Ricardo Cruz Gatchalian M.D.
March 27, 1933 – April 28, 2019
Ricardo Cruz Gatchalian, M.D. Inverness, Florida formerly of Parma, Ohio, passed away on April 28, 2019 (Divine Mercy Sunday).
He was born on March 27,1933, to Pascual, Sr. and Iluminada C. Gatchalian. After completing his medical degree from University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, Ricardo immigrated to the United States in 1956 to continue his medical training and residency. At a chance introduction by a classmate (and now brother-in-law), he met Teresita C. Juguilon, M.D. They were married in December 1961. They resided in Cleveland, Ohio to fulfill residency training at Deaconess Hospital of Cleveland.
They returned to the Philippines for a required 2-year stay before becoming permanent U.S. residents. He was accepted as a staff physician at the Cleveland Veterans Administration/Brecksville division. He enjoyed a lifetime of service with the V.A. retiring in 1992 after having a triple coronary bypass. Ricardo and Teresita relocated to Inverness, Florida in 1998 after her retirement. Ricardo was preceded in death by his parents Pascual Sr. and Iluminada C. Gatchalian; four brothers, Pascual Jr., Leonardo, Edgardo, and Alfredo. And survived by youngest sibling, Teresita Gatchalian Zamora. He is survived by his beloved wife, Teresita and four children: Eric, Marissa Maslar (Mark), Michael and Maribeth Gatchalian (John Mooney) and grandchildren, Bayley Kuhlman-Gatchalian, Liam Mooney and Kieran Mooney.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 10:00 am at St. Albert the Great Church, 6667 W Wallings Road in North Royalton 44133. Committal services will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 14609 Brookpark Road in Brook Park.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to all family, friends, colleagues and neighbors for their kindness, friendship and support.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the American Heart Association at Donatenow.heart.org in honor of Ricardo.
- Memorial Mass Tuesday, September 3, 2019
- Committal Service Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Ricardo Cruz Gatchalian M.D.
Bob & Carol SYKORA
May 5, 2019
Dear Tessie and Family:
This morning we took photos of the demolition of the Brecksville VA Hospital to send to Ric and you.
Shocked to hear of Ric passing. Enjoyed e-mailing with him all these years.
Fond memories of all the years we spent as next door neighbors.
May he rest in peace. As Jesus would say...well done my good and faithful servant. GOD bless Ric.
May 3, 2019
Dear Michael and the Gatchalian family, my sympathy, prayers and hugs to you all. You are blessed with many beautiful memories of your father. Love and God's Blessing!
Carol & Kelle White
Amador De Luna
May 1, 2019
Deepest sympathy to Tessie & children for the passing away of Ric. I'll remember him as a true friend you can count on!
Amador ( Ador) de Luna