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Customs house leader Jose Oscar Alvarez dies

By
Tad Thompson

Jose Oscar Alvarez Jr., a leader in the customs house brokerage business through J.O. Alvarez Inc., died April 21 at home surrounded by loved ones. He was 66.

sdfMr. Alvarez, who was born Sept. 10, 1954, is survived by his wife, Cristina G. Alvarez; children, Tanya Alvarez (Taha Khorram), Kendra Alvarez (Ismael Reyes Retana), Jose Oscar (JO) Alvarez III (Tania Gonzalez); grandchildren, Sahtya Khorram, Jose Oscar Alvarez IV, Amalia Matilda Reyes Retana; siblings, Gretel A. (Roberto) Garza Gongora, Sergio (Loly) Alvarez, Eduardo (Ana Isabel) Alvarez; and mother-in-law, Amalia Villarreal de Gonzalez. Mr. Alvarez is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Oscar Alvarez Sr. and Raquel Salinas.

In the early 1940s Mr. Alvarez's father was offered a dispatcher job working for John Spindel in his U.S. Customs brokerage firm, American Customs Brokers, Co. in Laredo. Soon, he was called into World War II. After his stint in the Army, Alvarez returned to American Brokers only to find Spindel in poor health. After a few years of deteriorating health, Spindel offered that Alvarez to take over the business. Alvarez passed his U.S. Customs Broker exam in 1957 and then established the J.O. Alvarez Co.

Today, the Laredo, TX-based company has offices in Mexico and seven U.S. offices along the border, from Southern California to south Texas.

In lieu of flowers the family would like to receive trees to plant in honor of Mr. Alvarez. Condolences to the family may be expressed here.

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