OBITUARY

Antonio "Tony" Gomez Basilio

February 21, 1932February 10, 2020

Antonio “Tony” Gomez Basilio, born on February 21, 1932 in Tacloban City, Leyte Philippines, was the third son of seven children born to Domingo Basilio and Aurelia Gomez.

In his formative years, he attended school at St. Paul and Leyte Colleges in Tacloban City. While at school, he pursued his love for basketball and played varsity level. After college, he worked at the Tacloban Ice Plant and Electric Company.

Tony met Jesusa “Sesing” Songalia in Tacloban City and wed in holy matrimony on March 24, 1956 in Giporlos, Samar. They were blessed with four children: Jerry, Tony Jr. “Junjie”, Rosanne “Iday” and Jessamine.

One year after Sesing was establishing residency in the United States, Tony along with their three young children arrived in Los Angeles in August 1967. Tony worked several odd jobs including the Flower Mart in Downtown Los Angeles until settling into a permanent position in 1971 at Sierra Electric Company in Gardena, California. Due to his continuous strong work ethic, he was promoted several times and retired as a Shift Supervisor in 1992; working with the company for 21 years.

Tony was very outgoing, personable, and funny. Lighthearted in nature, with a love for life and a good time. He had natural charisma and made the people around him feel comfortable and at ease. He was truly the life of the party, hosting many weekend gatherings that would often last until morning. Tony had many hobbies; many things he simply loved to do. He continued his love of basketball and joined an adult basketball league in the U.S. He also enjoyed the sport of fishing and would have loved to continue fishing well into his retirement, had it not been for his health. He enjoyed family gatherings and activities, which led to many family road trips, family vacations, and family camping trips around the United States, Canada, and Mexico. During retirement, he also was able to travel internationally with Sesing and visited several countries which included China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Portugal, Spain and France. He also loved to cook and experimented constantly with meals for the family, especially after watching a cooking show on television.

Unfortunately, on February 10, 2020, Tony succumbed to complications from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) which led to heart and kidney failure. He is survived by his sons, Jerry and Tony, his daughters, Rosanne and Jessamine, his grandchildren, Morgan and Taylor, his great granddaughter, Aziel Isabella, his sister, Purie Basilio Miklja, and his brother, Feliciano Basilio.

It is with deep sorrow that we have lost a loving father, grandfather, and brother. But we are comforted knowing that he is now reunited with our Lord, Jesus Christ and his wife, Sesing, and is no longer suffering. May perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Services

20 February

Reception

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Mortuary

Willow Center

11500 Arlington Ave
Riverside, CA 92505

20 February

Visitation

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Mortuary

Harlow Memorial Chapel

11500 Arlington Ave
Riverside, CA 92505

20 February

Rosary Service

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Mortuary

Harlow Memorial Chapel

11500 Arlington Ave
Riverside, CA 92505

22 February

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Mortuary

Harlow Memorial Chapel

11500 Arlington Ave
Riverside, CA 92505

22 February

Committal Service

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Memorial Park

11500 Arlington Ave
Riverside, CA 92505

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