Sixto G. Lopez
April 6, 1934 – March 30, 2021
Sixto Guzman Lopez passed in peace on Tuesday March 30, 2021 at the age of 86 with his wife Estela, by his side. He was born in the Philippines on April 6, 1934 to the union of Dionisio and Romana Lopez.
Sixto graduated from the University of The East in the Philippines, with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Accounting. He went into the service for training as a Sanitary Inspector and took a job at the Department of Health for a better position and to be closer to his wife, Estela, in the medical field. Before Sixto and Estela migrated to the U.S. in July 1967, Sixto learned he had exceeded the Civil Service Exam. Sixto worked for Firestone for 15 years, started as a tire sorter then later promoted to Supervisor. After Firestone closed, he worked for Fort Ord in shipping and handling in the PX. He retired from Fort Ord and started working for the Salinas Adult School as a campus supervisor to keep busy. In between all that, he played the timbales drums and sang with the “Starlight Band” and “Heart and Soul”. He enjoyed and loved singing his favorite songs at family parties (My Way and Release Me). His love for music was not unnoticed.
Sixto leaves behind his wife Estela, married 62 years on April 29, 1959, along with his daughter Eleanor (Stanford) and three sons, Sammy, Sanzoe (Kim), and Senen (Riza). He was a proud grandfather to Pamela, Jeremy Bud, Tiffany, and Michelle (Ben) and a loving GGPA to Izabella, Kaelah, Robert III, Nicholai, Chloe, Jaydin, Vince, Olivia, Abel, Bruce, and Venancio Sixto.
Sixto is loved and respected by many and he will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends. Sixto will always have a special place in our hearts and through cherished memories he will live on forever.
Viewing and Visitation
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, April 16, 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021
Sixto G. Lopez
Amy Nobida Lagrimas
May 6, 2021
Hi Uncle...I want to thank you for always smiling and singing! You were a great uncle and without you (and auntie) I would not have my kids Auntie Mama in our lives. She was my "Protector, counselor, big sister, etc..." growing up and a constant in my life today. We will miss you dearly, please say hello to my mom and tell her I LOVE HER and MISS HER everyday! RIP Uncle ❤️
April 26, 2021
First of all sorry for stealing your Seagrams 7 when I was a teenager. I always wondered if you knew it was watered down. You got me into music and I will always be greatful for that. What I will remember the most about you and what I want to be is young at heart. And you have beautiful grandkids that will always remember you!!! Love you and God Bless!!!
April 26, 2021
My favorite memory was helping out with the band by writing lyrics for songs, one day I was helping and ended up singing and the band and dad loved my voice ❤️
April 22, 2021
My Dearest Dad
I know that I was always “Daddy’s Girl”
Even when I got older I felt that from you whenever we spoke in person or on the phone. You always protected and shielded me and if I was wrong, later when we would have a private conversation, you would let me know I was wrong and advise me on how to be better. You NEVER EVER yelled at me and I always felt loved.
You taught me how to cook Pinakbet, Ilocano Style. Now I cook everything that way. You told me to put everything in the pot and cook it slow. You said this way of cooking will teach you patience, although my kids say “Our mom patient? That one didn’t work grandpa!”
Pam and Bud said that you taught them how to drive. You also taught me and we all became great FAST drivers.
You were always positive. You made us feel good about ourselves and proud of ourselves. You would say “KEEP GOING NO MATTER WHAT and ALWAYS DO GOOD!”
There are so many Special Memories I have of you that I cannot pick a favorite , a best or a funniest. Your jokes and the sayings that you made up will always be etched in our hearts forever.
There is one saying you would always say to me before we hung up the phone and before you told me “I Love You More Daughter!” and that is “If you are Okay then I am Okay!”
We are Okay Dad!
I LOVE YOU!
April 22, 2021
My best memory of my grandpa was watching him practice singing either karaoke or singing at a party. Then helping him take all of his stuff to the Gladiator van and then sitting in the front and listening to him sing to songs that were on the radio. Or my other memory would be waking up to see him in the kitchen in Sac and he's making us breakfast. If he was here now I would thank him for loving me like I was his blood granddaughter. I love you so much grandpa and miss you.
