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Obituary: Windsor grad Hugo Tapia Jr. had big dreams

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 8:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 8:51 p.m.

Hugo Tapia Jr., a Windsor High graduate who died Friday in an industrial accident, dreamed of directing fantasy action-thriller movies.


Hugo Tapia Jr.

Tapia kept the ticket stub of every movie he saw in the theater and plastered his walls with posters of actor James Dean.

“His dreams were big, big dreams,” said his mother Lina Hernandez of Windsor.

Tapia died from injuries suffered when several large panes of glass fell on top of him at Thermal Sun Glass Products in Santa Rosa. He was 21.

Tapia was born June 29, 1991, in Santa Rosa to Lina Hernandez and Hugo Tapia Sr. He was the middle child with two sisters, the older Sonia and younger Maria, whom he could always make laugh.

“He was always, always the happy one,” Sonia Tapia said.

Tapia attended San Miguel Elementary School in Larkfield, Windsor Middle School and graduated from Windsor High in 2010.

He took film classes at the Santa Rosa Junior College and worked at the Airport Stadium 12 movie theater.

Last summer, Tapia lived with a cousin in Los Angeles. After returning home, he started planning to return and find work and eventually direct films. His favorite movies involved vampires, zombies and elements of horror and science fiction, his sister said.

He lived with his family in Windsor and just two weeks before he died started working for the glass company where his father has worked for decades.

Tapia dreamed of traveling to big cities like New York and Las Vegas. He studied a large map of the United States on his wall, plotting places to see.

“He wanted to go to so many places,” Sonia Tapia said.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, starting with a rosary at 10:30 a.m. and an 11 a.m. mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sonoma Humane Society.

—Julie Johnson

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