June 8, 1950 - February 5, 2021
Resident of San Ramon, CA
Wilfredo "Willie" Ginco Villarente was born on June 8, 1950 in Manila, Philippines to the late Godofredo and Nemesia Villarente as the second youngest of eight children. He attended FEATI University in Manilla and earned a B.S. in electrical engineering. He met Annie Dela Plaza in 1976 and they married on January 2, 1978. They immigrated to San Francisco, California where they went on to have three children, William, Kimberly and Ernest, and became avid 49er fans. Their young family soon moved to South San Francisco and eventually settled in San Ramon for the better part of the last thirty years. Wilfredo worked in IT as a computer operator for Longs Drugs Corporation and retired in 2009.
He could be counted on to attend every event for each of his three children be it scouting, track and field, church youth group or any school function. He was their number one supporter and fan. He enjoyed a house full of their cousins and friends and always made sure that everyone was well fed. When he became a grandpa to Ava, he took her to and from school every day and loved to give her their favorite treats. After his second granddaughter, Abigail, was born, he enjoyed countless pictures and many FaceTime calls.
He was an active parishioner at St. Raymond Church in Dublin, CA. His outreach included being the contact for the parish Filipino Community, member of the Filipino choir, teaching religion with Annie and helping at the parish festival among many other parish events. In 2004, he joined the Filipino Cursillo Community of the Diocese of Oakland (FCC) and became a member of the Chosen Flock Team. He enthusiastically took on leadership roles, one of which as the Mananita Coordinator of the FCC. In the Cursillo, he grew in his Christian faith sharing a joyful fellowship with friends at all times. He was also an active alumnus for Araullo High School Class of 1967 acting as their web administrator and, subsequently, their Overseas Vice President. In 2017, he was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award at their 50th reunion.
Wilfredo peacefully passed away from complications of COVID-19. He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed for his unwavering faith, his fun sense of humor and many "dad jokes", his gentle spirit and his kind thoughtfulness. He leaves, to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 43 years, Annie; his children William (Amy), Kimberly Cheng (Justin), and Ernest; his grandchildren Ava, Abigail and pup Buddy; his siblings Norma, Flocer Mayol (Pete), Henry (Norma), Alberto (Linda), and Shirley Favor (Edward); and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. He will join his parents Godofredo and Nemesia Villarente, his parents-in-law Ernesto and Magdalena Dela Plaza, and his siblings Conchita Salveron and Eriberta de Guzman in heaven.
Friends and family are invited to his Funeral Mass at St. Raymond Church in Dublin on March 4, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. View the online memorial for Wilfredo Villarente