Augusto A. Abarro
June 2, 1934 – June 24, 2012
Augusto Abueg Abarro (Gus), beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on June 24, 2012 at Paradise Valley Hospital at the age of 78. His final days were spent surrounded by his family. Gus was born and raised in Rosario Cavite, Philippines, to Mariano and Estelita Abarro on June 2, 1934. His parents, his brothers Filemon and Rogelio, and his sisters Priscilla and Lili preceded him in death. He was a loving husband to Germelina Abarro for 49 years of marriage, loving father to Gerly Abarro, and proud grandfather to Kristina, Kamille, and Ally. He is survived by his siblings Natividad, Flora, Arleta, and Isagani.
He joined the U.S. Navy after graduation and proudly served in the Vietnam War. He received many awards during his service. After 20 years in the Navy, he then served 20 years in the Military Sealift Command. Gus worked hard to provide for his family and never expected anything in return. His greatest joy was making his family and friends happy.
His hobbies included cooking, spending time with his family, and taking trips to the casino. Gus will be deeply missed and remembered by his family and friends.
He will receive full military honors on July 3, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Glen Abbey Mortuary.
- Visitation Monday, July 2, 2012
- Funeral Service Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Augusto A. Abarro
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February 23, 2013
Great to see a man who set the standard for all fathers God bless him and Family.
July 21, 2012
I am so grateful to have you as my Ninong. You have truly inspired me and I am grateful to have you in my life. I admire you for being so selfless and caring. You cared so much for your family and friends. You were such a strong person despite your illness. When we visited you in the hospital, we prayed so much for you to get better. You fought yourself out of the hospital when the doctors said your condition did not look well. You always had time to share a smile or laugh with us despite the pain you were in. I remember in elementary school, I had to draw a picture of someone that we wanted to pray for and that needed strength and I drew you. I still have that picture today. You have made such an impact in my life and I aspire to be a caring, loving, selfless, and an inspiring person like you. I'm sad that you had to leave but I know you are in a better place, watching over us all. I'm blessed to have another person up there, watching and guiding me. We miss and love you, Ninong! Can't wait to see you again!
July 21, 2012
Condolences to the Abarro Family. We love and we miss our Kuya August and will always remember him. He has made such an impact in all of our lives and we will continue to keep him in our thoughts and prayers. It will not be the same without him but we are thankful he has and will be a part of our lives.
July 20, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to the family of Augusto A. Abarro. We hope comfort is found from the promise of God found at Isiah 25:8,9.
Aenoi Williamson & Family
July 19, 2012
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find peace and strength knowing that he is with God.
July 14, 2012
There will never be enough words to describe how much my Lolo means to me, but I'll start off by saying this. My Lolo has been there since the day I was born. He was there for every graduation, birthday and any & every important event in my life. For 22 years, he took care of me every single day and made sure my every need was met. He never expected me to be someone I was not. He accepted me for who I am and allowed me to learn and grow on my own. I know that sometimes I was a handful, but he never loved me any less. One of my fondest memories I have of my Lolo is being his little partner in crime when I was young. He would take me everywhere with him whether it was shopping or just going with him to run errands. He loved me so much. I'm going to miss him telling me to be careful driving to school, to make sure I eat something before I leave, his presence, and also, most of all, his smile. He was no doubt the best grandpa ever. And the strongest person I know. After many visits to the hospital, severe or minor, he continued to fight endlessly. He is my hero and someone I will always aspire to be like. A fun, loving, understanding, compassionate and humble person. I'll love and miss him forever, but I know he'll always be here in my heart. Lolo, I love and miss you. I always will. Thank you for never hesitating to fulfill my needs and wants. And always having a bright smile on your face. Thank you for everything you did for me, Ate and Ally. I'll always be your "badjot baby". Until I see you again. Rest in peace.
July 13, 2012
You have been such a huge inspiration to me and that is one of the main reasons why I will truly miss you. You have done so much for your family and you were a person that never put himself first. You cared so much for others with so much love and compassion. Everyone admired you for that. Your acts of kindness will never be forgotten.
I can still recall how you would always come to our house to drop off t-shirts and sweaters when you used to work at the t-shirt company. You always wanted to make sure we had plenty of clothes to wear. You always gave them in bundles and I was always excited for that. Another thing that I will never forget is how you taught me how to drive. You were the best driving instructor ever! I will always appreciate the time you took out of your day to wake up early in the morning and pick me up so we can drive around Marina Pkwy.
You were such a strong person inside and out and I greatly admired that about you. You would always prove the doctors wrong when they would say that you were not going to be able to pull through whenever you were in the ICU. You proved them wrong twice and fought hard each time because you still wanted to spend as much time possible with your family. I can still recall how your strong willpower woke you from your coma and how I was one of the people that you heard spoke to you once you woke up from it. I immediately bursted into tears once you replied to me calling your name. I wanted to help you in every single way possible to fight the pain you were going through.
I will never forget how you never wanted to let anybody down, most especially your family. I can recall speaking to you at the hospital once you woke up from your coma in regards to you attending my college graduation from SDSU the following month at that time. "Ninong, you have to be there to attend my graduation. I want you to be there to see me walk and receive my college diploma," was what I said. "Don't worry Martin, I promise you I'll be there. I'll still be here alive when that happens..I just need to get out of this hospital bed," was what you replied. I held your hand and just laughed after that last line you said. Despite the physical pain you were going through, you still managed to be optimistic about life and put a little humor in our hearts. Just as you promised, you were there a month later at my graduation. I was so grateful that you were there to experience that happy moment in my life. I will never ever forget that day Ninong. Thank you so much.
