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In Memory of

Jim DeLeon De Leon Espiritu

February 9, 1936 - November 27, 2016

Obituary


Jim De Leon Espiritu was born in Laoag City, Philippines on February 9, 1936. The son of the late, Quirico Espiritu Sr. and Maria Guerrero De Leon, he was the 3rd youngest of 9 siblings: Carolina, Elvira, Maria Cleofe, Magdalena, Quirico Jr., Catalina Estrella, Jose, and his last surviving brother, Reymundo Rogelio.

On April 27, 1957 Jim married his high school sweetheart, Alice Francisco. During their 59 years together, they were blessed with 5 children: Richard, Marlene, Samuel (Bong), Jimmy Jr. (James), and Myra, as well as 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

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Jim De Leon Espiritu was born in Laoag City, Philippines on February 9, 1936. The son of the late, Quirico Espiritu Sr. and Maria Guerrero De Leon, he was the 3rd youngest of 9 siblings: Carolina, Elvira, Maria Cleofe, Magdalena, Quirico Jr., Catalina Estrella, Jose, and his last surviving brother, Reymundo Rogelio.

On April 27, 1957 Jim married his high school sweetheart, Alice Francisco. During their 59 years together, they were blessed with 5 children: Richard, Marlene, Samuel (Bong), Jimmy Jr. (James), and Myra, as well as 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Prior to coming to the United States, he and his family lived in Sabah, Malaysia, where he worked as a Chief Electrician for Weyerhaeuser Co. for 15 years. In 1981, he and his family immigrated to the United States, where he began working in assembly at Raytheon and Fairchild Semiconductor until his retirement at the age of 65.

Jim enjoyed listening to music, taking photos/videos, going on road trips, attending family events, and watching his favorite sports teams: the Golden State Warriors and San Francisco 49ers. His memory will live on in our hearts forever. We love you dad!


TRIBUTE TO MY BROTHER JIM

By: Reymundo Rogelio D. Espiritu

There are many times in our life when we have no helpful words to speak......

My life seems so empty right now. I sit at home and feel like any time my brother Jim would enter through the door. I miss his kindness, support and humor. He was always there if I needed the help of a handyman, or I needed someone to talk to or make me laugh.

But I just would like to thank all of you for being here tonight to celebrate the life of Manong Jim. It is, however, just tragic that his life was cut so short . I just wish he could have lived to a hundred years and beyond, like the others. He was just 81. Words cannot describe how deeply we grieve for losing him, yet we comfort ourselves with the thought that in his simple ways, he had lived life fully well and is merely crossing the bar into life everlasting.

My brother was only a few years older than me. We were close enough in age that we were very close and shared a lot of same friends. Nevertheless even though he was only a few years older, he was extremely protective over me. There were times when I didn't understand this and even resented it, but as I got older I realized that he just wanted what was best for me.

Home was Laoag City, Philippines and we were surrounded with loving siblings, relatives and friends as Papa & Mama were gone when I was only six years old. We were nine siblings & I am the only one left now.

Like all brothers we had our disagreements that came with growing up, and raising our respective families but no matter what, we made up quickly and remained best friends. When we were kids in Laoag, we lived in a modest house and we boys had to share a room for many years. We often stayed late at night reading "Bannawag", our weekly magazine in the dialect, comics, or other books. We would be playing games, make our kites & fly them, roller skate at the tennis court beside the Ilocos Norte Capitol in Laoag City, go for a swim at the river under the Gilbert Bridge, watch movie at the Life or Modern Theaters or just go killing time at the Centro and chat or play with our del Rosario cousins who were at that time keeping a photography studio business managed by their family.

We attended the same elementary and high schools and since we were close in age, we shared the love of the same friends. Besides, he was more outgoing (and shall I say more handsome than I am, (ehem, ehem). Lots of girls at his age were so attracted to him. In spite of this he met the one and only girl during his high school years, a track & field rising star athlete who was one of the best sprinter at that time, & a representative of Ilocos Norte Region in the Interscholastic Athletic Meet in the country better known today as Palarong Pambansa. She was to sprint away with my brother Jim's heart and lived ever after. The well known Francisco sisters at that time in the field of athletics, Mang Betty & Manang Alice were the rising track & field stars and they were coach by their dad the late maestro Gaudencio Francisco who was at the same time a teacher of the Ilocos Norte national High School where they were studying.

In college, we parted ways as we attended different universities. He enrolled at the FEATI in Manila pursuing an Electronic course, and a few years later, I was lucky enough to pass the entrance test for the Philippine College of Arts & Trades in Manila and was one of the 3 representatives of Ilocos Norte during that year pursuing the degree, BSIE. After graduation, we landed in our jobs and began raising our families. He got a job as Chief Electrician for the Weyerhaeuser Company , a US company based in Sabah, Malaysia and two years later, he was joined by Manang Alice and three of their children in Malaysia where she got a job as a school principal. Brother Jim worked for 15 years with the Weyerhaeuser Company and when his petition for immigrant visa to California was nearing, he came back home to Laoag with his family to work on it until he was able to immigrate with Mang Alice & 4 of his children in 1981. We, came to United States of America to pursue the American dream after the successful petition of our loving sisters Catalina Estrella & Magdalena & the rest is history.

Together again in California, I noticed that although he has remained outgoing, he became a hardworking, conscientious, responsible family man - a generous provider, a loving and faithful husband/father/grandfather, & a faithful friend.

He was a fun-loving person who lived life to the fullest. He always had a smile on his face. He was always up for anything, whether it was last-minute, or you needed to fix something or go fetch a friend or relative. He never complained, and was always ready to extend a helping hand. Because of these, he was loved by friends, family & relatives alike. He was fun to be with.

A lot of you are likely asking why my brother's life was taken away from us so soon. There is no answer to this question, but this I know: While it is true what they say that " A long life is good enough; a good life is long enough." We're going to miss him a lot! There will never be another Jim!

I just hope everyone here today will take time to think of all the fun moments we had with him. And lastly as the poet Mary Elizabeth Frye said:


" Do not stand on my grave & weep.

I am not there; I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on a ripened grain

I am the gentle autumn rain.


When you awaken in the morning's hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there; I did not die.


And to our beloved brother JIM

FAREWELL dear brother FAIRWELL!!

On behalf of his beloved wife, children, grandchildren, and the whole family, I'd like to thank you for being with us today. GOD BLESS !

December 8, 2016