Leopoldo E. Espino, obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Leopoldo E. Espino,

April 7, 1937 - July 22, 2016

Obituary


Leopoldo Espino Eulogy
From Stephanie (Daughter)

My dad valued respect and friendship, he was loved and respected by many, he may not have been the best all loving, or tender Dad but he was strict and loyal. Dad, in your own way, you taught us the importance of patience and family values. For that we are grateful.

Growing up in the Philippines I remember how you made sure to spend time with us be it grocery shopping with all your 4 kids with ate Carol and Tita on the weekends, or long...

Leopoldo Espino Eulogy
From Stephanie (Daughter)

My dad valued respect and friendship, he was loved and respected by many, he may not have been the best all loving, or tender Dad but he was strict and loyal. Dad, in your own way, you taught us the importance of patience and family values. For that we are grateful.

Growing up in the Philippines I remember how you made sure to spend time with us be it grocery shopping with all your 4 kids with ate Carol and Tita on the weekends, or long driving for a quick vacation to Baguio, mom was already here in the US then. You cherished the moments when TinTin and I were young and you were able to bribe us to record messages for Mom through cassette tapes and you would send it to her. Thank you for all those years. Those were my happy childhood memories, short but forever treasured.

You've always been sentimental when it comes to your children. And even when we're adults you' made it a point that there was always dinner on the table. You'd make a quick dinner like your famous pork steak, adobo or sinampalukang manok. You like feeding your kids and were always happy when we're all together having Sunday BBQ. and I know if given another day, you would come back for that so it will happen one last time.

The hardest part of losing you is not being able to say goodbye personally, but that was God's plan and we should always be grateful it happened in such a way that you didn't suffer for days, months or even years. I am sure that's how you would have wanted it anyways. Just like when you didn't say goodbye to TinTin and I when you left for the U.S. because Tita said it would break your heart.

I will be forever grateful that you fought my way so I can come here in the U.S. before my 21st birthday. At the time the American Embassy in the Philippines was having a strike and was always closed. You had to write to Senator Feinstein so I can be here on time, and yes I got here 4 days before my 21st birthday, you made sure that all of your children have the best opportunities for a successful life, we know that you are proud of us.

We love you. Our hearts are heavy but we try to smile whenever we think of how it all ended. Surely you did it your way.

Love,
Stephanie.



From Tony Boy De Dios.

It is so hard to believe that I am doing a eulogy for my friend, Pol.

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Tony and I have known Pol for 44 years. His eldest son Christopher was still an infant back then. I have seen him with and without diapers. And Leopoldo Jr. is my godson. Pol thought that I deserved it because we were out together the night that Tina gave birth to Tata.

Pol and I met at work in Manila. The first time I met him was at a sales meeting, it did not take a lot of time until I knew that this guy was a good person. He was pleasant, easy going and sociable.

Even outside of work, Pol and I, with our other co-workers, socialized often. Pol is so gracious that even my parents got very close to him and soon he and Tina were part of our family.

When my wife and I immigrated to the US in 1975, I got separated from Pol. Fortunately, in few years, Tina and her sister Jane also moved to the States. And eventually Pol followed. I guessed my wife thought . "Oh no, they're back together. Here we go again".




I admire Pol's concern for his children. You see, as soon as he arrived here in the States, he wanted to get a job immediately so he and Tina could get their children. That is all he wanted. He really missed the children Soon, the two sons first came and then the two girls after. Pol was overwhelmed with joy when all of the four kids reunited. His life was complete.

Pol enjoys hanging out with friends over drinks and food. He enjoyed this time the most. He is simply a jolly person. He loves celebration. That is why their home was always filled with friends and family. Of course the delicious food which Tina prepared was a welcoming treat.

Pol was a caring friend.
One Sunday afternoon my wife rushed me to the hospital because of chest pain. Pol was my first visitor in ICU that night. I can see in his face that he was very concerned about my condition.

He never said no to anyone who asked his help. He may not have a lot of money. But I know for a fact that he had on many occasions gave half of whatever he had in his pocket to help someone to buy gas or the next meal. He is very generous person indeed.

I will always remember time when Pol stayed with me and my family throughout the final days of my dad due to stroke.

I bid you farewell my dear friend. Thank you for having me experience what real friendship is. I will always remember all of your advice. Thank you for your wisdom and sense of humor. You will definitely be missed.

Now that you are at home with our Lord, there is no more pain, no stress, no worries, no loneliness.

I'm sure the first thing he'll do is have a drink with my dad. Have one for me too !

Finally, please pray for us up there, as we will pray for you down you here. Until we meet again, my friend.


Tony Boy