Ricardo Garchitorena, affectionately known as Ricky, peacefully passed away at the age of 67 on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, in St. Louis, MO, due to a health complication. His departure has left a profound void in the lives of his grieving family and friends.
Ricardo Garchitorena was born in White Plains, NY, to Dr. Alfonso Ortua Garchitorena and Felisa Monfort Gonzalez. His academic journey led him to the University of the Philippines, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Subsequently, he pursued his medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas. In 1989, he exchanged vows with Alma in Lee’s Summit, embarking on a journey of love and companionship.
Ricardo’s professional life was marked by his dedicated service as an emergency room physician in Southern Illinois for several decades. Renowned for his compassion, kindness, and selflessness, Ricky left an indelible impact on the lives of thousands of patients across generations. His approach to treatment and care went beyond medical expertise, embodying a genuine concern for the well-being of those under his care.
As the news of Ricardo Garchitorena’s passing spreads, the community is left reflecting on the legacy of a man who not only practiced medicine but also touched the lives of those in need. His empathetic nature and unwavering commitment to his profession garnered him respect and admiration from colleagues, patients, and their families alike.
The upcoming Funeral Mass, scheduled to take place at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Lindell Boulevard, at the intersection with North Newstead Avenue, Saint Louis, is set for Monday, January 22, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. This event serves as a collective moment for family, friends, and acquaintances to come together in remembrance and pay their respects to a man whose life was dedicated to the service of others.