Everyday Hero

April 22, 2017 at 5:51 p.m.

Robert V. Gomez, left, along with his son, Robert W. Gomez, and grandson, Reid Gomez

Robert V. Gomez, left, along with his son, Robert W. Gomez, and grandson, Reid Gomez   Contributed Photo for The Victoria Advocate

Robert V. Gomez

• Occupation: Master Mechanic

• Hometown: Victoria

• Why honored:

• My hero is and always will be my dad, Robert V. Gomez. I am beyond blessed to have a father that I also call my best friend. This is a rarity in this day and age. Having said that, this is not why he is my hero. My father is my hero because he could separate being my dad and being my best friend. Being a father myself, I know how difficult this can be. My dad raised me to have respect, humility and a desire to be the best at whatever I set out to do. My dad didn't tell me how to be a man - he showed me. He set an example of how fathers should provide, work hard and always find a way to make things work. He literally broke his neck and back for us. My dad has been a mechanic longer than I have been alive. He built his family a house and put two children through college because he worked his butt off to find a way make it work. When his last child graduated college years ago and he had time to take a deep breath and feel the pain he was in from all of those years of work, he underwent neck and back surgery to alleviate the pain. He was told to stop working and that he may struggle to simply walk comfortably for the rest of his life. Nine months later he was back working circles around men half his age. Dad, all of those years you were my baseball coach, I thought you were teaching me about baseball. I know now you were teaching me about life. You taught me what it means to be a man, to be a father, and to be a best friend to my two sons. You taught me to outwork everyone. You taught me to "Bite off more than I can chew - and chew like hell." If I am half the father you are, I will have done well. Thank you, Dad. Your only son, Robert W. Gomez.



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