020, in his home, as was his wish, at the age of 76. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his adoring wife, Michele; daughter, Carly; sons, Joe and Jacob; by his sister, Jennie (Fred) Murray-Martinez; and sister-in-law, Sally Torrez. He lives in the cherished memory of his wife’s sisters and husbands along with countless nieces, nephews, care givers and loved ones. He is preceded in death by his mother, Paula Guerrero Torres and father, Espididion Torres; by his brothers, Jose (who died as an infant), Lalo, Lupe and Miguel; and cherished sister, Jesusita Atilano, who we believed help guide him home to heaven.

Ernesto was born in the fall of 1943 in the heart of Mexico in Leon, Guanajuato to Paula and her husband Esperidion, the youngest of 7 children. At a very young age, he and his family immigrated to Pueblo, Colorado where he grew up and graduated from Central High School.
A dedicated and hard-working man, he briefly served in the National Guard, and then worked at Pueblo’s steel mill, finally retiring from Trane Company-Ingersoll Rand. During the working period of his life he began his true life’s work: dedicating his support and commitment -financially, emotionally, and spiritually -to his family and loved ones. Ernesto cared for and lived with his mother until her death, was a beloved and caring uncle to scores of nephews and nieces, and continued to travel to and to support family in Mexico as well as all those who came across his path.
After meeting his wife and the birth of their children, the full measure of his devotion and love was always felt by Michele, Carly, Joe, and Jacob. He was a devout and faithful man who filled our lives with prayer, music, and strength. He lived and died with unapologetic courage and passion.

The world will never know his like again and has been made better by his life.
The true breadth of his wisdom and reach of his kindness may never truly be known but it will always resonate. He could find a song to sing for any moment or any occasion. He was devoted to his children even while tirelessly working overtime and graveyard shifts. He always had change in his pocket to give to someone in need, and taught us all that despite what we may have in our hands we will always have enough with faith. He taught us that true abundance lives in the heart if we are lead by the Spirit.

Service will be held on Monday, July 27th, 2020, 10 a.m. at Montgomery & Steward Funeral Home Chapel. A live stream of the service will be available on this website beginning at 10 a.m. as well. Space will be limited in the chapel due to social distancing protocol but overflow space will be available on site. Please stay safe and well and know his family understands if you do not feel you can safely attend. His earthly remains will be laid to rest at Roselawn Cemetery.

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Funeral Service: July 27, 2020 10:00 am

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003

719-542-1552
http://www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. My mother and I met Ernesto at Innovage during lunch. He was such a nice man. Always tried to communicate with us. We also ran into Ernesto at the Cathedral for mass and he’d recognize us with a beautiful smile! God bless the family!

  2. Torrez Family – You are in my thoughts and prayers today. I Had the opportunity to work with Ernie at Trane. He inspired me in many ways. I was a young man and went to school while working graveyard for seven years. Bernie would often encourage me to learn as much as I can and to do as much as I can with my life. I will always remember the beautiful baritone voice That he had. We would often sing a song to keep us going in the middle of the night. May he rest in peace forever. ~ Joven

  3. CandleImageTorress family,
    I hope that you find healing and peace in this somber time.
    All my memories of “Uncle Joe” include his kind smile and his unforgettable laugh. Rest In Peace and blessing to all!

  4. Ernie was such a fun cousin. We always would stop to visit with the family often. Auntie Paula always had such good food, warm tortillas, n fun conversation. Ernie was a member the Central High State Football team n we were so proud of his accomplishments. He could sing all of Javier Solis’ songs n he sounded just like him. My brother Tom n I still remember all our fun times we shared. RIP dear cousin Ernie!

  5. Jennie, we are sorry to hear about your brother. There is no denying the resemblance in his eyes that you are related. Take care, Ted and Cathy Ortega

  6. To the Torres Family:
    I only got to know Ernesto and your family for a short time. I enjoyed picking Ernesto up and bringing him home. I would say 98% of the time when I would greet him he always said hi and when asked if he was ready to go home the answer was always YES! I could tell he couldn’t wait to get home to his loving family. I want to share something with you all. I will never forget the first time I heard Ernesto laugh at me. I got the biggest kick out of it. It was a windy night as most nights are out in pueblo west. I covered him with his Blanket that he always had and told him after getting it all tucked in that the wind was probably going to blow it off, and sure enough it did, he just started laughing, he got the biggest kick out of it and so did I. May God Bless you all and give you the strength you need to get through this difficult time. Rest in peace Ernesto Your friend Rick/SRDA driver.

  7. I remember Uncle Joe showing up at grandma’s house in his cool yellow Mustang with…a pizza from Ianne’s!
    I was maybe eight and it was one of my first experiences with “American” food.
    Looking back, the moment was of far greater consequence than I thought at the time. Uncle Joe seemed to understand that as members of two cultures, we would never live in isolation from either and should be open to exploring.
    By the way, pizza topped with a little homemade salsa–became a family favorite. Out of curiosity I googled Mexican pizza and got 426,000,000 results!! Half a century ago, Uncle Joe was onto something.

    • “Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto
      Me ha dado la risa y me ha dado el llanto
      Así yo distingo dicha de quebranto,
      Los dos materiales que forman mi canto,
      Y el canto de ustedes que es mi mismo canto,
      Y el canto de todos que es mi propio canto
      Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto…”

      Querido Tio, Descanse en Paz y en Poder.

  8. Whenever our family walked into the Torres household after an epic 18 hour trip from Texas to Pueblo, Ernie always privileged me with a greeting of “Comps, Comps!” Judy Collins wrote a song in the 60s and one of the lines is, “Open the door and come on in. I’m so glad to see you my friend.” Such was Ernesto. Rest in the Lord, my brother.

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