Vicente Lirio Tambo
April 5, 1945 – March 2, 2021
In loving memory of Vicente, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, who passed away on March 2, 2021 at the age of 75. “Vic” was raised in Binan, Philippines by his parents, Bienvenido Sr. and Isabel, in a full house along with nine other siblings who referred to him as “Enteng” (based off the last part of “Vicente”). As the eldest boy, looking after his brothers and sisters was second nature and he remained a devoted big brother his entire life. Vic graduated from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines in 1967. Driven by dreams and ambition, he relocated on his own to New York City in 1969. This is where he carefully navigated, planned and began building his new life in the United States. Vic was a proud Filipino-American. While he never stopped missing his home and family in the Philippines, he cherished and remained grateful of the opportunities he had as a U.S. citizen. While in New York, Vic worked as a Medical Technologist at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn for many years. It was in New York where he first met his wife Marilyn, before being married at St. Philomena in Livingston, NJ on January 10th, 1976. Vic and Marilyn had two children, Tricia and Chris, both of whom were born in New York and raised with unconditional love and patience. In 1981, Vic and his family relocated to Houston, TX, where their children grew up. He worked in the Immunology Department of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in the Texas Medical Center for more than twenty years. Vic worked incredibly hard, taking on challenges and making sacrifices as needed, to make sure that his family was always taken care of.
Vic had a passion for travel, the great outdoors and adventure, and was committed to sharing this passion with his family. This included camping, fishing, sight-seeing, annual cross-country road trips, and frequent trips to the Philippines in order to maintain the bond between his own children with those of his family abroad. Vic loved animals with his entire heart and had many pets (particularly dogs) throughout his lifetime. He also loved cars and enjoyed auto shows and events and was known to come home randomly with a new car on occasion. He always looked for opportunities to give back to causes that were important to him, whether it was for cancer research, animal welfare, or just to others in need. Vic had a contagious laugh that brought smiles to the face of anyone around. He welcomed with kindness anyone who was a guest at his house. His commitment to being positive and optimistic about life in general, was second only to his commitment to his children.
Vic retired from M.D. Anderson in 2002 and spent the next two decades traveling the country and all over the world, beating cancer, becoming a DIY expert in home upgrades, spending his time in his garden, and most importantly, becoming a grandfather. Being “Lolo” became his new purpose, and all the love and devotion he directed towards his family his entire life was re-directed towards his grandchildren. As with his children, he was his grandchildren’s number one fan and would drop anything just to spend time with them.
Vic lived life proudly and without regret. Vic is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Marilyn, his children, Patricia and Christopher, son-in-law Ryan and daughter-in-law Jennifer, grandchildren, Nia, Ivy, Zoe and Zachary, siblings Patricia, Wivenida, Bienvenido Jr., Celerino, Isabelita, Emeline, Susanna and many nieces, nephews and in-laws who loved him so. He reunites in eternal rest with his departed loved ones, his parents, Bienvenido Sr. and Isabel, sister Cyrnia and brother Roberto, and nephews Bienvenido III and Jonathan.
A Celebration of Life memorial will be held at a later date, after his remains have returned home to Texas and once the family can determine plans for a safe and/or virtual gathering in light of pandemic protocols. Details to be confirmed at a later time.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Vicente Lirio Tambo
March 16, 2021
I will never forget the love you have shown and given me eversince I was a child. You were the only person I ever said I love you beyond Heaven (lampas hanggang langit). The longest I love yous that would eeach up to a thousand or even millions until someone gave up and we would laugh. The first and only snow I would ever experience in the Philippines was because of you coz you knew how much I wanted to see and play with snow. I will never forget your smile when you saw me the last time you visited Philippines. You waved and reached to the seat next to you and told me you reserved it for me so we can talk and enjoy the ramen together. We laughed so much that time and I was clinging on to you like a child even though I was 30 already. I'm glad I was able to see you smile, hear your laugh, and held you. It won't be the last coz I will keep all the photos and videos of you laughing, speaking, and smiling, Kuya Chris and Ate Tricia shared to us. I will look at them and play them always. My love for you is beyond Heaven, Tito Enteng. I love you more than trillions. 💜💜💜 You're my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey. Anyway, I love you again Tito Enteng. Til we meet again!