OBITUARY

Onofre "Jim" Martinez Geminiano

2 May, 194227 March, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Onofre “Jim” Geminiano. Jim passed away peacefully on March 27, at the age of 78. He is survived by his children, Alexa (Gordon) and Chris (Michelle), both in Alberta; beloved grandchildren, Kingston, Xavier, Ellia, and Leilani; siblings, Rosing, Norma and family, in the Philippines, and Max, Linda and family in California; and several nieces and nephews around the world. Jim was predeceased by his dearest wife, Evie, loving son, Nathan, his parents, and siblings, Ninay, Esing, Lydia and Manuel. Born in the Philippines on May 2, 1942, to humble and hardworking parents, Fructuoso Geminiano and Gervacia Martinez, he graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1965, obtaining a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Two years later, Jim fortuitously found himself starting a new life in Canada, initially working on an animal farm in Langley, BC. Because his DVM from the Philippines was not recognized in Canada, he worked as a research technician at the UBC Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for five years. At UBC he meet his future wife, Evie, a smart, vivacious and beautiful young woman from Indonesia. After they got married in 1970, Evie encouraged Jim to obtain his Canadian DVM degree. In 1973, Jim did just that, graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. They then moved to Victoria, and in 1976, Jim opened the Belmont Langford Veterinary Hospital on Goldstream Ave. They raised two beautiful children, Alexa and Nathan, but tragedy struck in 1993, when Nathan lost his life in a bicycle accident. A devout Catholic, Jim relied on his faith, family and friends to get through the terrible grief. In 1995, Jim and Evie adopted their youngest child, Chris, welcoming him to the family. Over the years, and especially in retirement, Jim loved travelling, going on several cruises and trips to Asia, Europe, and Latin America with Evie and their good friends, Elgie and Tony. In 2011, Jim dealt with the pain of losing Evie, who suffered through a two-year battle with cancer. Vowing to, “live life to the fullest and with no regrets,” Jim continued to enjoy annual holidays with his family on trips to Mexico, Hawaii, and Turks and Caicos; and embarked on several adventures, travelling to Machu Picchu in Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Tanzania, Tahiti, and Bora Bora, among others. Despite having major heart surgery in 2018, Jim stayed active, whether being connected with the Filipino community in Victoria, making new friends, or taking up new hobbies later in life, such as learning to speak Spanish, playing the guitar, and cycling. Jim accomplished much in his lifetime, taking pride in the fact that he worked hard for everything he earned, rising from humble beginnings to providing the best life possible for his family. Most of all, he was especially proud of his children and grandchildren. Jim’s family would like to thank all of his dearest friends who invited him to countless meals, shared many laughs, and indeed helped him live life to the fullest.

Due to COVID restrictions, a small, private memorial service will be held on Friday, April 9 at 11:00 AM PDT. However, the service will be livestreamed and recorded for anyone wishing to celebrate Jim’s life, using the following link: https://funeraweb.tv/diffusions/076b614e-9b66-4211-a5e9-62f9d877a2bc. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jim’s memory to your favourite charity. Condolences may be offered to the family at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/victoria-bc/first-memorial-funeral-services/3811 or alexagemini222@gmail.com

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LIsa Hartley

9 April 2021

Dear Alexa, Gordon, Christopher and family,

I'm so sorry to hear of Jimmy's recent death. So sorry, my memories of Jimmy are of his eagerness for everything. His family, his home, his next adventure. I know he will be missed, but I trust he will be with Evie and Nathan.

Blessings to you all.
Lisa

Mike and Jan Stanger

6 April 2021

Alexa and All family.
We were saddened to hear of your Dad's death and remember him fondly and our frequent meetings with Evie and Jim with the Youngs.
He was a soft spoken and amiable person who had accomplished so much in his life. Our last contact with Jim was on the Ferry when he was going to visit a long time friend in Vancouver.
The world is a better place thanks to Jim.
Michael and Jan Stanger. Victoria.

Rebecca Tamayo Rosario

5 April 2021

Dear cousin Alexa and family
We are deeply heartbroken to hear the loss of your dad, our uncle....it has been quiete
sometime when we last exchanged pleasantries with him. He has been an inspiration to us being a good role model
and a decent man... we grieve with you of
his passing. May you find
strength in God's great mercy...

Nanay Rosing Tamayo and children,
Virgie, Eping,Reby,Nestor,Marilou
Josie,Cesar &Teddy


Maria Marlen Posilero

5 April 2021

Uncle, we feel truly saddened that you are no longer with us...
While we mourn today, we also know that your mission on earth have been fulfilled.
You may be gone for now but you live forever in our memories...
Rest in Peace Uncle O.
From Siapno's Family, Camilo, Tess, Erna, Imee,Nida,Jess,Lynn and all your grandchildren in Phil. Canada, New York, London and Calif.
Our sincere Condolences to Alexa and Chris . Our thoughts and prayers 🙏for the entire family.

Angela Oakley (Yakimovich)

4 April 2021

Dear Alexa and family:
My heart goes out to you. I am very sorry for the loss of your dear father. It has been many years since our connections with your family, as I babysat you and your dear beloved bother many years ago, while living in Broadmead. You and your family have never been forgotten. Enjoy your darling children.
Angela

Jan Hare

4 April 2021

I am saddened to hear of Dr. G's passing. He was my vet for many years and was always very caring, professional and helpful. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family including sister-in-law Florien. I'm thinking of you and send my love.

Sophie Cerezo

4 April 2021

Rest now in peace,Uncle Jim...May the angels come to greet you and may they speed you to paradise...
Praying for the eternal repose of your soul,Uncle. You will always be remembered🙏🙏🙏
Tight hugs to you Alexa and Chris...Our heartfelt prayers and deepest condolences, too...

Melanie Geminiano

3 April 2021

My uncle Jim was so kind and loving uncle to us.he was a Generous & cheerful man.we loved him so much.farewell uncle till we meet again.Rest in peace.

Lesley Wood

3 April 2021

I remember Dr. Geminiano from 1974, when he was one of the 9 veterinarians who opened the Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital, where I was one of the original vet assistants. He was an excellent veterinarian and was popular with all of us for his cheerful, friendly manner. But what I most remember was, a few times, walking by as he was calling his wife, Evie. He always sounded so happy and excited when he'd say her name -- I thought they were newlyweds! I've often thought of him over the years and was glad to read he'd led a full and good life.
My sincere sympathy to his family
Lesley Wood

Lorraine Stundon

3 April 2021

I have never met such a quiet more dignified person.

For years as I rescued cats “Dr. G” helped me care for and treat the forgotten.

As my bills mounted he was kind enough to let me make payments. 13 wonderful cats later, that I kept from those rescued , they had long happy lives.

In many ways I know Dr. G. will be happy to be with his wife and son.
My thoughts with family and friends.

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