Andrew Garcia, pictured with wife, Dorothy
Andrew Garcia Sr., 62, a businessman from Portola Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area, had reveled in the joy of getting to know his first grandchild, the 8-month-old daughter of his son, Andrew Jr.
Garcia's second grandchild is expected this week. His daughter, Audrey Olive, is due to deliver a baby boy.
"He was probably the best husband and father you could ever imagine," said his son. "He's not only my dad but my best friend."
An industrial products salesman, Garcia established his own company in the same line of work 11 years ago and traveled frequently on business to the East Coast.
He was flying home Tuesday morning after Monday meetings in New Jersey.
"People who know him talk about his values," said his son. "The first thing he would ask you when he saw you was, 'How are you?' and he meant that genuinely."
Garcia, who was born in Sunnyvale, Calif., is also survived by his wife, Dorothy, and another daughter, Kelly.