ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in loving memory of our loved one, Leslie Sikat Gallarde. He was born on May 24, 1944 and joined his Creator on August 28, 2020.

We will keep this site as a place where we can gather precious photos, songs, stories, tributes, and other ways by which loved ones can remember and honor his life and legacy.

We invite relatives and friends to visit this site to reminisce or contribute especially on special days like his 40th day, his birthday, death anniversary, special holidays and random days where his presence is greatly missed.

Thank you for visiting! You are welcome to leave a note, a digital flower or light a candle :) 

We all love and miss you. Until we meet again.
See you on the other side! Enjoy your new life!


1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NASB
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Posted by Olivia Lorenzana on October 24, 2020
Hi Dad,

Remember the blue Nike jacket, the one with the Australian logo on the front left side? I got that for you some years ago and sent it from Australia to the Philippines hoping you'd like it. True enough you loved that jacket, used it frequently and fondly called it your “Australia” jacket.

I've always felt happy every time I see photos of you wearing this jacket. I know in my heart that as you wore it, it was like you were telling me that you appreciate and love me. Though I couldn’t be there with you, you wearing that jacket was the nearest I could be. Knowing that it kept you warm, warms my heart; as it gave you comfort, it gives me joy.

Yesterday I received a package from the US and your jacket was in it. As I was holding this jacket, my heart broke into pieces. Images of you wearing this jacket came flashing through and I missed you so much. Looking at it, I realized it is the only closest thing I could ever be with you. So I held it tightly, snuggled, and hugged it like it was you. I cried and cried as I felt pain and deep sadness. I will no longer see you in this jacket… I will no longer see you…

I chose to keep this jacket to remember you by. In time, I pray that thoughts of you would no longer make me sad. In time, I hope this jacket will bring warmth and comfort to me, as it did for you.

I miss you so much Daddy. I love you very much.

Love, Levi
Posted by Virginia Gallarde on October 23, 2020
Missing you, always praying for your peace & eternal glory with the Lord. Praying too for the healing & restoration for all of us who are left behind.
Posted by Virginia Gallarde on October 21, 2020
May the light of Jesus bring peace & salvation to your soul. For us who are left behind we always pray for strength & acceptance of the mortality of our earthly life. I love you & one day we will see each other in HEAVEN.
Posted by Lilli Schweitzer on October 20, 2020
Hi Dak,

I am missing you so much Dak. I am always thinking of you, everyday. I know you are now happy with the Lord. Nothing is the same anymore here on earth since you left us..all I have of you now are our memories and I will treasure them forever. Bye for now Dak, until we see each other again. I love you so much!
Posted by Kathryn Williams on October 14, 2020
From NONA

When someone you love becomes a memory,
The memory becomes a treasure...

October 7, 2020
Manong Leslie’s 40th Day
Posted by Grace Williams on October 7, 2020
Dear Dad,

Did you enjoy your 40th Day? Are you now in the clouds? Hope you get to receive the message I sent up with the balloon! It was weird that we felt it was you and not mere balloons that zoomed up to the heavens! That is why we were in tears while waving at the balloons!

Bye Dak, I know you will be absent in the body but present always in spirit, and especially in the things you taught us and the guidance you will send us through the Lord. For me, you have become part of the “cloud of witnesses” to inspire and help us attain victory. Thank you for watching over us and cheering us on the right way so that we ourselves will complete our race victoriously. Just like you did! I love you dad and I bless your memory forever.

Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Posted by Genevieve Liezel Bongon on October 7, 2020
Hola Dak,

I remember 2 or 3 months ago when Yvette and I were singing songs while hanging out with you, you asked me to sing this louder so you can clearly hear it. This song ‘I will - by the Beatles’ will now remain forever in my heart, always singing it with love, and remembering you especially with these lines:

Love you forever and forever
Love you with all my heart
Love you whenever we're together
Love you when we're apart

And when at last I find you
Your song will fill the air
Sing it loud so I can hear you
Make it easy to be near you
For the things you do, endear you to me
Oh, you know I will

I’ve been missing you more every day, Dad. And I’m having a hard time accepting the truth that you are no longer here with us. But one thing that gives me comfort is that I know that you are now with the Lord enjoying your new life, new body in heaven, without pain, and full of joy...

