Saturday, February 14, 2009

Obituary for Tony Gaoiran

Antonino (Tony) Gaoiran
For 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.
We love you and miss you!
Tony's Obituary

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 University of Phoenix, 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 Fresno Bee. 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 Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints located at 220 North Peach, Clovis, CA. Visitation is 11:00am to 11:45am with Services at 12 noon. Burial will be at the Clovis Cemetary located at 305 N Villa Ave, Clovis. All his family and friends are welcome and invited to attend.
Tony will truly be missed.

21 comments:

The Richards in Canada said...

so so so sorry to hear...your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Allyson said...

So sorry to hear about Eric's Dad. How nice for Eric to be able to spend so much time with his Dad these last few weeks.

Jessica said...

We love you guys and are praying for you. We know the next little while will be so hard. I will keep checking on you!

joye said...

We worked with Tony at the Fresno Bee. We will miss our friend very much. Tony was a very strong and amazing person.
You and your family are in our prayers.
Morgan & Joyce Ahumada

bechtold clan said...

Jaynann-
Really really sorry for you both- this is awful ----
My heart goes out to you both- Ill call you soon....
amber

Kristen said...

I am so sorry it happened so quickly. How wonderful that they did get to spend time together. I do have to say that I think Talon looks a lot like him!

Aaron & Ardith said...

Eric, your dad is awesome. I'm sorry to hear about this. If there's anything we can do, just let us know. The Ketcher's

Carrie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am so glad that Eric was able to be with his dad these last few weeks, what a tender mercy. I can only imagine how difficult it's been, but from your account, neither father nor son would have had it any other way (Eric being able to be his caretaker these last few weeks). Knowing Eric, I know Tony must have been great fun to be around!

Sorry Gaoi, my heart is sad for you.

Jennifer said...

Tony sounds like such an amazing person. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Jen Lange

Rick Sunderlage said...

Jaynann,
Thank you for sharing these pictures. They are so precious! I'm so glad Eric was able to be there for Tony- it is easy to see why Tony is proud of him! You are married to a wonderful man.
Rachelle

Jeff and Diana said...

eric and jay. i am so sorry for your loss and i am so sorry that it was so fast! eric is such a great guy... jeff and i have so much respect for him! love you guys!

Shawn said...

I'm so very sorry for you and your families loss. You guys will be in our thoughts and prayers...

Jennie said...

Sorry to hear the sad news. What great pictures, I'm sure you will cherish those. Ganon and I look forward to paying our respects at the funeral Tuesday.

Nate said...

Eric and Jay,
Our deepest condolenses to you guys at this hard time. Eric, I'm glad you got to spend that time with him, you're an amazing guy. God bless you, we hope to see you guys soon! With love, Anika and Nate

Tracey said...

We will keep you in our prayers.

Garrett-Ashley & our Peanuts said...

Eric and Jay-

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time, I hope all goes well in California. Eric you are an incredible person and as your friend we have had the opprotunity to partake of your wonderful friendship and loyalty. Your dad has every reason to be proud of you. Good luck and we will see you when you return.

Taryn and the boys said...

I can't even imagine how hard it would be to loose a parent. What sweet pictures. How nice that Eric was able to spend so much time with him. It sound like he was one amazing dad. Our prayer are with you. We miss you guys.

Langdon and Raquel said...

Jay, I am so sad for you and your family to read your last post about Eric's dad's illness, and then this one, following the last one so quickly. I can't imagine how difficult this must be. I am so impressed by your strength and your family's commitment to eachother through all of this. Thank you for sharing the photos and the obituary. I'm glad that you and Eric have eachother to help one another through this. I'll be praying for you and your family. Love, Raquel

Mimi said...

Mike's dad passed away a year ago on the exact same day - February 12 - it is so strange not to have him hear with us anymore but we have been reminded many times that he is not that far from us and is still looking out for his family. I'm so glad Eric was able to be there for his dad - he will ALWAYS be grateful for that time they were able to spend together. May the hole in your hearts gradually mend and the richness of the goodness of this man fill your thoughts.

Jaynann said...

To all our friends an family-Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and prayers. We are so grateful for your love. Eric has really appreciated your words.

Nick G said...

Tony:
I Love and Miss you so much.
Your brother
Nick