September 23, 1935 – Bangued, Abra, Philippines
June 3, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta
Othello Alzate Tuason Sr., 78, of Calgary, sadly passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
He was born to the late Wilfredo and Irene Tuason, on September 23, 1935, in Bangued, Abra, Philippines. He was the third of eight children, seven of which survived to adulthood. In 1945, nearing the end of World War II, the family experienced a tragic loss of their father, Wilfredo. During his teenage years, the family struggled to provide for itself, so Othello exhibited what would be life-long traits of his character, selflessness and generosity. He began work prior to completing his education to ensure his mother and siblings were cared for. Eventually Othello graduated from Abra High School in 1950 and started his studies in mechanical engineering at the University of Manila, until his family’s needs called him away and he once again returned to work.
He was married to Geralda Ongkingco, in the spring of 1968, and they lived in Manila until they relocated to Canada in 1974.
In his early career with the Marvex Industrial Company, his natural leadership was evident, as he founded and led the first organized labour movement in a local chapter of the rubber industry, at the age of 24. As he relocated to Manila, his ability to facilitate amongst his peers at the Philippine Long Distance Company elevated him to the role of Foreman, and eventually Manager of Field Installation.
In 1974 Othello followed three of his brothers, Benjamin, Chester, and Wilfred to the Vancouver area in British Columbia. Initially he worked with BC Tel, leveraging his trade as a young man in the Philippines. As many immigrants before him, he took an entry-level position in the capacity of a field service technician, as his leadership roles were not directly acknowledged in his new country. Without hesitation he placed his family needs in front of his career. As the year passed limited work was available. His strong relationship with his manager provided Othello a direct referral to the then named Alberta Government Telephone Company in 1975. Although he preferred to stay with his brothers in Vancouver, Othello understood his responsibilities and relocated his family to Calgary for more stable work. He enjoyed his career (despite his first winter on a telephone pole!), until he retired from TELUS, the successor company, in 1997.
An avid and passionate outdoorsman, Othello enjoyed both river and ocean fishing, a pastime he shared with his children. Hunting, he shared with his friends and son. With both sports he had success and truly enjoyed the spoils of his game at the dinner table.
Othello is survived by his wife Geralda; and their children: Sumita Tuason-Yue with her husband Don; Othello Jr., with his wife Stephanie and their children Sebastian and Ava; Geraldine Tuason-Roberts with her husband Daniel and their children Isabelle and Ethan. His Brothers Benjamin and Chester with their respective families have also survived him and continue to live in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Another brother, Edwin and his family, remain in the Philippines.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In living memory of Othello Tuason, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences