In June of 2010 my family on my mother’s side had a family reunion in the Philippines. The reunion was to celebrate my grandfather’s 94th birthday. When my grandfather and I had some down time together I decided to sit down with him and record an interview with him. For the first time ever, I learned things about my grandparents that I never knew. Though the entire session only lasted about an hour and a half, it is something that I will keep and remember forever. I only wish I could have done more.
On April 3rd, 2012 my grandfather passed away. As I write this it is only 9 days since his passing. I miss him terribly as everyone in my family does. My grandfather was a leader, a patriarch, the paterfamilias of his family. Some of my cousins called him the General. Things didn’t happen unless my grandfather made the decision to make them happen.
A quote from my cousin RJ:
“You’ve always been there when we needed you…you gave us advice and tried to show us the better path to live our lives…you never showed weakness until the end…
A role model and a hero…
You will forever be missed and always be loved Lolo…!!!”
Bonifacio Silvano Arzadon Sr. – June 5th 1916 – April 3rd 2012.
(The above video is part 1 of what I believe will be a 3 part video. I will try to get the other parts edited and uploaded soon)