Te Amo, Daddy!!! Until we meet again...
Posted by Darren Hill on October 7, 2020
Dear Lolo,

We remember you each and everyday, and we miss you always. We know that you are now with the Lord, and free from sickness. God has blessed us all, by having had you in our lives. Thank you, and good bye, until we meet again.

Love Darren
Posted by Kathryn Williams on October 6, 2020
A Tribute with Flower from NONA

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we deeply love becomes
a part of us”  H. Keller
Posted by Randy Bongon on October 6, 2020
Hello Dad,

Good evening.
It's cold here in Barcelona, ​​like when we visited you there In Oregon last December 2018. It was a joy and honor to be able to serve and take care of you during those days. I will miss accompanying you in your room watching TFC shows while eating some snacks.
Even though you were not able to visit Barcelona, I'm sure you are already in the most beautiful place that the Lord has prepared for you.
You will no longer say 'Meron ba tayo dyan" anymore...Because it has everything you need.
Enjoy your new life in heaven with the Lord.

Love you and miss you Dad :)
Posted by Grace Williams on October 5, 2020
Today I light a candle for Dad in gratitude for God’s goodness to him. The other day, I read about the verse, “His lovingkindness is better than life.” I did not understand this before but now I know what it means. The Lord gave dad more than another extension to his mortal life (which He has done many times in the past). The Lord gave him more than “life” - he gave dad His Lovingkindness - which is way better than life itself! Because of His kindness, Dad is now in a place and in a state that is far, far better than we can desire or think of or imagine. One day, we will also receive such lovingkindness and will live and worship with Dad in Heaven forevermore. Amen.

I love you, Dad! You are now a new creation in Heaven. Looking forward to seeing you again when my time comes :)
Posted by Christine Manuel on October 4, 2020
Hello Lolo!

I'm so thankful I got to see you earlier this year! It wasn't the longest visit, but we got to spend some good times together.

Words can't describe the sadness, Lolo. In fact, words feel completely inadequate in articulating our loss, that it seems almost easier to keep it to ourselves.

But today, I just want to say good morning. The weather in Sydney's nice and warm... I think you'd like it. Love you, Lolo!
Posted by Cherrie Manuel on October 3, 2020
Good morning dad.

Here's a digital candle for you. It's safe - like your constant reminders about candles and fire.

Your Philippine obituary will be coming out tomorrow. In color! I remember how we would always spread out our Manila Bulletin newspaper and read all the pages. And on Sundays we'd look at the obit section to see if there's anyone we know.

We are missing you more each day, dad. We love you. 

Enjoy your walk with the Lord.❤
Posted by Sarah Williams on October 1, 2020
Love you lolo. Miss you. ♥️ I would like to dedicate this song to you: Little Wonders by Rob Thomas. I think of you everytime I hear it. I know you're very happy in Heaven.

Let it go
Let it roll right off your shoulder
Don't you know?
The hardest part is over
Let it in
Let your clarity define you
In the end
We will only just remember how it feels
Our lives are made
In these small hours
These little wonders
These twists and turns of fate
Time falls away
But these small hours
These small hours still remain
Let it slide
Let your troubles fall behind you
Let it shine
'Til you feel it all around you
And I don't mind
If it's me you need to turn to
We'll get by
It's the heart that really matters in the end
Our lives are made
In these small hours
These little wonders
These twists and turns of fate
Time falls away
But these small hours
These small hours still remain
All of my regret
Will wash away some how
But I cannot forget
The way I feel right now
In these small hours
These little wonders
These twists and turns of fate
Yeah, these twists and turns of fate
Time falls away
Yeah, but these small hours
And these small hours
Still remain, yeah
Oh, they still remain
These little wonders
Oh, these twists and turns of fate
Time falls away
But these small hours
These little wonders
Still remain


Posted by Cherrie Manuel on October 1, 2020
Dear Dad,

I love you, dad. I miss you so much.

