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OBITUARY

Gregorio Bergado Ellazar

May 25, 1928September 1, 2020
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Gregorio Bergado Ellazar, 92 years old, passed away peacefully in his sleep in Kempsville Health & Rehab Center in Virginia Beach. Gregorio was one of ten children, born on May 25, 1928 in the town of Urdaneta, Pangasinan in the Philippines to Federico and Lucia (Bergado) Ellazar. In 1955, he joined the US Navy to follow his American dream. Approximately 10 years later while on leave in the Philippines, he accompanied his brother to a dental appointment. It was there that he met his future wife, Fe Padua. Through countless love letters between Fe in the Philippines and Greg at sea, they fell deeper in love. After a year of written correspondence, he returned to the Philippines where they were married in 1966. They were soon blessed with two daughters, Genevieve and Donna and her spouse, Jay. Throughout his military career, he visited numerous countries including England, Japan, Spain and Italy to name a few. Gregorio spent his time in the Navy serving the United States with pride, and after 23 years, he decided to retire in Virginia. Retirement did not last too long for an active man, and soon, he returned to work as a civilian. His leisurely days in Virginia Beach were happily spent doing the things he loved the most; bowling, fishing and gardening. He stayed close to his long time friends but with his unique sense of humor and magnetic personality he made new friends no matter where he went. He spent time with his family, for his family, and eventually became Grandpa to 4 grandchildren who also carry on his spirit: Lauren, with her passion for fighting against injustice and inequality while emitting a sense of love and leadership for the family; Eric, in his unwavering patriotism, commitment to hard work and compassion to help others; Joey’s ability to calm the chaos, his love for music, art and quiet strength; Hannah’s fondness of children, determination to get things done, living by her own rules and adventurous nature. These are only a few of the qualities he passed down. His spirit will live on.

He wasn’t a man of many words but led by example. He followed his American Dream, considered himself a Filipino and an American embracing both cultures equally. He had an ability to see good in everyone he met, built bridges between people of all backgrounds and practiced the basic Golden Rule. It is appropriate that Gregorio will be laid to rest on 9/11. A day that began in tragedy but ended in unity. Rather than spending his time on earth dividing people by their differences, he saw to prosper in unity.

Funeral services will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home at 6329 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23502. Viewing at 10am, services at 12pm, burial at 1pm, small reception to follow at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.WoodlawnNorfolk.com. The funeral service will be streamed via Facebook Live on the Woodlawn Funeral Home & Woodlawn Memorial Gardens Facebook page.

  • FAMILY

  • Fe Padua Ellazar, Wife (deceased)
  • Genevieve, Daughter
  • Donna (Jay), Daughter
  • Lauren, Granddaughter
  • Eric, Grandson
  • Joey, Grandson
  • Hannah, Granddaughter

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jay Panesar, Active Pallbearer
  • Joseph Orthman, Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Hollet Warner, V, Active Pallbearer
  • Marcial Ellazar, Active Pallbearer
  • Junel Reyes , Active Pallbearer
  • Mel Ajero, Active Pallbearer
  • Michael Ajero, Active Pallbearer
  • Cesar Reyes Benitez, Sr., Honorary Pallbearer
  • Romulo Ellazar, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mark Ajero, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Burial

    Friday, September 11, 2020

Memories

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Lauren Orthman

September 24, 2020

3/3

Of course, I think I'll always wish that he could have cheered me on as I walk across the stage at ODU with a Bachelor's like my mom and her sister before me, and I would have loved to walk down the aisle with him watching on as I say my vows, wed, and live happily ever after with a partner who will love me forever, but I know he will enjoy seeing me live the rest of my life with an even better view from heaven next to my Lola. 

I love you always, grandpa. Ayayaten ka. Mailiwak kenka unay unay.

Lauren Orthman

September 24, 2020

2/3

Sure, my grandpa had his standards and ideals in mind for all of his grandkids - go to school, graduate, get a job, and live an honest life. Although we may not be following such a straightforward path to achieving those things, I know we are all carrying on his legacy in our own ways and making him proud to watch down on us. Even though some people may look down on me based on certain characteristics I do or don't have as a mixed-race, half-Filipina granddaughter - not knowing how to speak Tagalog or Ilocano, not going through Confirmation to become a devoted Catholic in the church's eyes, not having a college degree, etc., none of it ever stopped him from loving me. 

My grandpa always saw me for so much more than what I show the world at face value. Unlike so many people who I meet in my daily life, whether I'm hard at work as a server in a traditional "American" restaurant and I'm asked by guests where I'm "really" from after I explain how I was born and raised here and my family has lived Virginia for generations; whether I'm out on the town minding my own business off-the-clock and I am approached by people interested in me due to what they say is my "exotic" or "different" look; whether it's from other family members - on my Filipino, my Irish, or my German side of the family - who may not relate to me because I am simultaneously a mixture of some of my ancestors' wildest dreams and their worst nightmares.

