Juan Abique (Johnny) Tarroja, beloved husband of Dolores V. Tarroja of Calgary, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, at the Carewest Sarcee on Saturday, January 17, 2004 at the age of 94 years.
Johnny was born on July 2, 1909 in Dao, Antique, Philippines. He and Dolores were married on December 4, 1937 and they immigrated to London, ON in June of 1980 moving to Calgary in December 1989. Johnny attended St. Francis and St. Bernadette Catholic churches. One of his greatest achievements in life was sailing with an American from Manila, Philippines to New Jersey, USA. In his younger years he supervised the transportation of a sailboat from Southampton, England to Manila, Philippines. Johnny considered the vacation to Manila from September 2001 to February 2002 to be one of the best, as he was able to see all ten of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Johnny loved music and life and was always ready to help family, relatives and friends. His favourite song was Springtime in the Rockies and he always enjoyed ice cream, chocolate or desserts.
Besides his loving wife, Dolores, Johnny is also survived by his children, Frances and Eric Lazo of Calgary, Juan Jr. and Corazon Tarroja of Makati, Philippines, Mariano and Cynthia Tarroja of Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines, Antonio, Maria Elena and Martin Tarroja of Calgary; ten grandchildren, Henandro, Lisandro, Leandro, Jumar, Joanna, Riya Jane, Randall John, Jeremiah, Joshua, Paul Samuel; three great-grandchildren, Louis John, Nicolai, Justine May. He was predeceased by three brothers, Pablo, Nicolas and Bernardo Alovera.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, January 23, 2004 from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church (7103 – 20A Street S.E.) on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. with the Rev. Jim De Los Angeles, Presider. To forward condolences go to www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Health Trust – Carewest: Sarcee Long Term Care Centre, 10101 Southport Road SW, Calgary, AB T2W 3N2. Telephone: (403) 943-0615. www.calgaryhealthtrust.org.
In living memory of Juan Tarroja, Sr., a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., CALGARY, TELEPHONE: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences