OBITUARY

Dr. Enrique Cajayon Lopez III

October 25, 1953February 5, 2021
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On February 5, 2021, Heaven gained a new angel, Dr. Enrique C. “Jun/Rick” Lopez III, who passed away due to COVID-19 complications.

He was born on October 25, 1953 in Manila, Philippines and moved to Michigan shortly after where he attended grade school and earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Michigan State University. He pursued his medical education at University of Santo Tomas in Manila, completed his residency at Wayne State University’s Family Practice program, and met his wife, Emily, shortly after. During his career as a physician, he was asked to return to his Alma Mater as a Professor in medicine. Through hard work and resilience, he opened his own practice, served as Medical Director in various hospitals, and provided comfort to patients and families through hospice care.

His love for helping others was a passion of his but above all he made time for family. Whether it was hosting a family lunch every week or a family reunion every year, the importance of family was instilled into everyone who knew him. Patients and friends can attest that the love, kindness, and selfless acts from Dr. Lopez made them feel like family. When not taking care of others or spending time with family, you would find him relaxing, watching action movies, and eating his favorite ice cream. He also enjoyed golfing, skiing, tennis, playing “La Bamba” on the guitar, playing congo drums, and dancing with his wife or whoever could keep up. His bright spirit brought happiness to every person he came across and it is that joy and love that he will be remembered for.

He is survived by: • Wife of 33 years: Emelinda Lopez • Children: Michael (32), Joseph (30), Jonathan (28), and Monica (27) • Parents: Enrique “Henry” Lopez Jr. and Fe Lopez • Sister and Family: Lyn and Reg Stuart (Nicholas, Christopher) • Sister and Family: Teri and Manny Javier (Robert, Michaela) • Sister and Family: Cecille and Greg Glatz (Chasen) • Sister-in-Law and Family: Nellie and Mike Akin (Travis) • Sister-in-Law and Family: Debbie Gallardo (Bea, Ralph) • Brother-in-Law and Family: Dennis and Grace Gallardo (Denise) • GrandDogs: Maya (10), Bane (6), Mosey (4)

Funeral service will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church at 12 noon on February 12, 2021. Visitation will be held 2 hours prior at St. Thomas Aquinas Church at 10 am on February 12, 2021. Social distancing and masks will be required for all in attendance. For those who cannot attend, a link for a virtual livestream of the service is on this page.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be sent to: • National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, a nonprofit organization focusing on increasing education and awareness of infectious diseases, including Covid-19, to both the public and medical professionals: https://www.nfid.org or NFID, 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814 • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church: www.elcatholics.org or STA, 955 Alton Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823.

Recorded video of service: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRObkxvpT1g

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 12, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, February 12, 2021

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Tammie Trimmer

February 22, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Lopez. He treated my husband after a horrible accident and became like family! Honest and caring. He will be missed ~ may angels lead him in ❤️ Paul and Tammie Trimmer

Tess (M. Theresa G. ) Pido

February 19, 2021

We have known Jun ( Dr. Lopez) since we arrive from the Philippines. My late husband and I attended his High School Graduation Open House. Jun and I both worked at IRMC now known as McLaren . I continued working at McLaren while Jun went to Med. School in the Philippines. Henry and Baby, my husband and I became very good friends and they became our extended family. Jun became our family Doctor soon after he started his practice.
Jun took care of my husband, Tony, Sr. with a lot of compassion and continued his home visits even when Tony was already in Hospice and passed away in 2006.
Jun also helped me a lot with our oldest son, Pablo who also passed away in 2017.
Jun, you, Tony, Sr and Pablo must be having a great reunion right about now.
Now, Tony, Jr. and I are left without a doctor, not nearly as sad as Emily losing a husband and the children losing their Dad. Tony, Jr. is undergoing Immunotherapy for CA and when I told him about Jun's passing he started crying and we hugged each other and cried for a while.
Henry and Baby, I know what you are going through and we are not supposed to bury our children, but that is one of those things we have no control over. Jun is a great loss. He was one wonderful, thoughtful, kind and a very knowledgeable Physician. Dr. Lopez was not
only our doctor but he was family too. I consider ourselves very lucky, privileged and very proud to have known Jun and all of his wonderful family. Rest in Peace, Jun. We will always remember and love you.
Tita Tess and Family

Rick Savage

February 17, 2021

So Sorry for your family and friends. You were an awesome Dr. And caring friend. You are missed. Rest in peace.

Greg Messenger, M.D.

February 16, 2021

Dr. Lopez was a friend and colleague. He will be missed.

I first met Enrique when he was in my advanced math class in 8th grade. He was always very kind, friendly, and very enjoyable to talk with. I remember following one vacation, he came back sunburned from skiing out west. It was really quite unusual see the outline of the goggles, and the rest of his face was burnt. He looked liked Rocky Raccoon.

We then became reacquainted and caught up after we both entered private practice. He was an exceptionally good physician who loved his family, and enjoyed the business of medicine.

Enrique was a great man, and he will be remembered and greatly missed.

