Felimon E. Legaspi
Felimon E. Legaspi
  • March 8, 1938 - January 12, 2018
  • California

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Felimon "Imon" "Fil" Esguerra Legaspi, Sr.

We announce with great sadness the passing of Felimon "Imon" "Fil" Esquerra Legaspi, Sr., age 79, on January 12, 2018 at St. Luke's, Quezon City, Philippines. His body was brought over to San Diego, California, where he originally resided. His visitations and funeral services follow:

Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary
3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902

Visitation (Main Chapel)
February 3, 2018 Saturday 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
February 4, 2018 Sunday 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
February 5, 2018 Monday 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Mass and Burial
February 6, 2018, Tuesday

Mass 1:00 p.m. Main Chapel
Committal 2:00 p.m. Memorial Park

Felimon is survived by his beloved mother, Esperanza Esguerra Legaspi. He leaves his wife of 53 years, Aurelia Venosa Legaspi; and his children, Claudio Legaspi, Felimon "Jon" Legaspi, Jr. and his wife Catherine, and Leandro "Andoy" Legaspi. He is also survived by his grandchildren Elliena, Francesca, and Felimon Charles.

He was predeceased by his sibling Sabina (Binang), and survived by siblings Lucila (Cila) and her husband Rolando (Boy) Reyes, Manuela (Eling) and her husband Norberto (Norby) Balza, Feliciano (Cano), Luciano (Boying) and his wife Estrelita (Baby), Susana (Susan) and her husband Rudy Ella, and Gloria. Felimon also leaves behind many relatives and close friends.

Felimon was born on March 8, 1938 and raised in Anabu Imus Cavite, Philippines. In his early years, he helped his family in their farm in Cavite. After graduating from high school at Del Pilar Academy in 1954, he attended the University of the Philippines, College of Agriculture. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1960.

He enthusiastically joined the United States Navy in the Philippines in May 1960. He immigrated to San Diego, California due to his career in the U.S. naval services. He underwent military training in San Diego. After training, in June 18, 1960, he was stationed at U.S. Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas for two years. In Oct 1962, he transferred to USS Fiske Radar Picket Destroyer where he was assigned to escort the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during the Cuban Blockade. Subsequently, he was transferred to the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York for two years.

In 1964, Felimon took leave from the Navy and went back to the Philippines for three months. He met Aurelia during that time, and they were later married on May 28, 1964 in Manila. Aurelia convinced Felimon to reenlist in the Navy, and he was transferred to USS Oklahoma City, flagship of the 7th Fleet during the Vietnam War.

On Mar 20, 1965, Felimon's first son, Claudio, was born at Sangley Point, Cavite City. He was transferred to various naval bases thereafter. From 1965 to 1967, he was stationed at the USS Bainbridge, CGN-25.

On August 19, 1968, his second son, Felimon Jr. "Jon," was born in Beeville, Texas. Felimon's family was assigned to the Naval Air Auxiliary Station at Beeville, Texas from 1968 to 1970.

From 1970 to 1974, he was stationed at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay in Guantanamo, Cuba where on July 9, 1971 his third son, Leandro, was born. From 1974 to 1977, he was stationed at the U.S. Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan as a custom inspector. He was last stationed at the USS Bradley Destroyer Escort in San Diego from 1977 to 1980.

Felimon retired as a First Class Petty Officer from the Navy in 1980 after 20 years. After retirement, he pursued his education at San Diego City College taking Construction Electrical Technician courses. He started working at the Department of Defense as a civil service employee in 1980, and worked for 24 years at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Coronado. He retired as a federal civil servant in 2004.

From 2004 to January 12, 2018, Felimon became a lifelong and productive resident of San Diego. During retirement, he traveled extensively with his wife and family to many European countries, Australia, Israel, Canada, multiple states in the U.S., and on an annual basis to the Philippines.

Prior to his passing, he and his wife were vacationing in the Philippines. On January 12, 2018, he unexpectedly passed away in Quezon City, Philippines, with his three loving sons and devoted wife by his side.

Felimon was a great example of a family man. He was a devoted husband to Aurelia, loving father to his sons, and a doting grandfather to his grandchildren. He loved to take care of his family by cooking daily delicious meals and doing most of the household chores. He never left the dining table empty. He was all around the house, and never stopped working. He ensured everyone was always taken cared of. He never stopped supporting his children and their respective families in any way he can.

As a son, Felimon attended to his mother's every need. He brought food each week to his mom even though the drive was over two hours from San Diego to Norwalk where his mom lived. His mom's well-being was always his top priority.

As a brother, he always thought about the welfare of his siblings, and visited them often. He ensured all his siblings lived comfortably and had a happy life. He supported those who needed his help and advice. He is the most reliable and dependable brother anyone could wish for.

As a friend and relative, Felimon was exceptional. He never turned down any requested favors or pleas for assistance. His smiling face always welcomed everyone who sought his help. His home was always open and a haven for anyone who needed a place to stay even for a long period of time. He was always accommodating.

He was a problem-solver who often looked for the best possible solutions. More importantly, Felimon was a spiritual man, and always read the Bible.

A quality that many attribute to Felimon is generosity. Indeed, he was a very generous man to his family, friends, and even strangers! His life is a testament to the motto: "It is better to give than to receive." His genuine love and care for