Body of former Mayor arrives in El Paso


POSTED: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 5:37pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 5:39pm

The body of late Ambassador and former El Paso Mayor, Raymond Telles was brought back from California to El Paso today, where he will be laid to rest.

The late Raymond Telles lived in Los Angeles with his daughter for almost seven years.

Telles was being treated for cancer and battling respiratory illnesses for many years. He passed away at the age of 97 last Friday.

Raymond Telles was the first Hispanic mayor of a major US city. He served as El Paso Mayor from 1957 to 1961.

President John F. Kennedy eventually appointed him to be the Ambassador to Costa Rica.

Telles' daughters say El Paso was their father's favorite place in the world, and he often dreamed of coming back. He asked that his memorial services be held here.

"There was a song that he loved, 'I left my heart in San Francisco' but he used to say, 'I left my heart in El Paso,'" said Telles' daughter, Cynthia, "he always wanted to be back."

"We're going to be taking him back to San Ignacio, which is a church that his parents helped to build. That's where he got married and that's where he wants to have his burial, his funeral mass, and so, we want to honor his wishes," said Telles' other daughter, Patricia Telles-Irvin.

The rosary and viewing for Raymond Telles will be this Friday evening from 5pm to 9pm at the Funeraria Del Angel Harding-Orr.

His funeral mass will be the following morning at 11am at San Ignacio Church.

His burial immediately follows at Evergreen Cemetery on Alameda Avenue. His family is asking for donations to the Raymond L. Telles Scholarship Fund.

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