I could always count on my grandpa to see me for me... even though I know he'd definitely look at me differently if I came home with a tattoo on my skin. I know that I'm not nearly done living my life to the fullest, just like my grandpa when he was my age. 

Lauren Orthman

September 24, 2020

My condolence is a bit lengthy, so this will be the first of three entries.

Where to even start with my connection to my grandfather, Gregorio? I couldn't possibly begin to explain the infinite ways my grandpa has forever impacted my life. He has been there since before the beginning of my life, long before my birth, and his decision to move to this country and trailblaze his way through life for the future generations is one that I will never take for granted.

The timing of my grandpa's death was pretty uncanny. I turned 27 earlier this year, so that makes me right around the same age as my grandpa when he joined the US Navy in 1955. Being the eldest of his four grandchildren, I feel blessed to have over 27 years worth of memories of him in my life.

Not only was he present for all of his grandchildren's births - he made sure to stick around for everything in between - Baptisms, First Communions, graduations, birthdays, band concerts, and more... except, no weddings. I know he would ask me at certain points in my life, "When are you getting married?", which I highly suspect was a trick question because a) he wanted me to prioritize my own health and well-being first, and b) he knew no one in my life, at least up until this point, was worthy of spending the rest of their life with me. He's met a boy or two throughout the years, but he never had to tell me directly for me to sense that he never thought they were good enough for me. Plus, my Lola was only 29 when she met my grandpa in the Philippines... NOT THAT I'M LOOKING, but the point is, I know I have much more life to live and other things to focus on - like my Lola did when she graduated dental school despite all the hardships her side of the family faced living in the Ilocos Sur region of the Philippines in the early-mid 1900s.

Hollet Warner

September 17, 2020

Hi grandpa, it’s Eric. Nobody else could really compare to you, you enjoyed your time here on earth. I remember you best when you were on the beach. You took us on the Navy base and we would just sit for hours fishing. You taught us how to fish. You were always the man of the sea and I think that it called to you. You spent 23 years in the Navy, which I can’t even imagine spending 20 years in the military. You sailed halfway throughout the world just to start your life here. That shows a huge amount of risk and you decided to take it for your family, for your future, for your kids and for your grandkids. For everyone that attended your ceremony and for everyone you knew and cared for, I’m sure that you are proud to look at them through heaven and see what they have become and what they grow to be. You traveled the world with your family and that’s only something I could hope to achieve. You went on your own adventure and I loved that about you, and it’s a path I hope to follow. He loved his life here, but I just know he’s relaxing on a beach in heaven with Lola

Hannah Warner

September 17, 2020

Dear Grandpa,

Thank you for teaching me to fish,
Spending long hours standing in the hot sand and water
Hoping to grant our wish

Thank you for teaching me how to crab,
For casting down that big metal net
And waiting patiently even though I felt a grab,
You’d say “oh no, not quiet yet”

Thank you for teaching me to paint conch shells because I haven’t done that before,
I still have that red and white one you did with a bowling ball
But mine never turned out as good as yours

Thank you for teaching me how to bowl
I know how Much you disliked me using the ramp and bumpers all the time
But that’s ok, I know you’d never tell a soul
cuz I couldn’t stay in the lines

You taught me that we should get krispey kream donuts every week
It taught me that the little things in life can just be that sweet

Through tough times I knew how much you cared for people, you’d want everyone to smile
I know this because the last time something sad happened,
You made me laugh for miles

Thank you for teaching me that true love still exists,
I could see it when you would stare at Lulas pictures
So I knew as soon as you got to heaven, you two surely would have kissed
I knew how much you missed her

I was so lucky to have a grandpa like you
You were the part of summer I looked most forward to
I’m sorry I wasn’t able to see you before you had to go away,
But this isn’t a goodbye,
More of a see you sometime soon another day.

Jay Panesar

September 17, 2020

Hi my name is Jay.
I am Donna’s husband.
I haven’t known dad/Greg as long as many of you, but sometimes you don’t have to know a person for very long before you realize they are special.
Dad was warm hearted, funny and mischievous.
He didn’t have much of a filter as those of you who were close to him well know, but that was just him.
He told you exactly what was on is mind.
He alway drew people to him with his magnetic personality. Whether it was someone he knew or just someone at Walmart
My fondest memory of him is him teaching me how to fish at the base.
Even though I lost about 3 of his fishing line weights. He was just so chilled out and relaxed taking it all in his stride... and just enjoying the moment. Enjoying life.

