Moises de los Reyes Pasion
Aug 28, 1928 – Jan 27, 2018
Moises “Moy” de los Reyes Pasion, age 89, passed away peacefully on January 27th, 2018. “Tatay” (father in Tagalog) Moy was born in Manila, Philippines to parents Catalino Pasion and Marciana de los Reyes, both from Pampanga, Philippines.
Tatay completed his Teachers’ Curriculum with special training in Auto Mechanics from the Philippine School of Arts and Trades in April 1952, and later obtained his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education in May 1959. He taught most his life at Jose Abad Santos High School in Manila. He married his beloved wife Lucila “Lucy”, a pharmacist, in the mid 1950’s when they were both 25 years old. Since then and for over 60 years, they have been partners in love and life, and even death could not keep them apart too long.
Moises and Lucy owned and managed their own two pharmacies, aptly called “Lucy’s Pharmacy”, in Manila. They first went to the US with their son Rolando in 1972 to visit relatives. They eventually moved to the US in the 1980’s, initially settling in North Hollywood, CA and later joined their son in Washington State. In 2011, Moises and Lucy became the very proud grandparents to their only grandson, Paolo Cruz Pasion. Both of them cherished being an almost daily presence in Paolo’s life until their last days.
Moy and Lucy loved to travel with family and friends. They enjoyed traveling to national parks in numerous States and visiting countries in Europe, Asia, and the French Polynesian Islands (where Tatay ended up teaching native Tahitians in Bora Bora how to make grasshopper toys from coconut fronds).
Tatay Moy was a master of many trades. He was a mechanic, carpenter, wood-carver, craftsman, painter, gardener, plumber, Boy Scout scoutmaster, avid fisherman, great cook, and master parol (native Christmas lantern) maker. He was a self-taught musician and a rondalla member, where he played the bandurria (native guitar, similar to the mandolin). He regularly played folk and popular songs on his guitar and mandolin. He loved origami and making toys out of paper and coconut fronds for children. They were always at his feet waiting for the next creation. He loved being with children and seeing the joy he could bring them with his talent. Moy was known for his laugh and sense of humor, thriving on making others laugh.
Tatay Moy was preceded in death by his wife, Lucila. He is survived by his son Rolando, daughter in law Laurel, grandson Paolo, and relatives including cousins, nephews, and nieces in California and the Philippines.
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