Eliseo Villarin CADAWAS

June 14, 1933July 23, 2020

Eliseo V Cadawas (Ely) passed away on July 23, 2020 at the age of 87 while residing in Surprise, AZ. He was the devoted husband of Rizalina, the love of his life. Ely and Rosie shared a wonderful, loving marriage of 62 years.

Born in Paete, Laguna, Philippines, Ely was the oldest of 8 children. He is preceded in death by parents Benigno and Conception and siblings Fanny and Olivia. He is survived by siblings Sister Carmela, Aurelia, Jose, Benigno Jr. and Aurea.

Ely was high school class valedictorian then graduated with honors from the University of Mapua School of Engineering in the Philippines where he received a Civil Engineering degree. Shortly thereafter, Ely was fortunate to work and live in many countries which include Afghanistan (20 yrs), Africa (5 yrs), Iran (5 yrs) and Saudi Arabia (5 yrs). Later in his career, Ely was a finance manager for various companies. After the first 25 years overseas, the opportunity to move and work in the United States was a decision Ely and Rosie made for their family of three young children. Durham, NC was their destination. Ely also worked and lived in Baltimore, MD and Phoenix, AZ.

Ely was an active member of the Phil-Am community in Durham/Raleigh, NC and a devoted member of Immaculate Conception Church. Ely and Rosie loved to travel and visited 38 countries while living overseas.

Ely will be lovingly remembered by his wife Rosie, their children Rowena & husband Bill, Roselie, and Rodney & wife Shavon, four grandchildren, Matthew & wife Stephanie, Dana & husband Clint, Gage, and McKena, & three great grandchildren, Caleb, Cooper and Liam.

To sign the guestbook online, and to share memories, and send condolences and well-wishes to the family, please visit, www.surprisefuneralcare.


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Roselie Cadawas

August 2, 2020

Sharing these beautiful flowers sent by my old Supervisor from Honeywell. Thank you Donna

Cynthia Edhuine

August 1, 2020

I remember daddy Ely that he allowed me to call him that. When he would come to Bible and he would hear the music it would stir something up inside him and he stand, shake his hands and smile real big. We got to Celebrate his 87th birthday with him and he started feeling the music and he got out his wheelchair and started his little dance and that great big smile would appear. One time Joseph got him a watch he said like that he was wearing. Joseph put it on his wrist and he grinned big and pointed at it as Joseph explained it was for him and he couldn't believe it and was going to give it back, until daughter and Joseph convinced him it was his and again the big grin appeared. What a blessing for us to have Ely be apart of our family. Enjoy being in the presences of God healed and continue your life eternally.

Amy Gregorio

August 1, 2020

My heartfelt sympathy to Rosie and family for the loss of their beloved patriach, Ely. The love and respect of both for each other is a model of inspiration for many of their friends in the community including myself. When with Rosie, you were also with Ely as they shared the same heart and thoughts. I was happy for the chance of time and friendship with this beautiful and delightful person. RIP, Ely and may you enjoy everlasting fellowship with God in heaven 🌺

Rodney Cadawas

July 30, 2020

Thanks to my Ciena co-workers for the flowers.

Matthew Moss

July 30, 2020

Karen Dorsett

July 30, 2020

I lift up prayers for all of Ely's family
I so much enjoyed visiting with him and Rosie, they were so cute together
God gained an angelr for sure
I pray the family will stay strong and know he is in the loving of Jesus
Karen Dorsett


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