You have been an absolute blessing to all of us Ninong and you will never be forgotten. I promise you that. Until we meet again Ninong. Rest eternally in paradise.
Marvin Calderon Jr.
July 13, 2012
To my Ninong August, thank you. You are an inspiring, loving, and hard working father, husband, grandfather, friend, and Godfather. I will strive to be like you: selfless. You always put others first before yourself. My family would not be the family it is today without you. Because of you, you brought my Ninang Hermie to the United States, who brought my grandfather Tatay Pikoy, who brought my Mom to this country. In a way you paved a path for my family. And for that, I am forever grateful. I am sad that you are gone, but I am sure you are watching and guiding us all. Thank you for all you have done for my Ninang Hermie, my Ate Gerly, and my cousins Kristina, Kamille, and Ally. Thank you for always believing in me, my brother and my sister. We are lucky you are our Ninong. I am honored you have graced my life and my family. As your grandchildren and my cousins always say, we love you forever. Until the day we meet again!
July 12, 2012
I would like to honor my father, Augusto Abueg Abarro. I want you all to know my Dad as a father, husband, grandfather and a friend.
Being his only child, I was very lucky to have had a father who truly loved me unconditionally. He gave me everything I asked for and even more than that, he gave me time to be with him and to do the fatherly things with me such as teaching me how to cook, on the weekends, going fishing and crabbing and taking me where I wanted to go even when he was so tired because he just came home from work. My Dad would have given me the world if he could because all that mattered to him was to make me happy and to give me the life he never had. I took these things for granted when I was young however as I grew older and became an adult, I then realized how truly lucky I really was.
It was very hard for my Dad to let me go to make decisions in my life but he did. He loved me enough to let me make my mistakes and not judge me. He was always there to pick up the pieces and support and help me whenever I needed him. Even at times when I disappointed my Dad, I never felt alone because he was always there to support me no matter what. My Dad would not let days go by if we had a misunderstanding, all I know is he would talk to me right away so that I wouldn't feel ackward towards him.
How do you thank someone who was so unselfish and always thinking about other people rather than himself? It's very hard to do this. This is my Dad. He would always put himself second and his family and friends first in his life. I can never say anything bad about my Dad because for me, he was the Best Dad in the World.
As a husband, he was patient and loving. When my mother had to work two jobs, he made sure our household would run smoothly. He would be there for me as well as well as my Mother. He would cook and clean and I could see that my Dad and my Mom worked together to provide me a good family life.
As a grandfather, he was the best, the very best. My children grew up without a father figure but my Dad made sure he filled that gap in my children's lives. My children didn't consider my Dad as just their grandfather, they considered him more as their Dad. My Dad had a way to make you feel you are special to him. All my children felt they were all my Dad's favorite because when you are with him, you were loved and taken care of.
For our entire family, he made sure to give them the opportunities to have a better life here in the states and to have a better future. However, my Dad never thought of how he helped our family. He never expected anything back in return but to see that we all have a good future ahead of us.
For his friends, he was a trusted friend and caring as well. If you told him that you were hungry, my Dad would buy you food or he would give his last dollar and tell you to buy yourself something to eat.
Now that you know a little bit more about my Dad, I want you all to know that he was a good and proud man. I honor him with so much pride, gratitude and respect. I would like to give my Dad my Eternal Thank You.
"Thank You Dad for giving so much of yourself to me, our family and friends."
"MARAMING, MARAMING SALAMAT DAD. MAHAL NA MAHAL KITA. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AND I WILL MISS YOU VERY MUCH!"
And from Ally Dad, you were her best friend and she loves you so much. I will make sure she doesn't forget her special memories of you and please protect her and guide her as she grows up.
Until we see each other again Dad. Paalam.
July 11, 2012
Thank you for everything you've done for our family. You are deeply missed...especially by your three FAVORITE grandchildren. We love you so much!
I don't know if you were aware, but you touched the lives of many people. I am so blessed and proud to have you as my Lolo. Every time I think of you, I hear your laugh and see your smile.
I miss and love you so much!
July 10, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take each day one at a time. I will always be here for you!! Love, Tamera
July 10, 2012
You will be missed by us, your friends and family members.Your legacy will forever stay in the minds and hearts of those you have touched. You were a simple, bright, and honest man.Your smile brought life to everyone. You've been kind to us all!May you rest in peace forever!
Gloria & Marc Bagtas
July 9, 2012
Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.
July 8, 2012
Thank you for everything you did for me and my children. You will be missed very much. You are the best Dad and Grandfather in the world.
July 3, 2012
I will always treasure the fond memories we shared together. I love you my very best friend.
July 3, 2012
My thoughts and prayers to the Abarro Family.
June 30, 2012
May the memories that mean the most to you will forever be in your heart. Art and Ching Galarpe
June 29, 2012
Thank you so much for everything. For helping our family to come here in the states for a better life. Thank you for the love you show to us. I will miss you so much. I love you! Love, Germie
June 28, 2012
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH LOLO!
YOUR MY BEST FRIEND AND THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME UNCONDITIONALLY. I WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH!
June 27, 2012
Dear Abarra Family,
I am sorry to hear about your loss. You can draw comfort from drawing close to the God of comfort.
The Malone Family
June 26, 2012
I love you forever Lolo!