Inocencio Directo, Jr. was an individual who touched the lives of many with his warmth, laughter, guidance, and love. He passed away on January 28, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. Inocencio was born on August 28, 1951, in Asingan, Pangasinan, Philippines. He came to the United States with his family when he was 4 years old and they settled in the San Jacinto Valley in California. Inocencio was academically inclined and loved to read as he grew up. He graduated from San Jacinto High School and was a member of the varsity golf team. He was the epitome of dedication in his work, spreading joy through his delicious creations as a Chef. Additionally, for many years, he worked in electronics, skillfully assembling circuit boards and eventually starting his own family business in electronics.
Inocencio had a great sense of humor that lightened the hearts of those around him. He delighted in making people laugh and thoroughly enjoyed roughhousing with loved ones. His infectious laughter was contagious and brightened even the dullest moments. Inocencio had an unyielding love for his family and treasured every moment spent with them. Holidays were especially meaningful to him as they allowed him to gather with his loved ones and create lasting memories. His presence brought immense joy to every family gathering.
Inocencio's hobbies reflected his vibrant personality. Golfing, fishing, martial arts, baking, cooking, camping, travelling and following sports were among his greatest joys in life. He passionately supported the Chargers, Dodgers, and Lakers. In quieter moments, he enjoyed playing strategy or puzzle games on his phone to keep his mind busy.
Above all else, Inocencio took immense pride in his family. They were the center of his universe – his anchor through thick and thin. His loving wife Candy Directo supported him unwaveringly throughout their shared journey, making every day brighter by her side. Together, they raised two wonderful children, Robert and Stephanie. Robert and Stephanie were not only a reflection of their parents' love but also a testament to Inocencio's dedication as a father. Inocencio found joy in witnessing the next generation flourish through his grandchildren. Their presence filled his heart with an abundance of love and pride.
Inocencio's positive impact on the lives of those who knew him will never be forgotten. His memory will continue to live on in the hearts of his family and friends who loved him dearly. Inocencio leaves behind his children, Stephanie (Robert) Arce and Robert (Kelly) Directo, and his 7 grandchildren, Robert Arce, Nicholas Arce, Aaron Arce, Kaylee Directo, Coraline Directo, Theodore Directo, and Abigail Directo.
To honor Inocencio's life, a visitation will be held on February 19, 2024, at Forest Lawn - Cypress - Cypress Room in Cypress, California. The time for the visitation is scheduled from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The funeral service will take place the following day on February 20, 2024. It will be held at Forest Lawn - Cypress - Patriots Chapel in Cypress, California, with the service commencing at 11:30 AM.
Inocencio Directo, Jr., with his vibrant spirit and loving nature, has left an indelible mark on all our lives. As we bid our final farewell to this extraordinary individual, let us remember him for his warmth, laughter, and unwavering love for his family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
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