Antonino (Tony) GaoiranFor those of you who knew Eric's dad, I want to let you know that he passed away on Thursday from pancreatic cancer. It was too fast. He was diagnosed only 2 weeks prior to his passing. It has only been 3 weeks since we found out that things were looking really bad. It has only been 4.5 weeks since we found out that he was sick. It has been a really tough time for Eric and his family.
Eric has visited his dad in California 4 times since we found out Tony was sick. He has come home in between for short periods of time. I am so glad that has been able to spend so much time with his dad. During his first trip, Eric did his paper route with him. Tony was very efficient and Eric said that he had fun doing the route with him. It brought back memories from when he used to do them as a kid. He was very conscientious about his job and his school and so he kept going even though he was in a lot of pain.
He was very concerned about making it to work and finishing his school. He was in school at the University of Phoenix getting his degree. Tony worked in the evenings hanging fliers for businesses and also had several paper routes that he did from midnight until 6 AM.
Since his dad has been sick, Eric has been his caretaker along with Maureen, Tony's wife. I am so grateful for a husband who respects and loves his dad so much. Tony constantly said, "where's Eric". Eric was always there for him. Tony knew he could count on Eric. I know that these last few weeks meant the world to Tony. The last few nights before Tony died, Eric was awake with his dad all night, helping him to get comfortable and moving him around. Eric was with him at his home when he passed away.
These pictures are precious for us. In this picture Eric had just asked his dad how he was feeling and his dad said, "I love you, son". You can see on Tony's face how proud he is of Eric.
July 12, 1948 - February 12, 2009
Tony Gaoiran was born in Merced on July 12, 1948 and peacefully passed away in his Clovis home on Feb. 12, 2009. He was preceded by parents Regino & Magdalena Gaoiran.
Tony is a Merced High graduate, attended Merced Jr. College & until his passing, was enrolled in the, Psychology Program. Tony was a loyal American Patriot who was in the US Army, who served in Viet Nam with honor & distinction. Tony was devoted to his family and took great pride in his work as an independent contractor with the . He leaves many, many loved ones: Wife Maureen; sons Eric(Jaynann, Talon, Tyler), Justin(Valerie, Cooper); brothers Mel(Patty), Nick(Tracy); sister Susie(Jim); stepchildren Lisa(Carl, Patrick, Elizabeth, Daniel), Marcus(Nou, Kenji, Scott), Richard(Melissa, Madison, Anthony, Valerie); William(Mai). He also leaves his loyal beloved pets, Guiness, C.C. &Waldo.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at the 305 N Villa Ave, Clovis. All his family and friends are welcome and invited to attend.located at . Visitation is 11:00am to 11:45am with Services at 12 noon. Burial will be at the Clovis Cemetary located at
Tony will truly be missed.