Cristina Raymundo

February 14, 2021

Continuation of A Letter to a Besy Friend;

Claire always reminisced the night you slept on a chair beside her to make sure she recovered from that nasty virus and the big spread Emily and you prepared on her college graduation in Lansing. That turkey and roast beef were a hit to my family. And of course I always requested Turkey from you and for sure it was so yummy and moist! Now, whose going to cook my favorite perfect turkey!

For Stephanie, you were her inspiration being a doctor!You were always there even on a text. Making sure she survived her MSU college days and medical school. You always had time to share special events in her life. Jun, that father’s dance on her wedding day meant not only to her but to US on how precious you were! Surely Claire would have love to dance with you on her wedding day!

Our last trip together was Feb. 2020 Philippine trip for my niece Kaila and Kael’s wedding. Dance all night long. Our Boracay trip was a relaxing one indeed! The 3 of us with our morning walks thinking we will be doing this more as we get older. That’s why we planned to come back this year 2021 to go to Palawan and join your college reunions. How dare you bailed out this soon!

Jun, you shared yourself to my extended family my sisters Beck and Eya and their families; my brother Eddie and his loving wife Susan. You were like Mary Poppins - pulling medicine from that magic backpack of yours! “Just the right spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down!”That magic of spoonful of sweetness was YOU!

You were the epitome of a doctor who cares and will do far and beyond to show your heart of gold to each one whether your family, your friend or your patient.
The irony to it - COVID TOOK YOU from us. That Dang COVID!

Although the lost of my best friend is heartbreaking, You are now in heaven the best place to be!!
WE LOVE YOU JUN! AND YOU WILL BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER!

Cristy, Stephanie and Nhat, Claire and Pratik

Cristina Raymundo

February 14, 2021

A letter to a Best Friend
Dear Jun,

The first time we met in NICU during your Family Medicine residency rotation was a start of our friendship. Never dreamt it would last a lifetime! Yeah ....you still have lots of hair then. LOL! Met Emily, your girlfriend, and of course, I was the third wheeler. You guys don’t mind and I was pretty comfortable.

Those youthful memories were still fresh in my mind traveling to different states with Emily and Edgar. The Chicago trips to Teri just for the weekend and night life, Wisconsin Dells, Las Vegas with Eya trying slot machines and sleeping in the van, and San Francisco to Baby to eat at Fisherman’s Wharf to name a few. Even with our busy life with our growing families, we kept these trips going! Remember the Cancun trip!

That friendship stayed all through those years. And we became each other’s pillar with every life challenges

You were the true meaning of a best friend and a big brother who was always there for every event in my life whether happy or sad. A week was not complete without a text or call to ask how am I doing or how the kids are or how’s work.
Your last check in your hospital bed was “How are the girls and boys?” Nhat and Pratik included.

The most endearing moment was when you called me each day for a year when Edgar passed away. A hello or a sentence or a question was enough to a grieving friend that you were there to listen to her crying spells. To note, text was not available 2005 but it was not an effort at all to you.

Always has a big heart who can take anything! Your everlasting support made me survived every challenges I faced. And surely, I had big heavy ones that you made it light and manageable by just saying “I know.”

To my children, you took to heart the true meaning of “Godfather.” The father figure when ones father was gone. No doubt about that! You have extended father’s love to my children since Edgar passed away in 2005. Claire was 8 and Stephanie just turned 13.

Karen Phelps

February 13, 2021

My family and I are so incredibly honored to have known Dr Lopez not only as an awesome physician but as a friend. I will never forget the love he showed to my family when my mom passed. He called my dad, my brother and myself to “make sure” we were all ok and let us know if he could help to call him. When I told my dad of his passing, with a tear in his eye he said, “the world lost a great man today” and I couldn’t agree more!

Although I never met his wife I know she is lovely because he told me so! I did have the privilege of meeting all of his children through the years - such a proud dad - he could not wait to introduce them, and it was so evident why. He did enjoy working with (and picking on ) his sisters Lyn and Cecille as well as all of his office staff.

All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Karen Phelps and Richard Foster

Gorsline Runciman

February 13, 2021

View recorded video of service at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRObkxvpT1g

Kenya Sekoni

February 13, 2021

I am forever grateful for the generosity of Dr. Enrique Lopez. When I finished residency there were no employment opportunities available locally. He afforded me the space and resources to start my own private practice within his practice. He welcomed me into his call group where I met other successful private practitioners. And so my career began.

Enrique always organized fun occasions Where we could all laugh and play as colleagues, friends, family. He was a wonderful example of how to incorporate one’s family into their career. My heart breaks for his family as they are not accustomed to “being with out him”.
God’s blessings over you all, may his spirit comfort you during this very sad time.
Warmly, Kenya Sekoni Etim

Roberto Anselmo

February 12, 2021

With Heartfelt Sympathy for the Lopez Family-

My wish for you at this time is one of peace and comfort as you remember the life and celebrate the legacy of someone as special as Jun.

Jun's kind, loving and compassionate heart was evident in everything he did as a family friend since the 70s as well as my doctor for several years. He will be missed and never forgotten.

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