Florante Primero Rodil
Florante Primero Rodil
  • June 24, 1931 - December 28, 2017
  • Spring Valley, California

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Florante "Dante" Primero Rodil, 86 years old, of San Diego, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017. He was born in Cavite City, Philippines on June 24, 1931.

On June 14, 1956, he married the love of his life, Remedios de Leon. They were blessed with 61 years of marriage and five children.

In 1953, Dante joined the United States Navy (USN) where he spent the first year with the Navy on ship as a cook and had the opportunity to cook for a Five Star Admiral for the Navy in Norfolk, VA. He proudly served for 20 years before retiring from the USN. After retirement, Dante spent his time with the family and worked at various naval facilities as a civilian.

Dante had many achievements in his life, but one of the greatest was opening his own restaurant, Manila Caf, in Downtown, San Diego what is now known as the Gaslamp Quarter.

Dante loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, walking, putting up Christmas lights and decorations, watching The Filipino Channel, and sleeping. Additionally, he also liked going on cruises and had traveled to the Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, and Alaska.

Dante is survived by his wife, Remedios L. Rodil; his children: Emeline Gaffud, Robert Rodil, Belinda Rodil, Florem Rodil-Separa, and Elaine Rodil-Cadapan; his son-in-laws: Elmer Gaffud; Bernardo Separa, and Dave Cadapan; his eight grandchildren: Eileen Lopez, Elesha Bacong, Daryl Delino, Evan Cadapan, Darren Cadapan, Paulina Separa, Fayline Separa, and Elana Cadapan; and his eight great-grandchildren: Daniel Stansberry, Dominic Stansberry, Desmen Stansberry, Mikayla Delino, Riley Bacong, Easton Bacong, Lyric Lopez and Arden Lopez. He is also survived by his sister Herminia Kenworthy.

A Celebration of Life Services and Visitations will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018, and Tuesday, January 16, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Glen Abbey Main Mortuary Chapel in Bonita. On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at noon, a funeral service will be celebrated in his honor at the Glen Abbey Main Mortuary Chapel in Bonita. Interment with honors will follow at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego at 2:30 p.m.