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Emmanuel David Aquilina

1930 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Emmanuel David Aquilina Obituary
Emmanuel David Aquilina
January 13, 1930 - July 26, 2014
Resident of San Jose
Emmanuel David Aquilina, age 84, born January 13, 1930 in Sielma Malta to Michael and Philippa Aquilina. Entered into eternal rest in Palo Alto on July 26, 2014 with his loving wife of 60 years Claire (Borg) Aquilina and his children by his side. Loving father to six children, David (Sheri), Gary (Pamela), Robert (Pam) Aquilina, Janet (Dale) Smyers, Paul and Craig Aquilina. Grandfather to 9 grandchildren, Jamie (Ricky) Tavares, Veronica, Dawn, Joseph, Matthew, Paige, Sarah, Mitchell, and Adam Aquilina. Great Grandfather to 3 great grandchildren, Shane and Chase Tavares and Alexander Cao. Loving brother to 9 siblings, uncle to 38 nieces and nephews.
Emmanuel arrived in San Francisco at the age of 18 bringing 3 of his younger siblings with him. He served in the U.S. Army for 5 years during the Korean War. He started his 23 year career with Southern Pacific Railroad, Bayshore Yards, and upon retirement went to work for Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Hayward Yards, for 15 years. Emmanuel along with his brothers was vital in the building of St. Paul of the Shipwreck Catholic Church in San Francisco. As the last FISWA standing, Emmanuel enjoyed the yearly picnics with lifelong friends from San Francisco. He was an avid San Francisco Giants and San Francisco Forty Niners Fan and enjoyed watching the games on TV. A stroke survivor of 22 years he enjoyed his daily routine of greeting the neighbors as they passed by his home in San Jose each day.
Friends are invited to attend a Vigil Service on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7:00P.M at LIMA & CAMPAGNA SUNNYVALE MORTUARY, 1315 Hollenbeck Avenue, Sunnyvale. Funeral Mass to be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11:00A.M at Queen of Apostles Church, 4911 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose. In lieu of flowers donations to Optimal Hospice Care is greatly appreciated, 2375 Scott Blvd. Suite 410, Santa Clara.


Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 30, 2014
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