Aurelio “Papo” Abrigo, 93, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.
Born Oct. 23, 1926, he was preceded in death by his parents, Rufino and Magdalena Abrigo; son, David Abrigo; brothers, Solomon and Diog Abrigo; and granddaughter Katrina Keel-Saunders.
Affectionately known as Papo by his family and friends, Aurelio leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of 73 years, Monica Abrigo; seven children, Romeo Abrigo, and his wife, Jenny, Rey Abrigo, Rodel Abrigo, Lucy Musarra, and her husband, Sal, Lena Colello, and her husband, Chris, Gloria Abrigo and Mary Abrigo, and her partner, Yesenia; sisters, Auring Mallari, Berta Sevilla, Mayang Dullas, Teresita Tablada and Pin Bundang, and her husband, Ernie; and brothers, Esteban Abrigo and Carlino Abrigo. Papo also leaves behind 11 loving and beautiful grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
A beloved son, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Aurelio was a decorated veteran of 27 years in the U.S. Navy. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1945 and was assigned aboard the USS Wisconsin for the first three years of his long service to the nation. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1972 as a CPO and worked as a butcher at the Great Steaks in Norfolk for another 15 years, where he was awarded Employee of the Month many times over.
Aurelio was also a member of the Philippine Cultural Center in Virginia Beach, where he was a trustee during its conception and its fruition. During his retirement years, Aurelio and his wife enjoyed working in their garden, where they grew many varieties of Philippine vegetables. He was also an avid fisherman. Papo was best known for his loving ways, generosity, infectious smile and kindness.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach. A Liturgy of the Word will be held at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the funeral home with Father Nixon Negparanon officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk.
In lieu of flowers, to honor the memory of Papo and Katrina, who died of cancer, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society.
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