Dr. Cesar Sabio Siruno





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CARIBOU - Dr. Cesar Sabio Siruno, 61, joined God in paradise Jan. 1, 2009, after a long battle with a stroke and lung cancer. Born Jan. 22, 1947 in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, to Lauro and Lourdes, he was the youngest of five siblings. A prodigious student and a talented athlete, Cesar graduated with a doctorate in medicine from Far Eastern University Medical School, Manila, Philippines. He remembers his roots as a member of the university's alumni association. Cesar sought opportunity in the United States and took up his surgical residency at Detroit Macomb Hospital, Warren, Mich., in 1977. Cesar married Florentina Marudo the same year. As a student of medicine, he studied his patients, learned their medical and family histories and risk factors. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Siruno and his family moved to Limestone and began working in Dr. Pedro Simon's medical practice at Cary Medical Center in 1984. He then started his own practice and moved to Caribou in 1987. Cesar gained a reputation of being an upbeat, compassionate doctor who sincerely cared for the well-being of his patients. He was loved and respected by his co-workers for his ability to stay calm and patient under pressure. People got to know him as a mentor to new staff members; his patience and positive attitude made everybody feel at ease. While in his quarter-century of service to the hospital, he was part of the American Medical Association and at one point, served as chief of surgery. Dr. Siruno loved to partake in many activities. His love of athletics in childhood continued on with his passion for tennis, basketball and table tennis. Later in life he and Florentina took up golf, and both had the joy of experiencing hitting a hole-in-one as members of Caribou Country Club. He gained a reputation for his patience with new players and great sportsmanship. His dedication to golf could be seen when he would arrive at the golf course at 5 a.m. before opening his office and doing his morning hospital rounds. Dr. Siruno was also fond of music. He taught himself to play the guitar and would sing at the drop of a hat. His discovery of Karaoke was a watershed moment; he would sing his favorite Karaoke songs at medical staff events, such as the Cary Family Talent Show. A devout and virtuous man, Dr. Siruno was a member of Holy Rosary Church, Caribou. He gave charitably to the Siruno Family Foundation, the Philippines, as well as various fundraisers in Caribou. His parents and eldest sister, Placida, predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Florentina; his son, Jonathan of Portland, Ore.; his daughter, April of Washington, D.C.; his sister, Constancia and her husband, Calixto Rozal, of Daly City, Calif., as well as their children, Vangie, Glenna, Juhn, Agnes, Alvin, Cecille, and all their respective children; his brother, Eugene and his wife, Babi, of Hutchinson, Minn., as well as their children, Tony, Gig and Gina and her daughter, Vonne; and his sister, Edita Tolentino of Chicago. He was grateful for all his family and friends from medical school, Aroostook County, all over the U.S., Canada and the Philippines, who gave him a fulfilling life. He is especially thankful to those who cared for him while rehabilitating from his stroke and cancer. Visiting hours were held 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, and 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at Lancaster-Morgan Funeral Home, 11 Clover St., Caribou. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, at Holy Rosary Church, Caribou. A reception will be held afterward in the basement. Interment will be held at a later date in California. The Siruno family requests donations be made in memory of Dr. Cesar Siruno to the Jefferson Cary Foundation, P.O. Box 89, Caribou, ME 04736. Funds may be earmarked to the stroke or cancer clinic or the foundation of the person's choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lancastermorgan.com.

This obituary was originally published in the BDN Maine.

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Dear Flo, Johnathan and April,(friends and family)

Deepest condolences are sent your way for the loss of your husband, father, and friend.
Dr.Siruno was humorous, compassionate, and skillful.
We know that he is still dancing the 'Macarana', and continues his work with the Lord.
May fond memories sustain you during this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Rick, Katie, Dayna-Sue and Simone'Michaud

Dear Flo, Jonathan and April~

My sincerest condolences for the loss of your husband and father. He was such a wonderful man whose compassion, talents and honesty were simply remarkable. May you all find peace in knowing that he is certainly resting in eternal peace with his loving Lord.


To April and the Surino Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of celebrating Dr. Siruno's life. I'm looking forward to your return to DC April. We all (LDP 18) are pulling you.

with love,
Stephen Rice

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family--your husband, your father--was one of a kind--compassionate and dedicated to helping his patients and those he came in contact with. He made you feel that you weren't just another patient--but a friend who needed his help. He was very proud of his children and we shared notes whenever we met. Thinking of you,

I am deeply saddened by the loss of one of the greatest men I have ever had the pleasure of calling a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Dear Flo & Family; It has been many years since I last saw Cesar, but I want you to know that I am truly saddened by the loss of your family's loving husband, father and friend. I spent almost 8 years @ Cary in the Anesthesia Department, and enjoyed each and every case I participated in with him. I am a rather tall, heavy set bald guy, and Cesar was simply Cesar!! But we always enjoyed telling folks that we were "twin brothers".
Cesar was such a good man, did such good...

Dear Flo, Jon, April,
I,m glad I had the opportunity of working with a great man. It was always a joy to talk to him in the morning about golf, or listening to him sing to us. I know he enjoyed that as much as spending time with his family. My family will miss him very much. I pray for all of you to have the strength to carry on all his memories. Love Tammy Bard (tammara) Dr call me that often.

My Dearest Florentina and Family,

Mike and I send our Deepest Sympathies, I will always remember him with his wonderful smile, and his ability to make his patients feel at ease. He will be so sadley missed. SADLEY MISSED.

Penda (Penny) and Mike McDonald

Penda and Mike McDonald-pts.

Dear April,
I am sorry for your loss. Reading about your father, though, it is clear that many of his best qualities live on in you. I hope this will be a comfort throughout your life.
Susan Ginsburg