By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) — Raymundo Achaz Tan, Operations Manager of the Metro Manila Commission when Joey Lina was Metro Manila Governor and General
Manager of Metro Manila Commission between 1986 and 1987, died August 24 in his retirement home in Chicago, Illinois, according to his friend, Marlon L. Pecson.
Mr. Tan, who would have turned 69 on Sept. 24, died from complications after a prolonged illness.
RAYMUNDO ACHAZ TAN was visited in 2014 by his friend, Marlon L. Pecson, accompanied by Joseph G. Lariosa at the Peterson Nursing Home in the north side of Chicago, IL. (JGL Photo)
Ray was first rushed to the Edgewater Hospital in 1991 after suffering a stroke. He was later brought to Peterson Nursing Home after his recovery. He has since stayed in the Peterson Nursing Home, where he later died. He was cremated.
A brief memorial service was held at the Christ Our Savior Church at 3807 N. Lavergne in Chicago’s north side last Aug. 27. Pastor Paul “Lito” Guimary of the Christ Our Savior Church delivered a sermon while Ray’s children delivered response and eulogies.
His wife, Elena Tan (nee: Castro), a native of Cebu, Philippines, thanked relatives and friends who condoled with the family.
Ray was born in Manila, Philippines as a Roman Catholic. He became a Born-Again Christian.
BRIEF MEMORIAL SERVICE:
MRS. ELENA CASTRO TAN (extreme left) thanks relatives and friends who condoled with her family during a brief memorial service held at Christ Our Savior Church at 3807 N. Lavergne in Chicago, Illinois on Aug. 27, three days after the death of her husband, Raymundo A. Tan. Others in photo from left are Marlon L. Pecson, Aurora Arnobit, their son Louis Chester, their daughter, Joanne, Ray's first cousin, Linda Tan Falkner, Adrian Mallari, and Pastor Paul “Lito” Guimary of Christ Our Saviour Church. (JGL Photo provided by MARLON L. PECSON)
Ray is survived by his wife, Elena Castro Tan, sons, Michael and Louis Chester and daughter, Joanne Tan.
In a message, former Metro Manila Governor and General Manager of Metro Manila Commission, former Senator and former Laguna Governor Joey Lina said, “Ray is an eternal optimist. He believes there is a solution to every problem. He is a good motivator and a jolly fellow.
“We were organizers of a movement against oppression during the martial law years and when (Sen.) Ninoy (Aquino) was assassinated in 1983. We organized the Samahang Oktubre ng Laban (SOUL), a Makati-based association of professionals, which organized the protest movement in Makati and expanded to the other urban centers in Metro Manila.
“Ray is a dear friend both in good and bad times. He is close to my family.”
ELENA CASTRO TAN thanks relatives and friends who condoled with her family during the memorial service of her husband, Raymundo A. Tan, who died on Aug. 24 in the Peterson Nursing Home in the north side of Chicago, Illinois. The memorial service was held at Christ Our Savior Church at 3807 N. Laverge in Chicago, Illinois on Aug. 27. (JGL Photo by MARLON L. PECSON)
The message of Mr. Lina, who is presently President and Director of Manila Hotel, was read by Mr. Pecson during a memorial ceremony.
A holder of a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines, Ray immigrated to Chicago after he was petitioned by his wife, Elena, who works at a law firm in Downtown Chicago.