I feel he would like us all to take a leaf out of his book and endeavor to be like him.
Live life to the fullest, take risks and follow your dreams.

Jennifer Dizon

September 12, 2020

Uncle Greg had been a huge part of the Guerrero-Ragasa-Dizon family in Virginia. Uncle Greg was an extremely kind, humble and jolly person. He was truly loving to his wife and family. We love and miss him. May he and Auntie Fe rest in eternal peace.

The Ajero’s

September 12, 2020

Hey Geny, Madonna and Jay!
Thank you for having us over post-reception. We surely will miss your Dad! Today was a celebration of his extraordinary life and with the people that all mattered the most, very dear and closest family and friends. Ariel and Riley were so excited and so thrilled to have reconnected with you all esp Joey, Lauren, Hannah, Eric, and Precious. They were so happy to see them again!!!!! Dad meant the world to us and this was what he loved, seeing us all enjoy being together like old times!!!

Again ‘much gratitude for the happiness and hospitality you always bring! Love u, Donna, and Geny, and all!!!!

“...until next time, my Cuz”
- Mark

Timoteo. Medina SAGUINSIN

September 12, 2020

I met and befriended Greg and we had great companionship and sometimes he shared some of the fishes he caught with me and my wife, Dolly which my wife cooked and we really enjoyed the taste of the fishes we ate. We enjoyed our camaraderie and good friendship. My wife, Dolly and I remembered that Donna and our daughter, Mary were friends and co-worker and they were also good friends. I will never forget the goodness, kindness and quiet demeanor of Greg during our good and long friendship.
“MAY GREG’S SOUL REST IN PEACE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”

WITH OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENSES.
TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY OF GREG B. ELLAZAR.

Tim M. &. Dolly. T. SAGUINSIN. &. Family

Jim Reyes

September 11, 2020

~~~Uncle George was not only great and wonderful as an uncle, but also as a human being. He left this world a better place and touched and left such positive influence in so many people he encountered along his journey called Life. Now that the sun has set for Uncle George,  the memories that he left for all the people he encountered along the way will be with us forever. ~~~

~We love you Uncle George!~

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Biography

Gregorio Bergado Ellazar, 92 years old, passed away peacefully in his sleep in Kempsville Health & Rehab Center in Virginia Beach.
Gregorio was one of ten children, born on May 25, 1928 in the town of Urdaneta, Pangasinan in the Philippines to Federico and Lucia (Bergado) Ellazar.
In 1955, he joined the US Navy to follow his American dream. Approximately 10 years later while on leave in the Philippines, he accompanied his brother to a dental appointment. It was there that he met his future wife, Fe Padua. Through countless love letters between Fe in the Philippines and Greg at sea, they fell deeper in love. After a year of written correspondence, he returned to the Philippines where they were married in 1966. They were soon blessed with two daughters, Genevieve and Donna and her spouse, Jay. Throughout his military career, he visited numerous countries including England, Japan, Spain and Italy to name a few. Gregorio spent his time in the Navy serving the United States with pride, and after 23 years, he decided to retire in Virginia.
Retirement did not last too long for an active man, and soon, he returned to work as a civilian.
His leisurely days in Virginia Beach were happily spent doing the things he loved the most; bowling, fishing and gardening. He stayed close to his long time friends but with his unique sense of humor and magnetic personality he made new friends no matter where he went.
He spent time with his family, for his family, and eventually became Grandpa to 4 grandchildren who also carry on his spirit: Lauren, with her passion for fighting against injustice and inequality while emitting a sense of love and leadership for the family; Eric, in his unwavering patriotism, commitment to hard work
and compassion to help others; Joey’s ability to calm the chaos, his love for music, art and quiet strength; Hannah’s fondness of children, determination to get things done, living by her own rules and adventurous nature. These are only a few of the qualities he passed down. His spirit will live on.

He wasn’t a man of many words but led by example. He followed his American Dream, considered himself a Filipino and an American embracing both cultures equally. He had an ability to see good in everyone he met, built bridges between people of all backgrounds and practiced the basic Golden Rule. It is appropriate that Gregorio will be laid to rest on 9/11. A day that began in tragedy but ended in unity. Rather than spending his time on earth dividing people by their differences, he saw to prosper in unity.

Funeral services will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home at 6329 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23502. Viewing at 10am, services at 12pm, burial at 1pm, small reception to follow at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.WoodlawnNorfolk.com. The funeral service will be streamed via Facebook Live on the Woodlawn Funeral Home & Woodlawn Memorial Gardens Facebook page.

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