OBITUARY

Geronimo Pelayo Carpio

November 12, 1948July 8, 2021
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Geronimo Pelayo Carpio, age 72, of San Diego, California passed away on Thursday, July 8, 2021. Geronimo was born November 12, 1948 in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines.

A visitation for Geronimo will be held Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM at El Camino Memorial Chapel, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92121. A rosary with litany & eulogy will occur Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92121. A funeral service will occur Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM at El Camino Memorial - Sorrento Valley, 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92121.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.sorrentovalleychapel.com for the Carpio family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

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  • Rosary with Litany & Eulogy

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

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Memories

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Jennifer Camposano

August 3, 2021

Dear Daddy,

I am taken back to those years when my siblings and I were little... I remember you as the kind of Dad who plays with his kids on his day off, scaring me with your silly faces when the power goes off on stormy nights... I remember you being a
so organized with important documents which was why I dreamt of being a secretary when I grow up... I remember you keeping loads of pictures when we already had the money to own a camera and each of us having our own photo albums with cut outs of super heroes or flowers or just about anything. I remember you being such a good singer and buying me a multiplex tape when you discovered that I could sing too... you often bring it to parties and ask me to sing... You left and worked overseas when I was 2 years old... suprised me at school when I was 6, you were home from vacation... you totally spoil us whenever you're home... you are so good at sending letters, pictures, and voicetapes... then came the time when we seldom heard from you and we thought you forgot about us... I guess that's when whatever caused your depression took place... you came home a different person... until you and mom finally came to live in the US... we saw a glimpse of who you were before... everything was all good... until that fateful day in 2015... did something trigger the trauma? You became completely withdrawn and you built a wall around you that we couldn't penetrate... all I wanted was my old dad back... but now you're gone... and you left a void... I love you Dad with every fiber of my being and i never regret a single day being with you here... I would do it all over again... whatever made you sad, you took it with you... i pray that you are at peace now...

Your Darling Chinkee

Shirley Padua

July 22, 2021

Tito Gerry, Heaven gained a singer and a comedienne in you. The Angels, for sure, are so happy with you as their singing buddy, and you doing a sketch of each one of them.
Thank you for helping me with my very first job. Thank you for being our handy man, for being there when we need this and that fixed. Thank you for the endless stories which made us all definitely laugh. Thank you for your generosity and kindness. Thank you for bringing our wonderful cousins in this world.
Rest in the bosom of our Lord. Parting may be a sorrow. But knowing that pain has ended for you, parting then becomes lighter. Go and look upon us here. You are in a place far more beautiful than what we have.
May perpetual light shine upon you Papu. Amen.
PS: You wil meet our lovely Mom Up There. You both were magnanimous while still here. All our love to both of you.

Merlin Forster

July 22, 2021

Memories that I cannot forget when I was on my teenage years or growing to a young woman my Brother Boy (Gerry ) used to chaperone me to discos ,he used to tell me off as I was dancing closed to my dancing partner but that was a very nice gesture he really cared and looked after me well . When we were in Sampaloc Manila Philippines we were like cats & dogs always fighting but you heard of sibling rivalries quite normal but we really loved each other as brother & sister our mum was our referee blessed her .I will be dearly missing him . May you have eternal peace my darling brother I love youxxx

CYNTHIA GUINA

July 22, 2021

To begin with, it will always be a painful reality to deal with loss, especially of a loved one. Grief is one of those valley experiences which I now share with my aunt and cousins.

I would like to remember my uncle or Tito Gerry, as we call him, as someone who was the life of our family gatherings because of his great sense of humor. He really kept the party going with his jokes, laughter and songs.

But my fondest memory of him was during my college days. Whenever I had asthma attacks in the middle of the night, I always go to him for my anti-asthma injection. Afterwhich, I return to my sleep again. Yes, he was also a "nurse" to me.

Several memories linger on my mind but due to limited space, I will end my post by saying how caring, how selfless, how thoughtful a person he was. He had touched lives and mine is one of them. It is really so very sad to see him go and he will be dearly missed.

On behalf of my husband, Bart and daughter Jai, we thank God for the life that Tito Gerry had shared with us. He is now safe in the presence of our living God.

Tito Gerry or Papu, we love you. You will be in our hearts forever.

Arnold Aldana

July 22, 2021

My memories of Tito Gerry:
Tito Gerry was a joker and a sports-minded person.
We always play basketball during weekends when his children were still young.

Also, In my younger days, Tito Gerry was my mentor in table tennis. I became so good that eventually, he cannot win over me everytime we play this game. Humble as he was, he mentioned that student must be better than the mentor. Now that I am a father, I passed on to them what Tito Gerry taught me. True enough, now I cannot win over my sons. This is a legacy from him that I will always remember.
Not only he was athletic, he was also thoughtful. When he came back here in the Philippines from Saudi, said he had nothing for me as a souvenir so he gave me the RayBan that he is wearing . That was so sweet of him and touched me so much.
These were just few memories of him. Wish I could tell more. He will really be missed.

