Ricardo (Rick) Leva Evia
January 12, 1942 - December 30, 2020
Resident of Martinez, CA
Rick Evia, 78, was born on January 12, 1942 as Ricardo Leva Evia, on the small island of Marinduque, which was recently ranked # 1 by the Philippine National Police and Philippine Security Forces as the Most Peaceful Province of the Philippines due to its low crime rate statistics. For almost 200 years, Marinduque remains home to one of the oldest religious festivals of the country, the Moriones celebrated annually every Holy Week. Rick's parents – Constancia and Paterno – raised Rick on the island of Mindoro, the seventh largest island in the Philippines by land area.
Like with everything in life, Rick studied and worked hard, and earned a scholarship to Far Eastern University ("FEU"), a private university and the leading proprietary university in Manila, Philippines, as well as the first accountancy school for Filipinos. Rick studied accounting, and during his Senior year, served as a Teaching Assistant in the accounting program. Rick proudly passed the Certified Public Accountant ("C.P.A.") exam on his 1st try!
On February 3, 1967 at the Church of Baclaran, Rick married Concordia (Connie) Galutera Eder, an Executive Assistant at a bank, while he practiced at the Asian Development Bank. In 1969, Rick and Connie welcomed Mary Ann Agnes Eder Evia; in 1971, Patrick Eder Evia; and in 1974, Aristotle Eder Evia.
Frustrated by President Ferdinand Marcos' Marshall Law, Rick and Connie sold all their worldly belongings and immigrated from Manila to San Francisco seeking a better life for their young family on July 3, 1976. The very next day, then 34-year-old Rick, 29-year-old Connie, 7-year-old Mary Ann, 5-year-old Patrick, and 2-year-old Aris watched the bicentennial fireworks over Candlestick Park and their adventure in the United States began.
The Evia Family first stayed with friends in Daly City, aka Little Manila, of course. Both Rick and Connie found jobs immediately – Rick at Rainbow Carwash in Oakland, and Connie at
Fireman's Fund American Life Insurance Company in San Rafael. The Evia Family rented their first apartment just on the other side of the Nimitz Freeway from Oakland's Chinatown – where Federation Brewing now stands. From there, the Evia Family moved into their very first home near the Oakland Coliseum.
Just 4 years after immigrating, the Evia Family settled in the then brand-new Hilltop Green Subdivision in Richmond, California in 1980 where Mary Ann, Patrick and Aris would all grow up and ultimately graduate from high school – Mary Ann from Holy Names (1987), Patrick from Marin Catholic (1989) and Aris from Marin Catholic (1991).
Both Rick and Connie taught their children that nothing is stronger than the heart of a volunteer. Having served as an altar boy as a young boy in Mindoro, Rick has always served the Catholic Church. During their Oakland days, Rick volunteered at Sacred Heart on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, and in Richmond, he served at both St. Cornelius and St. Callistus in El Sobrante. In Martinez, Rick first served at St. Catherine of Siena, and continued to serve at Christ the King in Pleasant Hill through the Summer of 2019. Rick also actively participated in the Filipino Bay Area Community, with the United Pilipinos of Alameda where he had many clients, Filipino Advocates for Justice in Oakland's Chinatown where his son Aristotle Evia served on the Board from 2006 to 2008, and of course during Filipino American History Month every October.
As empty nesters, Rick and Connie purchased their final homes in Martinez where they settled into their forever jobs – Rick as an auditor in the Contra Costa County Assessor's Office and Connie as an Assistant Vice President of Bank of America – from where Rick and Connie would retire.
On December 31, 2004, Rick and Connie renewed their 1967 wedding vows at the Evia Family's greatest family celebration at the Makati Shangri-La in Manila, Philippines. On March 4, 2009, the Evia Family laid our beloved Connie to rest.
On December 30, 2020 -- the day before Rick's and Connie's 16th anniversary of the renewal of their wedding vows, God decided that it was time for Rick and Connie to be together again and called his servant Rick to join Connie in His Kingdom. "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!" Matthew 25:21.
On Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2 p.m., Rick will be laid to rest for eternal life alongside Connie at Queen of Heaven Memorial Park, 1965 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette, California.
The family can be contacted through Aris at Aristotle Law, 2001 Gainsboro Road, Rockville, Maryland 20851-2217 (202) 431-0304 (Aris' iPhone/WhatsApp) [email protected] [email protected]
(541) 292-1489 (Mary Ann's mobile) [email protected] View the online memorial for Ricardo (Rick) Leva Evia
Published by East Bay Times on Jan. 10, 2021.