My grandfather fulfilled his final life goal six years ago and went to heaven. He was a small man, but a towering figure in my life and I miss him every day. This blog keeps him close to me and I love seeing his life through his eyes. It reminds me of his sense of humor […]
It’s been a year since my grandfather died. It’s gone by really quickly and I still don’t believe that he’s gone. Here’s a picture of him with his grandchildren on Father’s Day in 1986 at his home on Wilsky Blvd in Tampa, FL.
My cousin Brandy Jones just put up a website for her movie and video production company: Nayabis Productions. Congratulations to her on getting the site up and for the direct-to-DVD movie that she just had released. Of particular interest to this website is the trailer to the documentary that she made on my grandfather’s life. […]
My grandfather wrote constantly. He wrote memoirs, journals, letters, and newsletters. One of my fondest memories as a child was when his monthly newsletter, “Pat’s Acres” (named after my grandmother) would come in the mail. He split it into sections about himself and each of his seven children. He’d write about what was going on […]
I received a wonderful surprise last week, a completely transcribed version of my grandfather’s memoirs in hard copy and as a computer file. I knew that someone was working on it, but I wasn’t sure of the exact details. I’d been semi-dreading having to transcribe the 304 page memoir myself. Imagine my relief upon receiving […]
We buried my grandfather a week and a half ago and I’ve been busy getting my regular life back on track. It was a beautiful ceremony with family and many old friends coming to pay their respects. My mother, Jocelyn Lontok; my uncle Antonio Sibayan, and myself Christopher Lontok gave the eulogies. He was buried […]