Aurelio Sanchez loved being around people and loved sharing jokes and laughs, said Kathleen Sanchez, his wife of 43 years.
“He had a great sense of humor,” she said. “He had a sense of lightheartedness about him.”
Aurelio Sanchez, 64, of Portage, died June 6. He worked 25 years for Brinks as a courier, traveling the world for the company.
He was a member of St. Matthias Catholic Church and a former member of Nativity of Our Savior Catholic Church. He had enjoyed teaching religious education at both churches, his wife said.
Education was important to him, and for the last 45 years, he had been going to college off and on to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
“He wanted to be able to say he was a college graduate,” she said.
He loved playing fantasy football, and loved the Chicago Bears.
“He stuck with the Bears, no matter how bad they were,” his wife said.
He loved Mickey Mouse, and was looking forward to June 2014, when he planned on taking his grandchildren to Disney World.
“His family and friends were the most important to him,” he said.
No matter what happened, Sanchez believed in keeping a positive attitude, his wife said.
“He truly believed that enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm,” she said. “He always looked on the bright side. Everyone loved his attitude and his smile.”