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Celebration of A Special Life
by Patricia Diane Cota-Robles

Joao Cota-Robles
April 9, 1968 - December 29, 2010


Our precious Joao passed away unexpectedly on December 29, 2010. He was 42 years old.

Joao is survived by his wife Denise, sons Dylan (20), Hayden (19), and Griffin (5), his parents Ricardo and Patricia, his sister Tori Ratchford (Jeremy), and his three nephews Dexton, Wylder, and Revel. He is also survived by his paternal grandmother whom he called "Grammita" and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service for Joao Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

St. Pius X Catholic Church
1800 N. Camino Pio Decimo
Tucson, Arizona 85715

If you can join us we would love to see you, but if you cannot please pause for a moment on that day and send your Love to our Beloved Joao.

From the time Joao was a little boy he has had a deep-seated relationship with God. He used to talk about God all of the time and he often shared very profound things with me. Once he came to me and said, “Mom this is a very special time and there are thousands of Light Beings being born on Earth who are going help all of us.” I said, “How do you know that?” He said, “Because I saw them. They are descending from the Higher Realms and when they reach the Earth they are being born as babies all over the world.”

When we go through the transition that we refer to as death, it is like taking a journey across the ocean. On one shore our Loved Ones are waving good-bye and feeling very sad, but on the other shore our Loved Ones who have crossed over before us are awaiting our arrival with open arms.

Joao had many challenges in his life, but everyone who knew him experienced his magnificent Loving heart and his amazing sense of humor. He never entered a room without giving everyone in his family a kiss, no matter where we were. And he never left a room or completed a phone conversation without saying “I Love you.”

One of his favorite people in the whole world was his Granddaddy, Frank Cota-Robles. Joao’s Grammpa passed away in 1995, leaving a very big void in Joao’s life.

I AM going to share the words of a very special song with you, but first I would like to give you a little background about that song.

A couple of years ago our cousin Tommy passed away and Joao, his Dad, and I went to Tommy’s memorial service. At the reception we were sitting at a table with some other members of our family and there was music playing in the background. At one point Joao said, “Mom, listen to this song. This is the song I want you to play at my funeral.” I listened to the first line or two and said, “Joao, I am not going to listen to this song, I am going to be long gone by the time you have your funeral.”

When Joao passed away on December 29th, I knew I had to find that song, but I didn’t have a clue where to begin looking. I did not know who the artists were. I didn’t know the name of the song, and I didn’t even know the words. So I prayed to Joao and said, “Joao, I want to play your song for you, but I do not know what it is. You have to help me find this song.”

After we were through at the hospital, we went to Joao’s Grandmother’s house to be with the rest of the family for a while. When we were through we all went home. That night Joao’s son Hayden turned off his music ipod and put it on the charger to recharge it. At 3:00 o’clock in the morning the ipod turned on by itself and began playing a song. Hayden did not know anything about what Joao had said at Tommy’s service, but the words of the song that was playing were so meaningful to him that he downloaded them onto his ipod. In the morning, Hayden and Dylan came over to our house to share the song with Dickie and me.

I was on the phone, so Dickie listened to the song first. After hearing the song he came and got me and said, “You have got to listen to this song.” The moment the song began playing, I knew it was Joao’s song.

The words to the song are listed below. Please read these words carefully and take them into your heart. This is a very special message that Joao wanted to share with ALL of you during this sacred time of his transition, so that you would be able to experience with him the JOY of his NEW FOUND FREEDOM!

When I Get Where I’m Going
Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton


When I get where I’m going
On the far side of the sky
The first thing that I’m gonna do
Is spread my wings and fly

I’m gonna land beside a lion
And run my fingers through his mane
Or I might find out what it’s like
To ride a drop of rain


Yeah when I get where I’m going
There’ll be only happy tears
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years
And I’ll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
Yeah when I get where I’m going
Don’t cry for me down here

I’m gonna walk with my Granddaddy
And he’ll match me step for step
And I’ll tell him how I missed him
Every minute since he left
Then I’ll hug his neck
[Repeat Chorus]

So much pain and so much darkness
In this world we stumble through
All these questions I can’t answer
So much work to do

But when I get where I’m going
And I see my maker’s face
I’ll stand forever in the Light
Of his Amazing Grace
Yeah when I get where I’m going
There’ll be only happy tears

I will love and have no fear
When I get where I’m going
Don’t cry for me down here


(from Wikipedia ... Song was written by George Teren and Rivers Rutherford and recorded by American country music artist Brad Paisley. It was released in October 2005 as second single from his album “Time Well
Wasted.” The song features harmony vocals from Dolly Parton.)

Patricia Diane Cota-Robles
New Age Study of Humanity’s Purpose
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