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TUASON, Othello Alzate Sr.

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 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

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.

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  1. Glen and Aline Warner :

    How sad for you OT, Stephanie and kids. Be comforted that your Dad is in God’s arms and no longer in pain. It is a difficult time for you but your Dad (also namesake) has given you the strength and you and your family will be uplifted.

    We are thinking of all of you at this time and send our love.

    Warner Family

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  2. Dear Sumita, GiGi, Othello, and your dear mom, I just happened to see your dad’s notice in the paper today. I live in Cranbrook, BC still, but still have such fond memories of being your ‘across the street’ neighbour in Riverbend. I remember how your dad loved to fish; and once he knew that I loved eating fish, would let me know when he had fresh fish cooking on the BBQ! Your parents were both lovely to our family, and especially to Michelle and Robbie. I am sorry for your loss; and hope that you have the support and love that you need around you during this difficult time. Please give your mom a hug from me.

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  3. The Oberti Family :

    What a touching tribute to a man who so obviously loved and treasured his family. Our thoughts are with you and we send our love to your family.


    The Oberti Family

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  4. Bea Violini :

    Dear Sumita
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your Dad, this is a difficult time for you. You always spoke so highly of him and gave him such loving care. God bless you and your family as you remember the good times with your Dad.


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  5. The Horton Family :

    OT, Steph, Sebastian & Ava,
    We are thinking of you all this weekend as you celebrate the life of your father/grandfather. His legacy lives on in each of you. May your memories of the time spent with him bring you solace as you say goodbye to a loving man and incredible role model.
    Much love and huge hugs, Terry, Moira, Véronique, Frederick & Camille xo

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  6. Dear Geralda and family:

    My sincere condolences on your loss. Othello’s philosophy on life and compassion for family and friends was truly an inspiration to all that knew him. He always had a kind word for everyone and was a pleasure to work with at AGT/Telus. Othello and his ways will truly be missed but take pride in knowing that a bit of Othello resides in each and every one of us that knew him.

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  7. Susan javier Taylor and family :

    Dear Ate Rading , Sumita, Junior, & Gigi
    We are deeply saddened about the passing of Kuya O. You might not know or remember me too well, however, I wanted to share your mourning and grief.I spoke with Kuya around April, and I wasn’t aware how bad he was then but he was just lively and cheerful!! He was so proud of his children and grand kids! I love you, ( I’m once upon a time your nanny in Maaralin, QC Philippines). Your Nanay. Susan from Oklahoma

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