"We're going to miss him a lot," said Joe Guerra's oldest son, trying to cope with his father's unexpected death. "I’ve been overwhelmed by the memories my dad has left us with, but one of the things that stands out the most is his charity and kindness towards everyone he met." Guerra Jr. says his father, a respected businessman and former Laredo City Council member died Wednesday. His grandson said, “I was dumbfounded when I heard the news. It took time to sink in." Hundreds of people including city officials, family and friends crowded St. Patrick's Cathedral this morning as they paid their condolences. Many remember him as a humble and kind person with a big heart. "Even today people were coming up to me and thanking me for all my dad did for them and all I can do is thank god for a man like him." Although Guerra was a busy man contributing to countless projects around Laredo, Guerra Jr. says he'll always remember him not only for his dedication to the city, but his family as well. "We could all, all of my family, work as hard as we could for all of our lives and that wouldn't equal one day. He was a hardworking man." "I only hope to one day live up to his name and fill his shoes as best as I can." Guerra died at the age of 76. He served on City Council for more than 20 years. Our condolences go out tonight to his family and friends.