Arminda Mallari

July 21, 2021

My daughters had fond memories of my brother-in-law, Gerry. When they were still kids, they said he was funny, always joking and like a father to them.
He was kind-hearted, ready to help without being asked. One thing I could not forget was; I didn't know he already transferred my daughter Claire from Paranaque Elementary School to Almanza Uno Elementary School in Las Pinas City. He did it voluntarily so I would not be absent from work.

He is gone and at peace with our Lord but not forgotten.

Alyssa Osiana

July 18, 2021

One thing that Lolo gerry will always leave to me is how chill, witty, and fun person he’s to be with when you try to have a chit chat with him. I got to sleep in my Lola Zenaida and Lolo Gerry’s room so I got the chance to know their love story and hardships as a couple and as a parents. My lolo loves to joke around and tease my lola Zenaida and there will be a time when my jaw and tummy is already hurting from too much laughing because of them. I’m so grateful for all those “teasing and story telling” moments since it made my day especially when I’m so tired from doing my school works. Our go to bonding would be me going home from school and and asking him if he wants a good massage before he sleeps. Normally he isn’t the type of person who verbally tells that he cares but he’s more of a doer than a talker. Lastly this one precious memory that I’ll keep forever is when he left his phone charger for me because he knew that mine was broken. It may seem a simple act for all of you but to me it means a lot since he thought of me and my convenience. It’s really hard to cope right now but I really know deep in my heart he’s already an angel guiding and watching us with God beside him💗🥺

zenaida carpio

July 12, 2021

Dad it is really hard to accept the fact that you have already gone and be back to your eternal home.. The 45 years of our marriage is not been a bed roses but we survived all odds.. I know when you got sick we have been with your side no matter what .. Now with you leaving me for the rest of my life my eagerness of celebrating our 50th years will no longer happen.. Thank you dad for the love you have shared with me and giving sons and daughters to care for me.. I love you so much dad.. You are gone but forever in my heart..❤️❤️❤️

Patricia Mae Carpio Osiana

July 12, 2021

My lolo and I we weren't generally close being so far away living in the US. I barely saw him growing up .To me, he was kind of a distant figure but that didn't stop me from loving him as a grandfather. I was very fortunate to see him come home in 2019 not knowing it was gonna be the first and last time I was ever gonna be with him physically. But even then I'm still so thankful that was I able to see him personally and I thank God for that. I love you so much lolo. Rest in peace.

Alma Balistreri

July 11, 2021

San Diego, 2013, Merlin’s visit to the US
Back row: Lenny Balistreri, Angie McCall, Auntie Zeny, Uncle Boy, Norma Carpio, Merlin Forster, Stewart, Lerma Carpio, Peter Carpio, Alex Carpio, Antoine McCall
Front row: Kailaya Srisouraj, Alma Balistreri, Jelani McCall, Aileen Srisouraj, Jordan McCall, Kanoa Srisouraj, George Srisouraj

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Biography

Geronimo Pelayo Carpio was born on November 12, 1948 in Kalibo, Aklan. He was the 6th child of Lorenzo Popes Carpio and Julita de Felipe Pelayo. He was fondly called “Boy” or “Gerry” by close friends and relatives. He was a beloved husband to Zenaida, loving father to Glenda, Melvin and Jennifer, the best father-in-law to Niño, Mariquit and Dennis, doting grandfather to Alyssa May, Patricia Mae, Patrick John, Baron James, Kate Ricci and Piohan David, and lastly, a devoted brother to the late Evangeline (Jose), Alex (Lerma), Henrietta (Pete) , Edwin (Nimfa), Merlin and Peter (Norma).

Gerry was a graduate of the Technical University of the Philippines (formerly PICAT) and held a degree in Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education. He worked as a teacher for 10 years at Manuel L Quezon Elementary School and Justo Lucban Elementary School. Looking for better opportunities, he left for Saudi Arabia and worked for the Defense Ministry for 10 years. In 2004, he and his wife migrated to the United States. Settling in San Diego California, he worked for Qualcomm for 13 years.

He was an active leader in Couples for Christ, serving with his wife for more than 10 years back in the Philippines. Pre-pandemic, he served as a Eucharistic Minister for 15 years, also with his wife, at Good Shepherd Parish, and at the same time serving as a member of the Filipino Cursillo of San Diego.

He will always be remembered for his creativeness, simplicity, quietness, and his love for singing. He is a die hard LA Lakers fan and a basketball enthusiast. A handyman, he would love to fix things for friends and family when he has spare time.

The family would like to thank everyone who had offered their love and support for Gerry during this time.