OBITUARY

Celedonio A De La Cruz

March 3, 1937January 11, 2020

82, of Tampa, a Naval retiree passed away Saturday, January 11th at Melech Hospice House. Celedonio was born in San Pablo, Virac, Phillippines and moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1970 after traveling the world with his wife, Yumiko. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and bowling. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gregorio and Porfiria De La Cruz; and wife of 53 years, Yumiko. He is survived by his sons, Hiromu De La Cruz and Cesar De La Cruz and wife, Dawn; daughter, Liza Mae De La Cruz and husband, Keith Merritt; grandchildren, Dominique Willis, Christian De La Cruz, Mariko De La Cruz, Aliyah McCray, Marcus McCray, Tyra Merritt, Michael Merritt, Kimberly Merritt, Hana Merritt; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Visitation will be Friday, January 24th, 4-6 pm, with a funeral service to follow at 6 pm, at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Celedonio’s honor to Moffitt Cancer Center. Arrangements handled by Blount & Curry MacDill.

Services

24 January

Visitation

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Blount & Curry FH-Macdill Chap

605 S MACDILL AVE
TAMPA, FL 33609

24 January

Funeral Service

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blount & Curry FH-Macdill Chap

605 S MACDILL AVE
TAMPA, FL 33609

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Fema Arcilla

January 18, 2020

Manoy Donieng's mother was my father's eldest sister. Since he joined the Navy,he was away from the family most of the time. After they moved to Tampa he communicated with us,exchanging cards every Christmas without fail. He would write a line or two about his family & we would update him about the rest of the Arcilla family back home. We met Ate Yumi for the first time when we visited the Florida families in the early 90's.
In 1994 when my mother passed away in L.A.,he & nephew Tito surprised us by driving so many days from Tampa to L.A. just to give us moral support. I could never forget their kind deed that is etched in my memory forever!
Very recently,he liked to send us comments,prayers on Messenger.He also updated me on his therapy. I promised I would pray for him on every pilgrimage I go to whether it's @ the Holy Land, Fatima or Lourdes. It made him happy saying that he could use all the prayers he could get.
Rest assure Manoy Donieng that we will still pray for you in heaven along with our dear ones. Lots of love from your relatives in Los Angeles & Virac,Catanduanes,Philippines.

Mike and Vee Novak

January 16, 2020

Your memories will live in our hearts forever, Tio Donieng. We will always remember your kindness, your generosity, and your caring spirit. You are LOVED....... Rest in peace, our dearest uncle.

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