He left us quietly, his thoughts unknown but he left us a memory we are proud to own. So treasure him, Lord, in Your garden of rest, for when on earth he was one of the best
  • 92 years old
  • Born on May 14, 1922 in Bayawan, Negros Oriental, Philippines.
  • Passed away on November 13, 2014 in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Philippines.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Fortunato Portugaleza, 92, born on May 14, 1922 and passed away on November 13, 2014. We will miss him forever.

Posted by Stuart Judge on 13th November 2018
Grateful as always for the many kindnesses from Manong and Nanay. Stuart Judge (VSO Volunteer Instructor, MSU Marawi, 1969-1971)
Posted by Diana Garcia on 13th November 2018
It’s been four years. The void in our hearts remains but for the memories we hold dear.
Posted by Stuart Judge on 17th May 2018
Always grateful for the warm hospitality and much kindness Fortunato and Juanita gave me when I was a young instructor at MSU.
Posted by Stuart Judge on 22nd November 2017
With warm memories of Forts and much love to Nanay
Posted by Diana Garcia on 13th November 2017
After three years, the sorrow remains.
Posted by Stuart Judge on 15th May 2017
Remembering Forts, and Nanoy, Diana and the rest of the family for their kindness and friendship from 1971.
Posted by Diana Garcia on 14th May 2017
Celebrate with the angels and saints in heaven, Tay, as we celebrate your 95th quietly deep in our hearts.
Posted by Stuart Judge on 15th November 2016
Warmest greetings to Nanay, Donna and the rest of the family on this sad anniversary. Your kindness to me all those years ago (1969-71) in Marawi City is something I still treasure. Stuart Judge
Posted by Diana Garcia on 12th November 2016
Two years of saying farewell. It doesn't get any easier with time.
Posted by Diana Garcia on 19th June 2016
You are in our thoughts and hearts everyday, Tay, but especially so today. Happy Father's Day!
Posted by Pow Leanillo on 17th May 2016
Have a merry eternal celebration in heaven, Tatay Forts!
Posted by Diana Garcia on 14th May 2016
Celebrate with the Lord and the angels in Heaven, Tay. Happy Birthday!
Posted by Stuart Judge on 8th March 2016
I am so sorry to have only just seen this sad news. Much love, and thanks for the great kindness you showed me so many years ago. Stuart Judge
Posted by Diana Garcia on 13th November 2015
It has been a year, Tay. I am still sad, still sorry you had to leave without a farewell hug from me. In all this sadness, I am at peace knowing that you are eternally resting with the Lord. All the memories will be my treasure to cherish forever.
Posted by Leo Fortugaleza on 5th October 2015
Manong Atong, it is your intellectual and academic prowess that has stayed on in me all these years. It was an exemplar I hope everyone in the family saw. and will later on see. Am glad I visited with you whenever I was in Iligan. Rest in peace which continues to elude us all still alive.
Posted by Diana Garcia on 14th May 2015
I wish you peace and love on your birthday, Tay. Celebrate with joy with God and his angels.
Posted by Lorna Tumampil on 23rd November 2014
Leo and I are so fortunate having you Tatay Ports as one of our wedding godparents. You have shown an amazing inspiration to us and to many other couples. Your gentle and sweet smile every Sunday will surely be missed. Rest in peace Tatay and send our love to everyone in heaven...
Posted by Susan Grande on 22nd November 2014
Farewell my dear Physics mentor. I once asked a favor from you in my quest of making it to Brunei before and indeed, you readily granted that request. I consider you to be my father also as your eldest daughter is my batchmate and best friend in MSU I will always cherish the moments when I stayed in your residence and be with your whole family. Thank you for the warm treatment and the chance to belong to a wonderful family.
Posted by Chayong Garcia on 19th November 2014
I believe Compadre Fort is now greatly rewarded by God for all eternity for having lived an exemplary life here on earth.
Posted by Pow Leanillo on 19th November 2014
You had been undoubtedly a good husband to Nanay; loving father to Diana, Donna and David; doting Lolo to all your grandchildren; brother and friend to many; respected, notable and reputable academician of MSU. How could a simple and humble icon with a Duchenne and smizing smile be forgotten? Your mission is over and you definitely completed it with flying colors. The time of sweet sorrow and goodbye has come. You have my deep admiration. May God's holy angels and saints welcome you in your place of eternal repose, peace and joy. Keep smiling and have a speedy flight to heaven, Tatay!
Posted by Carolyn Holyhead on 18th November 2014
Uncle Forts, It's sad to lose you at this time, unfortunately no death is timely. We will always remember you as the calmest, gentle , handsome, humble and intelligent uncle who touched so many lives by your personal and professional level. I was so proud to be called " Prof. Portugaleza's" niece during my university years in the campus. The benefit of your dedicated work is a living testimony for so many young men and women under your wings. While we mourn today, we also take comfort in the fact that your mission on earth would have been fulfilled. You are gone but not forgotten. Rest in peace Uncle.
Posted by Dennis Quirao on 16th November 2014
Having left the PI at a young age, I did not know Uncle Fort as much as my siblings. But I'll always remember him as a quiet, gentle, intellectual man who was always so suportive of Auntie Nita and the kids. He leaves a strong legacy of strength, hard work, and love of family and is now rested in the loving arms of our Lord in the company of our departed family members. Rest in peace, Uncle Fort.
Posted by Vivit Lim on 16th November 2014
Your kind heart is a beacon of light that has inspired many of us who look up to you. That light has shown us the way through life's tricky stones and boulders, always with that gentle smile on your face. Rest in God's embrace Tatay Fort!

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