POSTED: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 10:39am
UPDATED: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 2:22pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The end of the year is always a time to reflect. We think of what we've gained in the last 365 days and how much we've lost. 2013 was a difficult year for El Paso, as we lost several greats that truly colored our city and encompassed the spirit of community.
The longtime Northeast El Paso County Commissioner lost his bout with bladder cancer on June 28, 2013. He was a graduate of Cathedral High School and attended the University of Texas at El Paso. Haggerty was many things to many people, but he was always colorful and could be counted on by the media for his candor.
Some people don't need a second name. "The Strelz" was simply one of those people. Much like Haggerty, Strezlin wore many hats, he was a sports announcer and enthusiast, he was an educator, but his most important role was always as a father and as a husband. His booming voice will be missed, his New York attitude was one of a kind.
Former El Paso Mayor Raymond Telles Sr. passed away in March at the age of 97. Telles was the first Hispanic mayor of a major city in the U.S. President Kennedy eventually appointed him as Ambassador to Costa Rica. In 1967 President Johnson appointed Telles as the chairman of the U.S. - Mexican Border Commission. He was living in Sherman Oaks, California at the time of his death.
Maxine Silva, was most well known as the namesake for Jefferson High School's health magnet program at Maxine Silva High. She was a staunch advocate for Education in El Paso and continued with her mission for her entire life. Silva passed away in November at the age of 97.
Howard, a standout linebacker at UTEP from 2002-2005 was killed in a fiery car crash in California in November. Howard was originally from Lubbock, TX and played at UTEP for three years before being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round in 2006.
For some, it isn't the amount of time spent on earth, it's the quality of that time. For those that knew nine-year-old Matthew "Gordo" Olivas, they knew that his spirit was indomitable. Olivas, who suffered from a heart defect received an artificial art in October. Olivas' heart transplant was one of the first of its kind for pediatric patients. Olivas passed away from complications of the artificial heart transplant in November, but we will never forget him here at NewsChannel 9.