Our son, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, nephew, cousin and friend Francisco J. Laborde “Paco” of Philadelphia, PA passed away suddenly on Tuesday the 5th of September, 2023 at the young age of 45.
Born at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia on Monday, June 12, 1978, Paco grew up in a home filled with love and tradition in the town of Drexel Hill, Pa., together with his parents and three older sisters. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Grade School and graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in 1996.
Paco’s fever for adventure and food began with his first trip to Spain at the tender age of two. So many things about those frequent trips to Spain, that were filled with making memories with his parents, sisters, aunts/uncles and cousins, left Paco craving more. He discovered croquetas and jamón ibérico and could have lived on those two things alone if he hadn’t found his other love, Pho.
Paco lived his life passionately loving and spreading his always joyful mood with everyone. Not many people can truly say they love their job, but he did. He is one of the fortunate ones that was able to do what he loved everyday. As a bartender, he was able to connect and spread his contagious laughter, humor, and joy through stories and through his creations with food, he was able to awaken palettes. Losing his license after his first seizure gave Paco a better opportunity to adorn his beloved Philadelphia with his ever famous stickers and led him to appreciate bike rides and walks allowing him to bump into friends or make new ones in his routes. The endless amounts of pictures with family and friends show the true spirit of Paco, always smiling, always loving, living the carefree life that we all desire.
Paco is survived by his parents Francisco and Diane, three sisters, Diana Harper (Conville), Rosa Laborde (Christopher Cain) and Cristina Gray (Daniel), and nieces / nephews Christopher, Claudia, Nick, Rocio, C.J., Cristina, Lola and Lucy.
Paco, you will be deeply missed, but your memory will live on in the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of knowing you. May you find eternal peace, surrounded by the laughter and love you brought to this world.