Obituary-Eduardo Campdera Esteve, 1928-2015
Please note a Memorial Mass honoring Eduardo’s life will be celebrated on Friday, March 20, 2015, at 11am, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Dallas, Texas
OBITUARY – ESTEVE, Eduardo Campdera 1928 – 2015 Eduardo passed away in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday, February 16, 2015. He was born October 1, 1928, in Galveston, Texas, the youngest of four sons of Amparo and Ramon Esteve. His family moved to Barcelona, Spain, when he was a baby and later settled in Dallas, Texas, in 1938. He graduated from Jesuit Preparatory School and attended Southern Methodist University. Eduardo left SMU to join the family commodities business, Esteve Brothers & Co., now known as ECOM Agroindustial Corp., establishing a branch of the company in Mexico with his brother Jorge. Eduardo married Isabel Recolons in Barcelona, Spain, in 1961, and they settled in Mexico where they had their six children. They moved to Barcelona in 1973 and then to Dallas in 1975. Starting in 1995, Isabel and Eduardo split their time between Mexico City and Dallas. Eduardo took leadership roles in the commodities industry throughout his career, serving as President of the American Cotton Shippers Association, President of the Cotton Council International in Washington D.C., and as advisor to the International Cotton Association in Liverpool, England. While in Dallas, he also served as the Honorary Consul to Spain, hosting Spanish dignitaries in his home and receiving two medals of merit from the King of Spain for his years of service. Despite the time and travel commitment required by his business and civic duties, Eduardo’s number one priority was his family. He was a hands-on father and grandfather, sharing his wise counsel and unceasing support and love with his children and grandchildren in person and through letters. He was ever-present at the many baptisms, first communions, graduations and sporting events of his grandchildren. Eduardo gathered his entire family together every summer in Colorado and also organized wonderful family trips to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. He was happiest when surrounded by his family. Eduardo was a strong believer in Catholic education and generously supported Christ the King Catholic Church and School, Cistercian Preparatory School, The Highlands School, Jesuit College Preparatory School, and Ursuline Academy. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Foundation of Dallas. Eduardo is remembered by all who knew him for his warm heart and overwhelming kindness and generosity. Eduardo was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ramon Esteve, and his daughter-in-law Marci Thompson Esteve. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Isabel Recolons Esteve; their six children, Isa (David) Shetler, Ana (Jim) Yoder, Pepe (Angie) Esteve, Eddy Esteve, Pablo (Chrissy) Esteve, and Maria Esteve; twenty-two grandchildren; his two brothers Pepe (Bea) Esteve and Jorge (Sefa) Esteve; and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass honoring Eduardo’s life will be celebrated on Friday, March 20, 2015, at 11 am, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Dallas, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Diocese of Dallas (please make checks payable to “Our Faith, Our Future Trust” and mail in c/o Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, P.O. Box 190507, Dallas, TX 75219); ECOM Foundation (please make check payable to “ECOM Foundation” and mail in c/o Carol L. Salaiz, 13760 Noel Rd., Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75240, or make donation on-line at www.ecomfoundation.org/donate) or the charity of your choice.
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