April 21, 2021
I don’t think I’ll ever be ready to write this. But, I made bok choy soup tonight while blasting your music through the house and it had given me the inspiration to write this today. I don’t think there will ever be enough words to express just how much you mean to us and have influenced our lives. While everyone will always talk about your love for music, I will also remember your love for God. I remember when you were in the church choir and you’d make sure you’d leave early on Sunday so your wouldn’t be late. You were probably the first one there. You’d even leave the house and we weren’t even finished getting ready yet! I’ll miss your singing, jokes, and the sound of your voice. From introducing me to bagoong and rice, taking me out for chalupas in the Gladiator, our trip to the Philippines, and all the voicemails I have saved from you, I will cherish all those memories forever. One of my favorite memories is from when I was a little girl, you’d look at me while we were eating breakfast and say, “My goodness you are so pretty girl! When someone asks you why are you so pretty say because my grandpa is handsome!” I knew you were getting older but I just didn’t think your time was coming. While you’ve watched us all grow, I still had a few more milestones to reach for you to be around for. I’m not done reaching my goals yet so keep watching me! I’m proud to have given you 4 great-grand children and have given you a Venancio Sixto.
Forever and always, Mahal kita!
April 20, 2021
You’ve taught me so much. Everything from teaching me how to drive to having an appreciation for live bands and live music. I remember watching you and how focused you were on your solos and how you would always look toward Grandma for her attention every time. I’ve learned to always wake up in the morning with a purpose and work hard to provide for your family even when you’re not the boss of the household. You’ve stuck with Grandma through the good and bad times. No matter what, you never gave up and always came home to her. You both have a love for each other that not just anyone can endure or withstand. To that, I will always admire your strength. You have lived a full and fulfilling life, filling our hearts with song and music. You’ve served the community through the associations, clubs, and church choir, and no matter how small or big our accomplishments were, you were the first to say how proud you were. You have truly impacted our lives with your smile and positive vibes. You leave behind a legacy through your kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. We will always share our personal memories, listen to your singing from cassette tapes, and watch VHS tapes of the good old days. You live through each and every one of us. With the Filipino flat nose, I will always remember you humming your karaoke songs and always finishing our fruits and vegetables. The last thing you said to me was “Grandson, when you get old, you keep getting sick and have to go to the doctors.” I replied, “You’re no longer a new car Grandpa. You are considered a classic now.” That’s what you truly are Grandpa. A classic. Love you Grandpa.
April 17, 2021
Grandfart...Growing up you were my father figure. You are the one who taught me to drive. I will always remember being a little girl and I would wait for you to come home from work and you would fix me and Bud a snack. One time you made us vinegar and cucumbers and you had just gotten done taking a shower and it tasted like vinegar and old spice.
I’ve been blessed to have had you for 41 years of my life and have the relationship that I have with you and Grandma. You were there for the birth of my twin daughters and you were able to see them graduate from High School. Baby Jos will always remember you singing in the garage for the neighborhood and you’ve been able to see me grow up to be the woman I am today. You will forever be in my heart and your legacy will live on forever within all of us.
I ❤️ You... Your #1 GD
Mae and Michael Ignatio
April 15, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers for comfort during this time of grief are lifted for the Lopez family and friends. Manong Sixto's kindness and sincerity impacted so many peoples lives. Loving family man, skilled musician and singer, he was generous with his time and resources. One of my favorite memories that I share of Manong was when we we finished performing at a gig, we loaded speakers, drums, sound system, instruments in his van; while driving on the highway, (Manong was driving) an impatient driver zoomed pass us from behind; Manong calmly said "Sigi, go ahead, I'll be right behind you". So true to his character, he is always behind us, supporting us, cheering us on to be better and do better. He will forever be in our hearts. Irreplaceable Dedicated Husband/Father/GG-Dad/Music Mentor.
Psalm 23 "I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever".
Greatest respect and Love, Mae & Michael Ignacio
April 12, 2021
May you rest in eternal peace. From your family in Canada. We love you Uncle Tito.
April 11, 2021
Dear Manang Estela and family,
Our condolences to you and your family. Manong Tito was such a gift to everyone. He was a kind person with a wonderful and calm personality! He used his gift of music for us to enjoy listening to him sing and playing in his band! He definitely left a legacy and will truly be missed! May Manong Tito rest in eternal peace in Heaven. Sending healing thoughts and prayers to all of you. May God bless and keep you all safe!
Love and Blessings,
Carol & Mark Alcamo
April 9, 2021
We celebrate you and I am thankful for the time I got to spend with you and your lovely family. Meeting your beautiful daughter (Eleanor), was a great gift that you gave me. She is one of my closest and dearest friends. I just love her and her family so much! Meeting you and your lovely wife was just icing on the cake. Much love to your family. May God keep your family in His loving arms.
April 8, 2021
My most fondest memory..wen we were kids & pretended to have our own band..taking turns singing...my most funniest memory was one summer anty estella made senen & i go to work at the squid factory (tht lasted only 1 day) i member being so grossed out having to touch tht slimy squid..wen we got home i told uncle & he told me i didnt have to go bak..(shhhh yes anty was mad at me..hehe)..you were a good uncle to me..RIP UNCLE❤️❤️