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Dr. Gregorio T. Ongcapin

Obituary for Dr. Gregorio T. Ongcapin

May 9, 1932 - November 13, 2021
Foster City, California | Age 89


Greg, the second to the youngest of seven children of Angel and Rosario Ongcapin, was born on May 9, 1932 in the town of Hulo, Mandaluyong, Philippines, a small town overlooking the Pasig River. Greg was lovingly called Tuya by his parents and large extended family. He attended undergraduate school at University of the East and graduated from medical school at Silliman University in 1964.

During his medical internship at Rizal Provincial Hospital, he met and fell in love with an FEU medical intern, Emelie Hipol. They got married on March 6, 1965 and moved to the United States for postgraduate medical training later that same year. He started postgraduate training at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania followed by a medical practice in the next 25 years in Westfield, New Jersey.

He owned and managed K&S Clinical Lab for many years and maintained his love for basketball by supporting and financing his own team, K&S Team. Despite a busy schedule, he drove his children to school and picked them up everyday. He was a very loving and generous father. He bought Freddie, his older child a toy everyday after picking him from kindergarten school. He always had a fast-food sandwich or sweets for the children every day as he came home from the office. He was a warm person, hugging and kissing them when he saw them and with his trademark welcome of "come let us eat". Family and friends could not leave the house without having a snack or a meal. He loved singing and dancing. He was always present and very supportive of Emelie's career. He made sure he knew where his children were at all times. He called Angel every night at 8pm the entire time she was at college and grad school.

He was a devout Catholic. For many years he was a eucharistic minister at St. Raphael Church in Livingston, New Jersey. Upon Emelie's retirement from medical practice in 2015, they moved to Foster City, CA to be closer to Angel. He looked forward to his annual trips to Manila to visit his nieces and nephews. Always the generous uncle, he enjoyed showering them with gifts. Aside from his relatives, he always had gifts and money to give to all his friends in Manila and his former Manila office staff and employees at his Makati apartment. He enjoyed the frequent visits to spend time with Freddie and his family. While in California, he enjoyed spending time with his four grandchildren, Matthew, Mark, Johannah, and Teddy.


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