OBITUARY

Henry Rafanan

April 17, 1955April 17, 2021
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Born Eriberto Jose Rafanan, Henry was the fifth child of the late Urbano and Maria Rafanan from Asingan, Pangasinan, Philippines.

Henry immigrated to Seattle, WA in 1972. Upon arrival to the states, he went to Alaska to work at a fish cannery. He later married Nemia Umagat and they had two beautiful children, Rona and Jason. Henry spent 30+ years as an auto mechanic with 26 of those spent at Dere Automotive in West Seattle.

Henry's next chapter in life led him to the apple of his eye, Karin, with whom he spent 32 years with before going home to the Lord to be with his tatay, nanay, Manong Jr and Manang Norma.

He spent his spare time at Alki Beach and Des Moines Marina squid fishing and found excitement in delivering buckets to his siblings, that would all enjoy kamut inapoy, kilawen pusit and kamatis, sibuyas and bagoong. And if they were feeling mabisin, perhaps a side of balatong.

Henry is survived by the love of his life, Karin, his amazing kids, Rona and Jason, his pride and joy grandbabies, Adam, Jr, Ayden, Mia, Tyson and Miles, his siblings Manong Romulo, Manong Rogelio, Ading Gloria, Ading Rebecca, and a myriad of nieces, nephews and gayums.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Arturo Rafanan Devera, Jr
  • Christopher Alan Rafanan
  • Justin Rafanan Cruz
  • Jeffrey Rafanan Baquiring
  • Jerome Rafanan Baquiring
  • Ron Antonio Rafanan

Services

  • Public Visitation

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  • Saying of the Holy Rosary

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  • Celebration Breakfast

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Committal

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Reception to Follow

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Memories

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CARMEN (Frankie's sister) FIGUEROA

May 5, 2021

"KARIN"
I'M SORRY FOR THE FAMILY'S LOST
MAY HENERY'S SOUL REST IN HEAVEN FROM NOW AND FOREVER.
AND MAY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE PEACE ALWAYS.
-MY RESPECT-
CARMEN

Chanel Mariano Estebes

May 5, 2021

I’ve met uncle Henry when my sisters and I would visit my dad in West Seattle over the weekends. We would run around the apartment complex, the auto body shop and across the street to the convenient store. We would go fishing on the weekends to ocean shores and he would always call me Junior because I was the little Tom boy at the time. Throughout the years seeing him and auntie Karin they would bring up fond memories of us girls and Jason playing in that same complex. I’m so sad that I didn’t get to say goodbye to you uncle Henry, but fulfilled that you are in a place of peace. I’ll cherish the memories of my childhood and hearing you bring laughter and the no-filter talks to my everyday life.

With Love,
Chanel Mariano Estebes

Martha Linhoss

May 5, 2021

Henry,

The last time we saw eachother, the convo went as it always has:

"Hey, Pops!"
"Heeyyy, Curlyyy!!!" *comes in for hug*

We choppped it up about work and life for a few before I was prompted to get food, of course. You were always kind, always greeted me with a smile, and you most definitely were always lookin' fly. Your spirit will be missed, but your memory will still be here.

Rest easy, Pops.
<3 Martha

Jonathan (LJ) Domingo

May 4, 2021

I met uncle Henry through his nephew Justin (my best friend) and from there he took me in as family. He always asked about me and took care of me at family parties. He would say things like, "LJ, go get some more food to eat” or “there is more drinks uber there.” At every party or cookout, uncle was always ready for the occasion. Dressed to impress by showing off his crazy kicks or stylish attire and he always had great stories/jokes he would tell. It's sad to lose such a great person in these times. He was such a loving grandpa, husband, father and uncle and I’m happy to have been able to share memories with him. You will surely be missed and loved. Rest In Paradise Uncle Henry.

Jovan Laurencio

May 4, 2021

Hey Unc,

There are many good memories of your kindness throughout the years, but it would only be right to roll it back a few extra years to revisit some of the earliest, when you opened your home to an unruly preteen boy... and his cousin. For those years, I want to give an extra special THANK YOU.

Thank you for all the times you had Jason open the garage door so we wouldn’t bother your afternoon shows. It really taught me never to mess with a man and his TV. Thanks also for all the times you offered the tuyo, kamatis, and alamang. I never took you up on it, but that’s bc there was always candy on the table. Lastly, thanks for just being present and offering a space for a disorderly teen and his cousin to just hang out, chill, and repair a bike tire or twenty.

Love you Unc. Rest in Heaven.

Quincy Duckworth

May 4, 2021

Henry,

You are an amazing guy. The love, warm heartedness, and genuineness will never be matched. You will be missed tremendously. The day we met I said to myself, this OG is cooler than a ceiling fan on a summer day. Rest in Paradise Unc.

Respect and Love.

Always,

Q

Lawrence (Larry) Mariano

May 3, 2021

Henry is a father,grandpa,uncle,brother,mining,friend & a confidant.I’ve known Henry for over 25 yrs. plus.We call each other Compad in short means Compadre’.He is one of The Godfather of my son.He is so close to my three daughters when they are growing up.we’ve been fishing buddy’s for a long time.We have numerous fishing trips to Oceanshores. He is a good & excellent in his fields. I won’t trade him for anybody else.Compad you will be missed,but you are in our hearts & thoughts forever, I’m so blessed that I have a close friend & a brother like you. I love you Compadre’ and ti’l we meet again. May you Rest In Peace my friend.

Joseph Daquiz

April 28, 2021

We've known Henry since the early 90s. He took care of my dad's car and our vehicles since then and taught me everything about vehicle maintenance.
What I remember (and will miss) most about Henry is he always told you the straight up truth about LIFE.

Seeya soon, Uncle!
Ben
Joseph

Jillian Rafanan

April 27, 2021

Uncle Henry was the absolute best! Uncle Henry was honest, never afraid to tell it like it is, and what was on his mind, it felt like you could most definitely talk to him without any judgement. Uncle Henry was ALWAYS styling! Uncle Henry was a caring, and loving man, always thought of others, which showed itself through many of his significant gestures of kindness wether that be just stopping by to drop off something he had bought at Marshall’s for dad, picking up my brother when my dad couldn’t, bringing over something he had cooked(like that bomb lechon, or something to be cooked, coming over to check on your car, etc. Barbecues and family functions won’t be the same, always looked forward to Uncle Henry’s presence, good energy, funny stories, and knowledge of cars and many other things. We lost a great Man. Uncle Henry will be extremely missed. We love you and Rest In Peace. Much Love being sent to the family. ♡

Stephen Palado

April 25, 2021

Uncle Henry was always the cool uncle. Growing up, I would come over to hang out with Manong Jay and Manong Rowell. We would wrestle and pretend we were in the WFF and he would only yell at us if we were too loud, haha! Uncle always made sure we were fed and taken care of. He will be sorely missed. Thank you for everything uncle. Until we meet again, rest in paradise

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