Farolito Cruz Cristobal was born in Manila, Philippines July 4, 1949, and passed away March 2, 2019. He was 69.
Referred to by some as “Chris,” most friends and family knew Farolito simply as “Fafa”. Fafa graduated from Ramon Magsaysay High School in 1965 and from University of the East College in 1972. He and Lucy were married on February 12, 1983, at Sacred Heart Parish Church in Kamuning, Quezon City, Philippines. He worked for Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company for over 15 years, until he moved to the United States in 1988. He worked for Pacific Bell/AT&T for over 15 years, finally retiring in 2011, and officially becoming a United States citizen on January 23, 2013.
Fafa’s mother and father, Felicidad and Alfonso, as well as his eldest brother, Alfonso Jr., preceded him. Fafa is survived by his wife Lucy of 36 years, his two sons Jonathan and Angelo, his daughter-in-law Lauren, four brothers, two sisters, and an incredible amount of extended family. He also had many friends from his school years and from within his church community.
Undoubtedly, Fafa was the son of a music-loving family; along with his seven siblings, his name was inspired by the syllables of the musical scale (do-re-mi-FA-sol-la-ti-do). He was a member of the University of the East Glee Club, and while he was still studying, he became a prominent member of the popular Philippine band “Family Birth Control” - his band got paid to sing in clubs, perform at concerts, and they even recorded music for commercials. When he and his family lived in San Pablo, he sang for the church choir at St. John the Baptist in El Cerrito, CA. He was an active member of the Simbang Gabi Ministry of St. Joan of Arc, and he sang for their church choir in San Ramon, CA. He often sang at family functions, and at his daughter-in-law and youngest son’s wedding, he was the lone cantor, serving as the musical centerpiece for the entire ceremony.
Those who knew Fafa understood that he was one of the kindest people that ever lived. He was relatively quiet, but he was not shy and he never failed to greet you with a smile. He enjoyed watching and talking sports, he was always interested in the latest technologies, and again - he absolutely loved music. Those who heard him sing will never forget his beautiful, strong, impactful voice. He was madly in love with songs and singing, with the only thing he cared for more being his family.
More than his professional accomplishments, Fafa is remembered by his loved ones for his incredibly gentle soul. His sons and his daughter-in-law will remember their Dad for his warm aura and for his contagious sense of humor that was as unique as it was endearing. His nieces, nephews, and the rest of his extended family will remember Tito Fafa for his silly jokes and killer karaoke skills. His friends will remember the caring pare who was so easy to talk to and who was always willing to help them with anything. Everyone will remember Fafa as a loyal husband, devoted father, reliable friend, and devout follower of God.
In Fafa’s honor, a viewing will be held at the Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville, CA on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM, with Vigil service starting at 6:00 PM. Black and/or white attire is requested.
Fafa’s funeral service will be held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in San Ramon, CA on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 11:00 AM. Black and/or white, semi-formal attire is requested.
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