Dimas Correa was a man whose love of children was easily perceived by any kid lucky enough to cross his path.
"He just loved all the kids," said his wife, Janice Correa.
Naturally, this included his own children along with other kids around the neighborhood.
Dimas R. Correa, 77, of Crown Point, died March 19.
"He was a pressman" who worked as a lithographer for Sherwin-Williams in Chicago for 26 years, Janice Correa said.
She added that he retired from the Crown Cork & Seal Company in Alsip.
Correa grew up in Carrizo Springs, TX and eventually moved to Indiana. Some of the friends he grew up with also moved to the Chicago area and they formed the Lone-Star Club, his wife noted.
"They would get together for various activities."
It is no shock that one of those activities involved helping children -- donating money for scholarships so Carrizo Springs kids could continue their educations.
In his later years, even with failing eyesight, Correa liked to be out in his yard. And the neighborhood kids would often help lead him to his deck to sit and relax.
"They knew they were going to get a cookie from him," Janice Correa added with a chuckle.
The kids just loved to sit with him to visit and talk, she proudly recalled.
They affectionately called him by his first name, Dimas, while the grandchildren called him "Poppa D," Janice Correa said.
"He was just a very, very loving man and very much (involved) with the kids," including his own and around the neighborhood, his wife said.
Janice Correa said countless people told her that she had a very special husband.
"I heard over and over what a kind, caring and sweet man he was. He would help anyone."
Funeral services for Dimas R. Correa were March 23. Cremation was handled by Geisen Funeral-Cremation & Reception Centre in Crown Point.