Mario Malit Suratos

October 9, 1946May 10, 2016
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Passed away unexpectedly on May 10, surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his parents Pedro and Primitiva, and brothers Doming and Berting. Mario will be lovingly remembered by his wife Virginia, children Tina (Jeff), Annabelle (Darcy), Jimmy (Maiko), Leslie (Nathaniel), and Jennifer (Christopher), and grandchildren Brianna, Noah, and Leyna. He also leaves behind his sister Pacita, Corazon Erestingcol - whom he always regarded as a second sister - and her family in California, and all his extended relatives here in Vancouver, including the families of Paring Soriano, Etong Suratos, Danny Suratos, Josephine, Aileen and Alberto. Mario will also be remembered by his extended family in the Philippines, and many cousins, nephews, nieces, compadres, co-workers, and friends.

Mario received his training at the U.S. Naval Base in Subic Bay, Philippines, and worked for 40 years as a Journeyman Red Seal Machinist. He had a zest for life and a passion for learning, which lead to a side career as a financial advisor. He spent his days going to the gym, playing golf with his buddies, and having coffee with the Oakridge crew. He and his wife Virgie enjoyed the freedom that retirement provided to go for soup at the casino whenever they wanted. We will always remember Mario as our Atog, an open and generous man, who enjoyed a good laugh and a nice drink. He will be in our hearts forever.

Prayers will be said Friday, May 20, 7:00 pm at St. Andrew's Parish, 480 East 47th Avenue, Vancouver, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 21, 12:00 pm. Fr. Vincent Nguyen, celebrant. Interment to follow at 1:30 pm at Ocean View Funeral Home, South Mausoleum, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby. Online condolences to the family may be made in the space below.


  • Prayer Service Friday, May 20, 2016
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 21, 2016
  • Entombment Following the Mass Saturday, May 21, 2016

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Arthur Trinidad

July 2, 2016

It has been 52 days since Mario passed away. We are still in disbelief, in denial and finally healing for Mario's untimely departure. He has been a good role model for me. Imperfect in some ways but a man who truly lived life.
He is not shy expressing his opinion. He walks his talk, highly intelligent with a gift of gab and hilarious one line jokes. I can imagine him now with his dancing shoes. Showing the ladies dance steps. We miss his baritone voice at the choir every Sunday.
Most important of all, is Mario's deep love for his wife Virgie and wonderful relationship with his children and grandkids. Mario thank you for leaving this
world a happier and better place. We will miss you and we will not forget.

Art & Margie Trinidad

June 1, 2016

June 1, 2016

Dear Virgie,

My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to you and the family. I was very sad upon hearing the news that Mario has passed away. The news came upon me just last week. I felt so bad not having a chance to pay my last respect to Mario, I really felt so bad and felt so sad. Mario was one of the nicest person I have ever met. He is very generous, compassionate and caring person. He will be missed tremendously. I will always cherish and remember our Couple of Christ household meetings every Sunday nights. My prayers and thoughts are with you. May he rest in peace and eternal light shine upon him.

Elsa Salvador, Burnaby, BC

Barbara Tomasic

May 21, 2016

Thinking of all of you. My deepest, deepest condolences.
Love to all.

Iphigenia Morales Stefatos

May 20, 2016

Auntie; Ates Tina, Annabelle, Leslie, Jenn and Kuya Jimmy - my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Uncle Mar's legacy remains in the generosity he showed my family as he opened his home when we arrived in Canada almost 30 years ago. I was too young to understand the importance and impact his kindness would have but now that I am an adult, I only wish that I had the chance to thank him for all he has done for my family. He will be missed.

Randy McCormick

May 20, 2016

... thinking of you ...

Susan Soriano

May 18, 2016

Words can not express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Mario will be missed terribly. We have valued his friendship, kindness and thoughtfulness throughout the years (40 years). We will miss all of our laughs, friendly competition and evenings of fun. We will always keep Mario's memories within our hearts. He always answer my calls no matter what and where he is. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. "Bong and Susan Soriano "

May 17, 2016

We know how hard it is to lose a husband and father like him. Our deepest condolence. Our prayers are always with your family.

Danny and Tita Laureano

Julia Aguila

May 16, 2016

We are very sorry to hear about your dad Anna! Please know you and your family are always included in our daily prayers. Cherish the loving memories you had with your dad. With all our love, Jojo andj Jayjay Aguila


Perhaps they are not stars in the sky,
but rather openings, where our loved ones
shine down to let us know they are happy.

Love you forever Pa