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PILI, Isidro Oliver

May 15, 1933 – San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines
August 13, 2018 – San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines

Isidro (Sid) Oliver Pili of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully in his sleep in San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines on Monday, August 13, 2018 at the age of 85 years.

Family – and Sid’s role of brother, husband, father, and grandfather – was most important to him, and remains his most precious and lasting legacy. Quiet and unassuming, Sid was devoted and loyal to those close to him. He quietly helped countless people, was steadfast, principled, thoughtful, and generous, and many will attest that he lived his life with character, integrity, grit, and grace. He was well respected, admired, and greatly loved, and thus we find it difficult to say goodbye. In 1976, Sid left his successful private architecture business and senior position at Meralco in the Philippines to relocate his family to Calgary, where he formed enduring ties with the ex-Meralco and Filipino community in the city. Sid was a devout Catholic and a member of the church choir for over forty years at St. Marks and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

In retirement, Sid & Nena traveled extensively around the world – his trips with his family were his favourites. He helped Nena fulfill her lifelong dream of opening a school, where he designed and oversaw the construction of Little Explorers Montessori School in San Pedro that opened in 2003. He renewed his passion for painting and created several murals and watercolour pieces that grace the school and his home. With Nena, Sid spent his time living between Calgary and San Pedro, and enjoyed connecting with family and friends and the graces that living in different cities bestows. In the last few years of his life, he was profoundly happy, content, and at peace.

Sid will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years Nenita (Nena) Pili (nee Alinsod), and his children, Ismael (Teresa), Irvin (Simonette), and Nini (John Hynds). He was fiercely proud of his family, especially his four grandsons, Sydney and Christian Pili and John and Noah Hynds. He was predeceased by his older brother and sister, Raphael and Carmen, and is survived by his siblings, Guillermo, Asuncion, Pacencia, and Virgilio.

Memorial Mass and celebration of life will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1307 – 14th Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow at Sacred Heart. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Sid Pili, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Loretta Crescini :

    My heartfelt condolence especially to Ate Nena and Kuya Sid’s children and close family to his passing. I have great respect for Kuya Sid and silently admired his devotion to his family and community as a whole. I know he will be sorely missed.
    Best regards,
    Loretta Crescini

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  2. •Nena, may memories of Sid and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.

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  3. Roisin & Conor Nugent :

    Dear Nenita & Family, We are so sad to hear about the passing of Sid, the boys remember him fondly and the wonderful tips he gave them on their artwork when we met with you both in Manila on our last trip to the Philippines. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Conor, Roisin, Jim & Kenneth Nugent Ireland

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  4. With deepest sympathy to Nenita and Family, please accept our condolences on the loss of Sid, our thoughts and prayers are with you. From the McBride and Moran families Ireland

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  5. Lillian and Michael Oliver :

    My heartfelt sympathy to you Nenita on the loss of your dear husband Sid. God be with you and your family .
    Lillian and Michael Oliver.

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  6. Jesse and Marris Reodica :

    In deepest sympathy to Nena and family.Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Jesse and Marris

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  7. Our deepest sympathy for the loss of pareng Sid. May he rest in peace. Our love & prayers are always with you Mare & your family. Take care.

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  8. Elizabeth Moran :

    Nenita and family. So sorry to hear Sid passed away. He was always so nice to me on my visits to Calgary . fond memories .you are all in my thoughts and prayers. rest in peace Sid. Elizabeth

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  9. Condolence to the family. May his soul rest in peace.

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  10. Leonora Laporte Cruz :

    Our deepest condolences specially to Ate Nena. Our hearts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. He is now in the hands of our Lord. Kuya Sid will be missed. ❤️

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  11. Marguerite Cornish :

    Dear Nenita and Family,
    I was very saddened to hear from Tim of the passing of dear Sid. He was a wonderful, gentle man with a beautiful smile. I have such wonderful memories of Sid and you at Sacred Heart and of your great kindnesses to me. My deepest sympathy and prayers and love are with you in your sorrow.
    With love and prayers,
    Marguerite Cornish and family.

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  12. Dear Nenita, I was so saddened when Sim told me of the passing of Sid. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to you and the family. I could always feel the love, the kindness, and the graciousness that surrounded Sid and you Nenita, and I know the days ahead will be difficult ones. But know that tears are the messengers of overwhelming love and unspeakable pain. They are not a weakness, they are a powerful form of expression….May God be with you! Love, Brenda K.

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  13. Condolences to Sid and his family. We’ll miss your friendship, simplicity and sincerity. From Jose Calvelo and family of Calgary…

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  14. Our heartfelt condolences to the Pili family, especially Mrs Pili. We’re really saddened by the news of Mr Pili’s passing. Our prayers are with him.

    – Danny, Elaine, and family.

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