Photograph of Raul Astudillo
In Loving Memory of

Raul Astudillo

1949 - 2022

Obituary of Raul Astudillo

It is with profound sadness the family of Raul Edmundo Astudillo announce his passing, after a courageous battle with cancer. He died peacefully at Hospice Niagara on Friday, September 9, 2022, at 73 years of age.

Raul is survived by his wife, Victoria (née Ochoa) of 50 years, son Pablo (Wendy), daughter Valerie (Peter) and his adored grandkids Adian, Tyce and Theo. Raul is the loving brother to 7 siblings and a dear uncle to many cherished nieces and nephews.

Raul was known in the community as “Paul” the goldsmith. He operated his successful family business P & V Jewellery for 33 years in the city of St. Catharines, Ontario. Raul’s most precious treasure was his family and spending time with them. His favourite pastimes were listening to music and playing his most loved sport, soccer. Not only did Raul play soccer until he was 65 years, it brought him immense joy to watch his grandchildren play the sport too. He was a proud member of the St. Davids and the District Lions Club.

Raul’s sense of humor will always be remembered as he had the gift to make everyone laugh and smile. The relationships he made throughout life were most important to him. His love of people and helping those in need will forever be his legacy.

Raul’s family is most grateful for all the wonderful care he received throughout his illness. The support he received from his community is a testament to the impact he had and the many lives he touched.

In accordance with Raul’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements are entrusted with Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133). In honour of Raul’s life, a Funeral Mass will be held at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria, 3 Lyman Street, St. Catharines, on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 10a.m. A celebration of Raul’s life will immediately follow Mass, downstairs in the church hall. An interment will take place at a later time at Victoria Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be given to Hospice Niagara. Online condolences may be shared on Raul's tribute page found at

Service Information

Funeral Mass

Date: September 13, 2022
Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 11:15 am
Venue: Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria, 3 Lyman Street, St. Catharines

A Celebration of Life

Date: September 13, 2022
Start Time: 11:30 am
End Time: 1:30 pm
Venue: Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria, 3 Lyman Street, St. Catharines

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Shelley Guarasci
1 month ago

Hi this is Shelley I’ve been trying to find my dear sweet Veronica since last speaking with her at my Avondale store I miss her smile and would love to reach out to her again if anyone knows how to contact her for me please tell her to leave me her cell number at Avondale she knows what store as it’s hard to locate her

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Ivan S. Célleri Contreras
1 year ago

Raúl, un gran gusto haberlo conocido , los recuerdos con el Deportivo Cuenca y coterraneos en Toronto, su amistad con mis Padres Alfonso y Ligia son de los más preciados y agradables recuerdos. Mi sentido pésame a Sra. Fanny Pablo y Valerie un abrazo fuerte y sigan adelante con un ejemplo tan sincero como el de su padre.
La Vida nos lleva a muchos lugares y por diversos senderos sinembargo aquellas memorias permanecerán y son continuamente una inspiración Cuando nos sentimos que no Podemos más, nuestros padres pasaron y sacrificaron tanto pero lo lograron, nos toca a nosotros continuar con aquel ejemplo e inspiración. Gracias y Paz.

Raúl. It has been a a great pleasure to have known you, the memories of Deportivo Cuenca, expats and your friendship with my parents Alfonso and Ligia are some of the most cherrised and pleasent. My deepest condolences to you Mrs Fanny Pablo and Valerie, carry on his foot steps sincereity. Life takes us to different places and paths but those memories will prevail and are often an inspiration to us when we feel down, our parents went thru and sacrificed so much but they made it, now it’s our turn to follow such an example and inspiration.
Thank you and peace

Ivan S. Celleri Contreras

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Carolyn Muir (Holubowsky)
1 year ago

Valerie, Pablo and Victoria, sending you love and strength from my whole family. Dad is at rest and his strength is carried on through your lives. May he rest in peace.

Eduardo and Isabel Betti Machinandiarena
1 year ago

Querida Fanny y familia:

Recibe nuestras sinceras condolencias en estos muy tristes momentos. Conocimos a Raúl y a ti a través de los Gaitán y luego fuimos sus clientes de la joyería. Siempre recordaremos la calidez de ambos, especialmente Raúl, su integridad, profesionalidad y su dedicación a su familia.

Deseamos que en estos momentos ya esté en un lugar mejor, liberado de los dolores y sufrimientos que lo aquejaron en el último tiempo.

Los acompañamos con un abrazo muy grande,

Eduardo e Isabel

Joseph and Stephanie Reid
1 year ago

Our most sincere condolences on the loss of Raul. He was such an amazing person. We loved watching him playing soccer on the front lawn with Adian, and later, with his younger grandchildren as well.
We will remember him always smiling and ready to lend a hand to a neighbour.

