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.
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.