Isaias, or as most of us know him, “Easy,” was born on August 29th,1942. He was born in a small town called Lages. The town was on an island off the coast of Portugal called Terceria which is part of the Azores. He passed on the morning of August 15th, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones just two weeks shy of his bir…read more
Isaias, or as most of us know him, “Easy,” was born on August 29th,1942. He was born in a small town called Lages. The town was on an island off the coast of Portugal called Terceria which is part of the Azores. He passed on the morning of August 15th, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones just two weeks shy of his birthday and a week short of his granddaughter Khloe’s birthday. He will reunite with his family in the afterlife, his beloved mother Rosa, father Manuel, sister Maria, brother Manuel and his favorite dog Barney.
At the young age age of 7 he became an important provider in his family after his father’s passing. Everyday before school he cleaned stables, gathered fire wood, delivered bread and smoked about half a pack of cigarettes. When school was dismissed, he would hide his school books behind the doors of the church and continue doing odd jobs for the rest of the day. He usually got paid with food that he took back to feed his family. He dropped out of school In 3rd grade and became a full time worker and smoker.
His greatest childhood memories were when he participated in family gatherings. He loved his family so much and it would bring him so much joy to be around the ones he loved. His favorite holiday was “Espiritu Santo” or the Holy Ghost celebration. There he would celebrate and enjoy the festivities with his mother, brother, sister, uncles , aunts and cousins…….life was good.
At 25 he lost his mother and decided it was a good time to see the world. He packed up everything he could fit into a bag, walked out to the pier and jumped onto a Norwegian freighter and went off to sea. He traveled the world by sea for years, and lived and traveled to dozens of cities across Europe, Australia, South and Central America and finally the United States.
He came to the United States in the 70’s and made the Bay Area his home for a couple of years. Up there he reunited with his sister Maria and brother Manuel. He stayed in the Bay Area for a couple of years but then decided the South Bay was where he wanted to settle because of the better opportunities offered in the harbor. He worked for various tug boat companies in the area including Sylvester tug services, Wilmington Transportation and finally Manson Construction. He made many life long friends and enjoyed what he did.
Isaias met his wife Lucrecia when she was here on vacation from Costa Rica in 1981. Lucrecia never returned home to Costa Rica, but instead stayed in San Pedro. They were happily married for 33 years. They had a girl and a boy, Angra and David. As a father Isaias was loving, tough and always taught us the value of hard work. He always made sure the kids had good grades and had goals and a plan for life. He was worried about providing for us and giving us a better life than he had growing up. He always tried to give us the best and make sure we where happy. As a husband he would go to great lengths to make sure Lucreica was happy. He was loving, caring and made sure she had what she needed and wanted.
In 2006 and 2009 he was blessed with 2 beautiful grandchildren, Andy and Khloe. They called him AVO which is Portuguese for grandpa. They were the sunshine in his life, and he wanted to spend every second of the day with them. Isaias was definitey the perfect example of a grandpa that would let the grandkids do what ever they wanted… have ice cream, soda, candy, money, it didn’t matter if they wanted it they got it, as long as they promised not to tell on him. He loves them with all his heart and Andy and Khole say that he still visits them in their sleep.
What set him apart in life was he was a hard worker, caring, honest, sincere and a good husband, father and friend. He wasn’t always the most out going person because he was always tired from work, but there was something that made him special and appreciated. He was always trying to help and always did things under the best of intentions, not only did he care about his family but he cared about everyone.
We are proud to have had a great husband, father, grandpa and uncle. You will be in our hearts forever and we will miss you and always love you AVO!
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 24, 2015 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at A.M. Gamby Funeral Home with a Vigil Service at 7:00 PM.
Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Pedro on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM with burial to follow at Green Hills Memorial Park.hide
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