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Tuangtuang, Carlos T. - Olean  
NABAS, Philippines - Carlos T. Tuangtuang, 89, met the Lord on Monday (June 22, 2015). He was born Nov. 4, 1925. He was in the U.S. Navy from the mid-to-late 1940s and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He transferred to Anchorage, Alaska, and was in the Merchant Marines there until 1956. Carlos and his family moved to Olean, N.Y., in 1968, where he resided until 1980, at which time he retired and moved back to the Philippines. While in Olean, he managed his former wife's doctor's office. Carlos was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Allegany, N.Y., and the Bartlett Country Club in Olean. He enjoyed taking family trips, fishing and boating. He often took his kids to Cuba (N.Y.) Lake to go waterskiing. After moving back to the Philippines, he and his mother established the Western Aklan Academy, which is a private school in the area. He was on its board of directors. He and his wife, Mildred, kept their home open to everyone in their town. They even raised a boy from infancy because his mother couldn't afford him, and they have several children that live there still. Carlos leaves behind his wife, Mildred; a son, Don Tuangtuang of Newburgh, N.Y.; two daughters, Pamela (Frank) Harmon of Bolivar, N.Y., and Grace (Shaun) Moss of Kaneohe, Hawaii; a stepson, John (Leah) Tayco of Norfolk, Va.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A funeral was held in Nabas, where his life was celebrated in true Philippine style. The host family entertained guests for two weeks, where every day there was a vigil with different prayer groups coming in. At night, the townspeople played mah jongg, partied and reminisced until the wee hours of the morning. At the end of the celebration, there was a funeral procession down the streets of Nabas, led by the students and staff of the school he and his mother founded, accompanied by other friends and family to his final resting place. He was a very loving and giving person, and he will be missed by many.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on June 30, 2015
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