UPDATE: Services held for Harlingen ‘watch dog’ Joe Rubio t

THE REAL DEAL
By JERRY DEAL

UPDATE: A Funeral Mass was held Friday at Queen of Peace Catholic Church for my dear friend former policeman, military veteran and private detective Joe Rubio Jr., 56,
Burial was held in the Ashland Memorial Park, with military and police honors.
Joe, known as The Big Dog, will be missed by many.
Unfortunately, I was not able to attend, due to important other commitments that could not be changed in such a short time. Fortunately, I was able to talk to my friend recently while he was at Valley Baptist Medical Center. I do grieve.

EARLIER COMMENTS
Retired police officer and later private investigator Jose Joe Rubio Jr. died late Tuesday, I have been informed by friends.
Rubio had been ill for some time and was a patient for weeks at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.
Often considered controversial by some, loved by others, Rubio was a Harlingen and Rio Grande Valley fixture.
This writer visited him recently at VBMC and although his mind was functioning, his body was giving out.
I had a lot of respect for this man, even though I did not always agree with his outlook on some things. In fact, he wrote the forward for my autobiography, “Dealing Off The Top,,” which was published last year.
His body lies at Trinity Funeral Home, with services not yet announced.
Vaya Con Dios, my friend.

5 comments for “UPDATE: Services held for Harlingen ‘watch dog’ Joe Rubio t

  1. jjr
    August 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Rest In Peace

  2. Citizen
    August 4, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Rest in Peace Officer Rubio. Thank you for a life of service.

  3. Juan Jose Ortega
    August 4, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    The Big Dog is finally going to a better place . May he Rest in Peace . My condolences to the Rubio Family.Que Dios lo bendiga .

  4. Raudel Garza
    August 8, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Words can’t describe the sense of loss I felt when I heard of Joe’s passing. It seems like just a short while ago he and I played phone tag, and I regret I wasn’t able to speak with him. Like you Jerry, I wasn’t able to attend his funeral due to prior commitments. I also grieve for the loss of a man who had heart and a passion for his community. I enjoyed my conversations with Joe. He was an intelligent person. May God’s peace be with his family.

  5. The Real Dennis
    August 8, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I will miss my friend!

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