OBITUARY

Amable Solidum Talamera

April 7, 1950February 12, 2021

Amable Solidum Talamera, born on April 7th, 1950. He came from a small town from Janiuay, Iloilo, Philippines, son to Antonio Alave Talamera, SR. and Richarda Vallejo Solidum. He came to the United States at the age of 17 as an exchange student. He worked as a cook and a dishwasher in order to pay his way through college. Amable went to Cal State Los Angeles and earned his Bachelor's degree in Civil Mechanical Engineering. He met his wife, Jessie McMichael through a friend, she is from Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte Philippines, a nurse at the time and worked for Queen of Angels Hospital.

Amable worked at Parson in Pasadena and Fluor in Irvine. He traveled all over the world working on various projects in places such as Kuwait, Saudi, China, Philippines, Georgia, etc. He retired from Fluor at the age of 65. He enjoyed life while getting older, especially enjoying his time in the backyard with his wife Jessie and grandchildren; Jasmyn, Bishop, Calvin, Addyson and Gracie.

Amable is survived by his wife Jessie Lourdes McMichael Talamera, his son Billy Jay Talamera and his daughter Methuselah McMichael Choi.

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Rose Prince

March 1, 2021

Our deepest condolences Jessie to you and your family...We
our sending you our prayers. We love you my friend..

Randy and Rose Prince

Tony Rubio

March 1, 2021

We were 3 roommates during our college days. Al, Eddie & myself all worked at Queen of Angels Hospital to get ourselves through college. We shared all our expenses, triumphs and heartaches. We fondly called him Mab those days. After I got married I lost contact with Al & Eddie. Thanks to social media I found Al, then Eddie and we reconnected. We were able to rebond and spend time to reminisce these past couple years. We will always remember you Al. God Bless. Rest in peace 🙏

Orlando Castromayor

February 28, 2021

I’m Orlando Castromayor. I have known Amable ( Al ) since elementary grade . When I transferred to Janiuay elementary from Calinog , he’s the first friend I have since I’m new to the school . In elementary and High school , Mab is very good in free style drawing and that’s my interest too . He excel in all subjects . We hang out together and do some crazy teenage stuff as if there’s no tomorrow. On weekends we work together to earn few bucks by doing some painting jobs and mixing concrete in school. Mab is mostly quiet but always a leader of any activity of our class . He graduated in high school as our valedictorian. In college we both went to University of San Agustin and took same course Bachelor of Arts . We were together for first semester until he went to US as exchange student . Since then we didn’t hear from each other .
Then , before going to US his father gave me his phone number and that started our reconnection of each other . We have a lot to talk about and reminisce our past . We were planning to see each other after 53 years , but the LORD have some plans for him . He joined the LORD ahead of us to prepare the place . REST IN PEACE my dear FRIEND and your LEGACY will LIVE ON .... 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Cathy Whorley

February 26, 2021

Growing up I always enjoyed hearing about the projects you worked on and the places you traveled to. You were quiet, but when you spoke you were filled with detail and purpose. You made places sound beautiful and different cultures sound awe-inspiring. You helped me draw face features on magazine clippings I would bring over, and you showed me how easy it was to make garlic butter rice :)

Thank you for sharing your techniques, knowledge, and your stories! May you Rest In Peace Uncle. We love you!

Rica Ann Louwi Onglatco

February 20, 2021

I am Rica, the daughter of his younger sister, Susan. I will never forget when I was in my last year in elementary and I was about to write my valediction when he asked me to sit beside him and read his journal entries about his life and experiences throughout the years. He was like a father reminding me that this life will always be full of ups and downs but it is in the struggles and pain that we are growing.

To Uncle Amable, you may not be able to read this anymore, but please know how grateful I am for knowing you.

To Auntie Jessie, cousins, and everyone—I may not know how painful it is for you right now, but please know that God's comfort and grace will enable us all to keep going in this journey called life. Continue his legacy—a life filled of hope and of goodness. We are always here with you in prayers. Stay strong. We love you!

Claudette Anne Talamera Cormary

February 20, 2021

Dear Uncle Amable,
We will forever be grateful to you. Thank you for all the love. May your soul rest in peace. Hug Papa and Toto Rainier for us. Condolences to Auntie Jess , to our cousins ,Billy and Methus and to their respective families.
Love,
Inday Claudette,Yann ,Antoine
and T-ting

Toni Santamaria

February 19, 2021

I am Toni, a niece of Uncle Al, daughter of his youngest sister. As a child, I remember Uncle as that relative who visits us in the Philippines every few years. We would go on tour in local places in Iloilo and Aklan, that one adventure in Boracay in 2006 being my favorite time of the family with him. But personally, I've had one very special memory of him, which was when I went to the US as a foreign exchange student in 2010-2011. Uncle Al, Auntie Jessie, and little Bishop were the first to welcome me upon my arrival in LAX. They brought me flowers. I stayed at Uncle and Auntie's in Chino. I've had fond memories of him driving me around the area. We grabbed ice cream, ate at Taco Bell, and had an interesting exchange about life. Uncle Al was a rather quiet, pensive man. He wrote beautifully. We regularly exchanged emails during my year-long stay in the US and I've felt less homesick and much more comfortable throughout the year because of his fatherly guidance and care. As an aside, I remember he cooked delicious adobo. This among many other things of how he was a great man and was able to touch the lives of others. His support and quiet confidence carried me through my stay and for that I am eternally grateful. You will always be remembered, Uncle. My deepest condolences to Auntie Jessie, cousins Billy, Methus, and the family.

Martha Pimentel

February 18, 2021

My fondest memories were of you and your beautiful family spending time together. You loved your family and enjoyed them to the fullest! You were always so kind to me and my husband and I’m so grateful to have met you. You will be missed by many.

J McMichael-Olivares

February 18, 2021

Even if I didn’t see you as much I would always think of you. I have memories that I will cherish forever watching the Pacquiao fight and especially the flying ninja that us few cousins will always remember.
May you rest in eternal paradise with loved ones (Nino Glen) that are home now. Until we all meet again..

Love always

Methuselah Santamaria

February 17, 2021

I am Al’s youngest sister. I call him Mab. I have very few memories of him because he left the Philippines when I was only 6 years old, and the next time I saw him, I was about to finish my high school. I got to know him better when he started to send me his literary writings about his deep thoughts on life learned from his experiences in Kazahkstan, Iraq and other parts of the world. Mab writes beautifully, very literary. His writings is full of soul. In his recent visits to the Philippines, we had occasions to share our thoughts on life, faith and family. We may not have been given much opportunity to bond and know each other fully well, but deep in our hearts, we feel the love of siblings. We will miss you Mab. We love you. You are now united with Mom, Dad, Tony and Rhodora in the loving embrace of God. Rest in peace my dear brother.

FROM THE FAMILY