Alfredo P. Olfato, a resident of Chula Vista, California, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 10, 2024. He was born December 21, 1931 to Abundio and Marcela Olfato from the town of Naic, Philippines. Alfredo, known as “Fred” was the second oldest of 6 children. He was the only son and had 5 sisters.
Alfredo is survived by his wife Francisca, daughter Archita and her husband Joseph, sons Alfredo and wife Lorissa and Alvin and wife Chel along with 8 grandchildren: Carinne, Alexander, Lauren, Adrian, Austin, Andrew, Christoper and Aaron.
As a child growing up in the Philippines, he and his family witnessed and endured the occupation of the Philippines by the Japanese during WWII. This part of his life was difficult and he often refers to it as a sad time. Not having food and fearing for their lives, he learned to appreciate family and friends that help them survive. This had a profound impact in his life.
Being poor and being the only son, he worked to help his parents raise his 5 sisters. He worked many jobs, from fishing, being a day laborer in construction, to working odd jobs to help provide food and help pay for the education of his siblings.
In 1956 Alfredo was given the opportunity to join the US Navy. Although he only had a 6th grade education, he was thankful to have the opportunity. He came to San Diego, Ca. and went on to complete boot camp at Naval Training Center San Diego. After graduating he learned to be a ship serviceman and barber. Barbering was something he did as a way to make extra money. He served honorably for 20 years, doing combat tours in Vietnam and multiple deployments on various ships. After many different duty stations, he and his family finally settled in 1974 in San Diego. He retired from active duty in 1976.
He valued education so much that at the age of 46 he decided to go back to school and received an Associate Degree in Counseling from Southwestern Junior College. Though he retired from active duty, he continued working for the Navy as a barber until 1984, at that time he opened his own barbershop in National City which became known as Subic Bay Barbershop.
That was the beginning of his 30 years of self-employment. He became well known amongst the locals and military personnel of all backgrounds for his quality haircuts, friendly conversations and offering some friendly advice to those he met. He developed many long-lasting friendships with his customers and acquaintances. That was his gift, making friends. He always made time for everyone. At the age of 85 he finally retired due to health concerns. He said he really did not want to but ‘father time’ was telling him different.
He had a long life filled with many wonderful milestones. He loved many activities like playing guitar with friends (self-taught), bowling and fishing when he found the extra time. He will be fondly remembered for his work ethics and devotion to family and friends, always willing to extend his hand in friendship to anyone and always ready to help others. He never forgot what it was to have nothing and how family and friends extended their hands to help. That was a life lesson that he always remembered.
He will be forever loved and respected by those who had the opportunity and pleasure to have met and known him. He left a legacy we can only be so proud to have shared and lived. Thank you for all you have done and how you shared it with us.
“Proud American and Veteran “
May he Rest in Peace and God Bless
A visitation for Alfredo will be held Friday, February 23, 2024 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902. A committal service with military honors will be privately held at Miramar National Cemetery on Monday, February 26, 2024.