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Carlos L. Alvarez

Died: Tue., Jun. 11, 2019


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Jun. 16, 2019
9:00 AM to 9:45 AM, Mon., Jun. 17, 2019
Location: Drexel Hill

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Mon., Jun. 17, 2019
Location: St. Dorothy Church

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Carlos L. Alvarez 



Carlos L. Alvarez, died peacefully Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at his home in Bridgeville, DE after a courageous four year battle with cancer.

Carlos will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 55 years Kathleen (nee Mooney), daughter and son-in-law, Lucy and Chris Garvey of Philadelphia, PA, son and daughter-in-law Charlie and Julie Alvarez of Fredericksburg, TX, and his son and daughter-in-law Michael Alvarez and Parisa Hakimzadeh of Basking Ridge, NJ; and nine grandchildren Quinn, Caroline, Andrew, Colin, Henry, Darya, Tira, Olivia and Kareen. Carlos is survived by his brother Julio Alvarez, and many nieces, nephews, family and loving friends. 

Carlos was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador with his father, Dr. Julio Alvarez, mother Piedad and his brother Julio.  He had a very large extended family in Ecuador that dates to the founding of the country and of which he was very proud. As a boy, he took trips with his father to the United States, and Carlos fell in love with this country.  At 17 years old, he left Ecuador to attend Mississippi State University where he graduated with honors with a degree in Civil Engineering. He later immigrated to the United States and attained his citizenship, a source of great pride throughout his life.  


He worked for 40 years as a transportation management consultant, with a specialty in international highway transportation and infrastructure development and retired in 2002.  His work allowed him to travel millions of miles to over 100 countries around the world, giving him a unique perspective and love of developing nations and transportation infrastructure.  He was most proud of the many relationships he fostered over the decades and was known for being a leader who cared deeply for his team, their well-being and career development. A tireless worker, he will be long remembered for his commitment to his team and his industry.  


Carlos was a devoted husband to Kathleen and father/grandfather to his 3 children, their spouses and his 9 grandchildren.  He enjoyed a life-long love of the sea, beginning in his youth on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in Playas, Ecuador. He enjoyed many boating and snorkeling adventures to the Bahamas with his in-laws and family.  He loved his summer home in Fenwick Island, DE and nothing gave him more pleasure than taking family and friends on boat rides in the Chesapeake Bay. After retiring, he enjoyed cruising around the world with Kathleen.  Settling in Bridgeville, DE and the community of Heritage Shores brought great joy to Kathleen and Carlos, as they enjoyed countless rounds of golf, dining at the clubhouse, trivia night and other adventures with good friends.  Always an engineer, he loved to debate the merits of his favorite cars, boats, airplanes, and the best routes to beat I-50 traffic out to the Delaware shore. As he reached his later years and battle with cancer, he was always up for a long conversation and storytelling about the many places he visited, and the friendships he cherished along the way.  He was also an avid card player and loved a good game of Pooch with his family and grandchildren.


He was a good and honest man through and through.  He cherished his Catholic faith and was comforted by the promise of everlasting life with our benevolent and loving God in Heaven.    


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Carlos’ loving memory.  


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Patti @ Vince Destajo
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
Kathleen and Family,

After the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have to hold onto are the happy memories that we’ve shared with our loved ones who have passed, this is what keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us.

I will always remember Carlos' smile and fighting spirit.

Love and prayers,

Patti and Vince
Washington, DC

Lois Ramey
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019

I cannot even begin to understand what you are going through right now, but I would like to offer my prayers and condolences to you and your family.


Lois & Ray Ramey
Rockville, Maryland

Angela Jones
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
To KMA & the Alvarez family. My heartfelt sympathies. May God continue to strengthen each of you as He heals your hurt. Regards, Angela

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