- July 1, 1930 - March 17, 2017
of Felicisimo's Passing
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Felicisimo C. Camba
July 2, 1930 ~ March 17, 2017
Felicisimo "Feli" Camba , also lovingly known as "Pop" quietly passed away on March 17, 2017 with his family at his bedside. Born on July 1, 1930 in Bani, Panasinan, Philippines to Jose Catabay Camba and Rufina Credo Camba, Feli was the third of ten children.
In 1948, he joined thousands of Filipinos who migrated to Guam to assist with rebuilding the island after WWII. He worked at Tommy's Bakery and made lifelong friends there, including Joe Uncangco of Marina. At Tommy's, Feli met the love of his life - Bernadita "Bennett" Cruz Mendiola. They were married in 1952 and celebrated 36 years of marriage until her passing in 1988.
Feli was drafted into the US Army in 1952 and proudly served his country for over 25 years. He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his tour in Viet Nam ('67-'68). He was on the US Army Traveling Pistol Team, winning many trophies, ribbons and awards, and just missed making the 1972 US Olympic Team.Though he didn't compete further, he still enjoyed shooting, especially at the shooting galleries at Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk and Adventure Land at Disneyland.
Pop's military career brought him to Dugway Proving Ground, Utah; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Dix, New Jersey; Fort Benning, Georgia; and Fort Ord, California. He served one tour in Viet Nam and went to Korea twice ('70; '72). He retired in 1977 as a SGM in the 1st Brigade, 7th Division Infantry at Fort Ord. During his career, he and Bennett welcomed many soldiers and their families to their home and made many more lifelong friends, including the Mafnas and Quidileg families of Marina.
Pop began his next career as a government employee at the Fort Ord Commissary. He enjoyed working with commissary staff and assisting the active-duty and retired military personnel, spending another 20 years of service to the community he loved. Nadia Aramkul and Ms. Smitty are just two of his dear friends from his early days at "his store".
The last career change for Pop came in 1993, with the birth of his first granddaughter, Caitlynn Rose, Over the years, Pop was "classroom Grandpa"; chaperoning field trips to the Aquarium, BART rides to San Francisco, pumpkin and vegetable gathering at The Farm and numerous live plays at Sherwood Hall. He was chauffeur to ballet, tennis and swimming lessons, skating parties and even play dates to Dennis the Menace Park. He recalled those days as some of the most rewarding times, meeting other parents and grandparents who were also enjoying the time with their children and grandchildren.
Pop will be fondly remembered by neighbors for his love for his animals. Twice during his lifetime, he had at least five dogs at one time - the latest included an additional five cats which he endearingly called his "kittens". As recent as three years ago, Pop separately walked his two Labradoodles on a 3 mile loop around Marina; six miles total each day. Slow and steady. As he started slowing down, he limited his walks to around our street, but people still remark about seeing him with his dogs.
Pop's greatest joy came in spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed camping in Yosemite and the Humboldt Redwoods; trips to Disneyland and Hawaii; drives to San Luis Obispo for shopping and ice cream, as well as going to the Farmers Market and eating ribs. He taught not only his own three children to drive, but also his two nieces, Melanie and Joanne, and his god-daughter Melissa, spanning a 25-year period. Melanie's success in achieving her license included a drive to the Yosemite Valley - narrow roads and giant boulders hanging overhead.
Pop was a man of quiet service. He was someone you could count on to help in the kitchen for countless parties and gatherings - baptisms, weddings, showers, housewarmings, fundraisers, reunions and church functions. He looked forward to the St. Jude's annual Knights of Columbus Easter egg Hunt, dutifully coloring his four dozen eggs for the early Saturday morning event. Until the past year, he helped usher at the 10am Sunday Mass and enjoyed watching the children who grew up in the church starting to bring their own children. He was devoted to God, his church, and his friends at church. He was a man of prayer and continued to pray the Lord's Prayer until the end.
Pop will be missed by many. Neighbors he greeted while walking his dogs. His coffee buddies at the Marina 7-11, owned by "Chief" John Noyes, his dear friend. The workers at the Fort Ord Commissary who always had a hearty "Hey Camba", even after 20 years of retirement.
Feli is survived by his children, Diane Camba and Anthony Camba of Marina; granddaughters Caitlynn Rose Camba of Marina and Jasmin Christina Camba of Salinas; sister, Perla Camba Rodriguez of Long Island, New York and brother, Warner Camba of Philippines; numerous first cousins, nieces and nephews; his extended family Nadia and Phavana Aramkul, Melissa Castellanos, and Annette Freeman. He is predeceased by his wife Bernadita Cruz Mendiola Camba (1988), his daughters, Catherine Bernadette Camba (1960) and Marilynn Mendiola Camba (2014).
The Camba Family would like to thank the nursing staff of Main Pavilion and Terrace West at Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula; Hospitalist, Dr. Michael Davis; his cardiologist, Dr. Michael Galloway, and Dharma Naidu of the Palliative Care Team. These amazing professionals treated our father and grandfather with such dignity and compassion during what would be his last days with us; we will be forever grateful to them.