OBITUARY

Sixto G. Lopez

April 6, 1934March 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.

Services

  • Viewing and Visitation

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, April 16, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021

Memories

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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 ❤️

Sanzoe Lopez

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!!!

Kim Royos

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 ❤️

Eleanor Lopez

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!

Tiffany Lopez

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.

Michelle Lopez

April 21, 2021

Gramps,
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!

Bud Agtarap

April 20, 2021

Grandpa,
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.

Pamela Agtarap

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

Nobida Family

April 12, 2021

May you rest in eternal peace. From your family in Canada. We love you Uncle Tito.