Roberto Lara Gorospe “DAD” of Anaheim, California passed away on Friday, May 26, 2023, at the age of 73. After a month being diagnosed with liver cancer with a strong fight, Roberto died peacefully at home with his beloved children by his side.
Roberto was born in Manila, Philippines on May 11, 1950, to father Evaristo Tolentino and mother Constancia Gorospe. The only child, Roberto attended San Beda University and San Sebastian College receiving his formal education and continues to keep in touch with his former classmates to this day. Go Red Lions! His work ethic and desire to take care of his family led to him immigrating to the United States in 1975 after marrying the love of his life Minerva "Minnie" Villa. He worked for Wells Fargo Bank from 1976 -2011 and then Disneyland where he created magic for Mickey Mouse himself.
He enjoyed dancing, sharing a laugh over some really good eats & ice cream of course, but most of all spending time with his family and friends. Roberto had a remarkable ability to brighten any space with his charisma, sense of humor and kindness. Always willing to drive anywhere to be around those he loved.
Roberto was preceded in death by his mother and by his wife Minerva Villa Gorospe. He is survived by his daughter Marie Gorospe Shea; sons Allen Robert Gorospe, partner Daniel Durkin and Bryan Robert Gorospe, partner Nathan Alexander; grandchildren Morgan Hennessy Shea, and Hamilton Vincent Shea; doggie-grandgirl Muji. His love and devotion to his family and friends was his number one.
A visitation for Roberto is planned for Wednesday, June 14, 2023, from 10am to 8pm. Flowers can be sent to the visitation at Forest Lawn Covina Hills on 21300 Via Verde Drive, Covina, California. All are invited to attend. The funeral will follow Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 9:30am.
People wishing to honor Roberto’s lifelong commitment to family and community can make donations: American Liver Foundation. Send a tribute gift: https://liverfoundation.org/how-you-can-help/ways-to-give/make-a-tribute-gift/
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