Steve Rowbottom
1 year ago

To the Astudillo family. My heart felt condolences to you on this day. I was always brought up in my family to celebrate the life of those that have passed, although this is a sad time, remember the good times, remember how happy Raul made you, all the laughs you shared, all the great memories you have created and shared. My prayers and thoughts to all the Astudillo family during this time. I am here if any of you need anything to help you through this! Lots of love Steve Rowbottom

Angela Marshall
1 year ago

Dear Fanny, Pablo, Valerie and Family we are so saddened for the loss of your beautiful husband, father and grandfather. I know the closeness of your family will provide you with countless beautiful memories to comfort and carry you.
Much love and sympathy ❤️
The Marshall’s

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1 year ago

Such beautiful words about a truly kind human. It was an honour to meet your family xo

Jorge Hermoza
1 year ago

Nuestras profudas condolencias a la Familia Astudillo, Raul simple serà recordado, con mucho cariño, como un gran esposo, padre y muy buen amigo. Te llevamos en nuestro corazon, mi querido amino Raul. Dios ahora te tiene en su gloria.
Jorge Hermoza y Familia.

Ana Maria Fernandes
1 year ago

Raul siempre será recordado, me siento muy triste por su partida. Mis condolencias para mi querida amiga Fanny, Pablo Valeria y a todos sus familiares.
Adiós amigo ♥️

Pennacchietti Family
1 year ago

Out Deepest sympathies to the Astudillos Families!!!
Pray that God will comfort you!!
He’ll be missed!!
🌹🙏🌹R.I.P. 🌹Raul🙏🌹
Michael and Vittoria Pennacchietti
( Olinda daughter)

Familia’s Aguilar, Siguenza y Pereira
1 year ago

Querida Familia Astudillo
Sentimos in gran dolor por la perdida de Raul, fue nuestro gran amigo y nunca nos olvidaremos los momentos felicices que hemos pasado.
Que Dios le temga en su Santa Gloria.

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Blanca Flores
1 year ago

Mi mas sentido pesame Fanny y familia ,que el Señor les de mucha fortaleza para aceptar su voluntad y a Raul el descanso Eterno y brille para el la luz perpetua.🙏🙏

Marcelo Mendieta
1 year ago

Una gran tristeza invade nuestros corazones ante la partida de Raulito…pero vivirá en nuestros corazones con esa alegría contagiosa y su ejemplo de vida…un gran abrazo ñaña Fanny, primos y toda la familia…Dios les de mucja fortaleza para poder sobrellevar su ausencia….Descanse en paz querido Raulito.
Familia Mendieta Pafilla.

Paco Astudillo lucero
1 year ago

Apreciados; Fanny, Pablo, Valeria y más familiares mi mas sentido pésame. La partida de mi hermano Raúl trae a mi mente los bellos recuerdos de infancia vivida en la Cuenca de años los sesentas. Raúl tú supiste darme la protección, el amor y el cariño para ser niños felices, por lo que me duele tu fallecimiento, que no lo deseábamos, pero la Divina Providencia te ha convocado, por lo que invoco a que que te tenga en unión de Papa, Mama, Hermana y otros seres queridos que se adelantaron.
Querida Cuñada, queridos Sobrinos y sus hijos sepan que su dolor, es el mío y elevo mis oraciones para que la resignación nos llegue, a sabiendas que la Divinidad lo recibió misericordiosamente en su seno.
Hace tres años nos vimos en unión de tu amada esposa, nos saludamos, recordamos nuestras andanzas y nos despedimos no nos imaginamos que era la última vez y hoy me despido de ti con la tristeza de que algo de mi ser se va y se va para siempre, hasta siempre mi querido “catracho” Dios permitirá que nos volvamos a ver en algún espacio del universo.
A mis hermanos y Hermana amados también mi condolencia sentida que es también la de los míos.

Iván Astudillo
1 year ago

Profundo dolor me a causado tu partida pero me quedo con toda la Alegría que derramaste en tu camino y está grabada en la memoria por siempre Hermano hasta más lueguito Loquito, un fuerte abrazo solidario a mis sobrinos y para Fanny los quiero mucho

Melissa and Brett leech
1 year ago

Sending all our love hugs and prayers

Marco Samaniego y Familia
1 year ago

QPD Raúl….una grande persona y en especialmente un gran amigo de la familia. Nuestros sentidos pésame para la familia Astudillo en especial para Fanita , Pablito y Valeria. Nos unimos con ustedes en este gran dolor. Marco ,Brenda y Priscilla

Sandy Calle
1 year ago

Raulito ya se encuentra en la gloria de Dios. Siempre lo recordaremos como el gran ser humano que fue y lo bello de su corazón! Nuestras condolencias para toda la familia están en nuestras oraciones.

Denise Egan
1 year ago

I am so sorry to hear about this. Memories growing up as neighbours bring smiles to my face. He was a wonderful, caring and funny person. To the family I send my love and prayers.

1 year ago

El tío Raúl se llevó parte de mi corazón, pero me dejó también parte del suyo. Sus consejos y su amor serán parte de mi vida. Descanse en paz tío, le quiero y le extraño un montón. Que Dios le de la fortaleza a su familia. Un gran abrazo tía y primos


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