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ANTONIO (TONY) NAFARRETE NAVASCA (published on March 06, 2010)



ANTONIO (TONY) NAFARRETE NAVASCA 1914 2010 Tuesday, March 2, 2010, surrounded by the love of his family, Tony peacefully passed away at the age of 96. He is survived by his loving wife Salome (Sally) of 68 years, and daughters Ruth (aka Boots) Provitina and Thelma Morton. Also left to mourn are his grandchildren Mark Morton (Danielle), Tania Orr (Shayne), Hope Suh (Ben), Grazia Bermisa (Gerald) and Catheryn Morton. He is missed by his great-grandchildren Courtney and Kyle Morton; Joshua, Emma and Olivia Suh; Ainsley and Shelby Orr; and Vanessa, Sabrina and Sasha Bermisa. He is lovingly remembered by his grandnephews and nieces: Ronald Navasca (Rhonalyn), Edison Navasca (Monique), Melvyn Navasca (Jeannevie), Prakash Dara, and Ashley and April Bautista. Additionally his great-grandnephews and nieces: Jennifer, Kryshan and Khrystle Navasca, Maria and Marcus Navasca, and Patrick and Matthew Navasca, as well as his adopted daughter, Claire Cazakoff and granddaughter, Donna (Sean). Tony is also survived by numerous sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews and family friends. Tony was predeceased by his parents Mateo and Tomasa; his eight brothers: Laureano, Jose, Alejandro, Emilio, Hilario, Dionisio, Edwardo and Celedonio; and granddaughter Jennifer Morton. Tony was the seventh son born on January 16, 1914, in Agno, Pangasinan, Philippines. In 1940, he became a Patrolman for the Manila Police Department. He married Salome Fran in 1941 after a four year courtship. He progressed at work through the ranks of Detective and then Police Corporal where he was in charge of his own precinct. During that time he graduated from Arellano University in 1948 and Philippine Law School in 1952. He passed the Bar Examination in 1953 on his first attempt. He began his immigration process to Canada in 1968, sponsored by his daughter Thelma. In the following years, Tony closed his law practice and retired from the MPD. In 1970 he settled in Canada where he worked at St. Boniface Hospital for 10 years and then the Montcalm Hotel. Tony maintained his Filipino ties in Canada. He was actively engaged with Magdaragat Philippines. In his involvement with the Philippine Association of Manitoba, he devoted his time to the Filipino Seniors community, the Knights of Rizal, founded the Filipino Rondalla and co-founded the Agno Winnipeg Association and Timpuyog Ti Ilocano. Tony enjoyed traveling to the Philippines, Europe, California, Chicago and Alberta to visit relatives. When he wasn't travelling, Tony could be found in the garden, fishing, playing mahjong and tinkering around the house. His greatest enjoyment was being with Sally, surrounded by the family's young ones. The family thanks the staff of 6E at St. Boniface Hospital for their compassionate care and kindness. Special thanks to nurses Bryan, Taryn, Chelsea and David. Lamay will be held on Sunday and Monday, March 7 and 8, 2010, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. (south of the Royal Canadian Mint). A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at Christ the King Parish, 847 St. Mary's Road, with interment and reception following at Glen Lawn. GLEN LAWN FUNERAL HOME 982-7550


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