OBITUARY

Rodolfo "Ampong" Topacio Reyes, Sr.

September 18, 1926September 2, 2018
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Rodolfo "Ampong" Topacio Reyes, was born on September 18, 1926 in Imus, Cavite and passed away on September 2, 2018 in San Diego, California

  • FAMILY

  • - Reyes, Carlos and Precy
  • - Nepomuceno, Carolina and Benny
  • - Reyes, Rodolfo, Jr and Juanita
  • - Reyes, Rodelio and Bambi
  • - Reyes, Rogelio and Gem
  • several grandchildren, -

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Evening Visitation with Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Evening Visitation with Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, September 22, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment to follow
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June 25, 1950, Wedding Day

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Tatay and Nanay at their house in Malagasan, Imus, Cavite

Biography

Rodolfo Topacio Reyes, Sr.
September 18, 1926 – September 2, 2018


Rodolfo Topacio Reyes Sr. passed away at the age of 91, peacefully in San Diego, California, on Sunday the 2nd of September 2018. A dear Father to 5 children, a loving Grandfather to 20 and a Great Grandfather to 11 adorable Grandchildren.

Rodolfo was born on September 18, 1926 in Imus, Cavite, as the second of 4 children of the late Catalino Reyes and Juliana Topacio. He lived a happy and active life with his parents and his siblings.

Rodolfo or “Ampong”, as he was referred to by close relatives, was a very good friend to all. In 1946, at a young age of 20, he was approached by a GI Joe to shine his shoes and convinced him to join the military. He did not hesitate at all and soon was on his way to the receiving station at US Naval Station Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay area.

When his would-be wife, Gavina or “Binang”, was with her friends, she met Rodolfo, the man God has destined to be her partner in life. Rodolfo honorably courted and did everything that he could to win not only the love and trust of Gavina but also of her parents. He did all the chores and no job was too big or too small that he would not do to win the love of his life, Gavina.

The love that God has embedded on both of them led to tying the knot on June 25, 1950 in Imus, Cavite. Their life was filled with love and laughter, and it did not take long before Rodolfo and Gavina was blessed with five children – one girl and four boys, which made their life more complete. He dedicated much of his life working hard and was able to complete 20 years of military service during the Korean conflict and early start of the Vietnam War. His family was able to live comfortably through his hard work away from his family. Ampong and Binang invested on rental properties to supplement their income. After realizing how hard it was being away from family, Rodolfo decided to retire in 1966 from the US Navy. During his military service with the U.S. Navy, he was awarded multiple awards, including the Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, five Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and more.

After some 15 years being retired from the Navy, he decided to migrate to San Diego, California in 1982. Rodolfo did not waste time as he was used to working hard in the military. He immediately found work as building maintenance and housekeeping at the North Island Bachelor Officer’s Quarter (BOQ) in Coronado, California, and later on as a security guard at the old Fedco store. He made a lot of friends and a lot of happy memories with his co-workers. Sometime in the mid-1980s, he finally retired.... to spend time with his family, take care of their grandkids, and enjoy his favorite pastime – watching WWE fights and playing mahjong. Ampong and Binang enjoyed 65 years of togetherness, until she passed away in February 2016. It brought him a lot of sadness, but continued on with life for 2 ½ years to be with his family.

Rodolfo is survived by his children, Carlos & Precy, Carolina & Benny, Rodolfo Jr. & Juanita, Rodelio and Bambi, and Rogelio & Gem, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.