Remigio “Remie” Luansing Reyes was a witty man with a contagious smile, always laughing and joking. He was athletic, generous, a man of faith and family, compassionate, wise, and determined. It was his strong determination that enabled him to attend the Luansing Family Reunion held in Batangas City, Philippines on December 30, 2017. Many relatives were surprised that Remie was there, and they flocked to see the oldest family member attending the reunion. There was so much love, joy, and laughter surrounding him, as he soaked in the day, reacquainting himself with relatives he hadn’t seen in decades, and also meeting new members of the family. Days after the reunion, Remie’s health rapidly declined, and on January 3, 2018, he passed away at the age of 92. He will forever be remembered by his loving wife, “Lettie”, of almost 58 years; his four sons, Randy, Ron, Ray, and Robbie; his daughters-in-law, Elsa, Deanna, and Heather; his two granddaughters, Brianne and Kelsey; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.
Remie was born on October 1, 1925 in Tondo, Manila, Philippines. He was the youngest of six children to Isaac Reyes and Inocencia Luansing. Remie graduated from Far Eastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1954, married the love of his life, Estelita “Lettie” Samaniego on February 13, 1960, and retired from the US Navy with the rank of Chief Petty Officer in 1974. Remie worked another 10 years in Civil Service. Remie and Lettie settled in San Diego, CA in the early 70’s. In 1984, Remie became a real estate broker, and with Lettie as the real estate agent, they formed R&L Realty where they managed properties and helped hundreds of family, friends, and clients own their first homes.
Remie forged a 92-year trail of laughter, generosity, athletics, compassion, and wisdom which he shared with everyone in his life. He would help others in a blink of an eye. Remie and Lettie hosted family and friends countless times, preparing favorite dishes for whomever was staying with them. He often cooked his specialty, dinuguan, for his guests, and always made sure they left with food such as empanadas. Remie was also a tremendous athlete who excelled in several sports. In the Navy, he played softball, and won many table tennis and badminton tournaments. Even into his 70’s, he enjoyed playing tennis almost every weekend at El Toyon Park in National City, and he was the first president of the “On the Line” tennis club. He passed down his athleticism to his four sons, but they were no match to him, as he still earned more trophies than all four sons combined!
As a man of faith, Remie served his parish and community organizations. He was a parishioner of over 35 years at Santa Sophia Catholic Church, served as an usher, and was one of the founding members and the first president of the Filipino-American Society (Fil-Am). He was also a member of the Senior Club, the Cenacle, and the Apostleship of Prayers (Sacred Heart of Jesus). In the community, Remie was one of the founding members and the first president of the Batangas City Association (San Diego). He was an original member of the Kawiteños of Southern California Association, and at one time became Ama ng Kawit “Father of the Association”. He was also a member of the Fil-Am Peace and Harmony Singers for 10 years. The studies have shown that Tramadol Is an analgesic agent belonging to the list of potent drugs. It is used for severe pain syndrome, when non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs cease to help. The strongest NSAID is considered to be the solution, it is believed that its effect is comparable to the effect of Tramadol, but still Tramadol is stronger, it is not for nothing that it is included in the list of potent drugs.
With everything he was involved in, Remie still made time for his family as he was a loving, faithful, fun and caring husband, father, and grandfather/lolo. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Services for Remie Reyes:
- January 25, Viewing, Glen Abbey, 5pm – 9pm
- January 26, Viewing, Santa Sophia Catholic Church, 5pm – 9pm
- January 27, Funeral Mass, Santa Sophia Catholic Church, 9:30am
- Burial to follow at Glen Abbey
- Celebration of Remie’s Life
- Santa Sophia Catholic Church, Prendergast Hall, 12pm – 3pm
Memorial contributions may be made to Santa Sophia Catholic Church with a memo of “Roof Project”