I will miss you everyday for the rest of my life. 

Til we meet again, dad.

Love,
Che
Posted by Grace Williams on September 29, 2020
Dear Dad,

We are all missing you so much everyday so we put our hope in the Lord that one day, because we believe in Jesus, we will have a grand family reunion in Heaven - and will enjoy fellowship again above and beyond what we can even think and imagine! Enjoy the Lord's presence and glory, until we all see each other again! We love you, Dad!

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Recent Tributes
Posted by Olivia Lorenzana on October 24, 2020
Hi Dad,

Remember the blue Nike jacket, the one with the Australian logo on the front left side? I got that for you some years ago and sent it from Australia to the Philippines hoping you'd like it. True enough you loved that jacket, used it frequently and fondly called it your “Australia” jacket.

I've always felt happy every time I see photos of you wearing this jacket. I know in my heart that as you wore it, it was like you were telling me that you appreciate and love me. Though I couldn’t be there with you, you wearing that jacket was the nearest I could be. Knowing that it kept you warm, warms my heart; as it gave you comfort, it gives me joy.

Yesterday I received a package from the US and your jacket was in it. As I was holding this jacket, my heart broke into pieces. Images of you wearing this jacket came flashing through and I missed you so much. Looking at it, I realized it is the only closest thing I could ever be with you. So I held it tightly, snuggled, and hugged it like it was you. I cried and cried as I felt pain and deep sadness. I will no longer see you in this jacket… I will no longer see you…

I chose to keep this jacket to remember you by. In time, I pray that thoughts of you would no longer make me sad. In time, I hope this jacket will bring warmth and comfort to me, as it did for you.

I miss you so much Daddy. I love you very much.

Love, Levi
Posted by Virginia Gallarde on October 23, 2020
Missing you, always praying for your peace & eternal glory with the Lord. Praying too for the healing & restoration for all of us who are left behind.
Posted by Virginia Gallarde on October 21, 2020
May the light of Jesus bring peace & salvation to your soul. For us who are left behind we always pray for strength & acceptance of the mortality of our earthly life. I love you & one day we will see each other in HEAVEN.
his Life

Dad's Obituary published in the Manila Bulletin on Oct 4, 2020


For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
- I Thessalonians 4:16


LESLIE S. GALLARDE
May 24, 1944 - Aug. 28, 2020


Leslie peacefully joined his Creator on August 28, 2020 in Springfield, OR, USA.

He was born in Anda, Pangasinan and lived most of his life in Quezon City. He retired from the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company after 26 years of dedicated service. He immigrated to the USA in 2017 and resided in Eugene, Oregon in these last three years.

Leslie is survived by his wife of 52 years, Virginia Ellorimo Gallarde, and children Cherrie, Grace, Lester, Olivia May, Liezel and Yvette; daughter-in-law Reggie; sons in-law Cedric, Ronald, Paul, Randy, and Craig; Darren; and grandchildren Jet, Nikki, Kate, Makayla, Lance, MJ, Marge, Faith, Jhian, Reign, Yaa, and Roman.

His cremated remains will be brought home to the ancestral resting place in the Philippines. We thank you for your prayers and sympathies.

Recent stories
Shared by Kathryn Williams on October 19, 2020
I told this story in my eulogy for Dad and I will tell it again here. In early Elem I was the perfect example of a seven or eight-year-old kid who hated school or at least dreaded school so much. Honestly I had no idea what was going on everyday in school - I was totally lost. Our yayas made my homework and everyday my eyes were so puffed up from crying because I never wanted to go to school but had to everyday.

Anyway, one night (I was in Grade 2), I took out all my things from my bag, scattered them all on the floor (I still do this now!) and was trying to organize my new bag with wheels! Dad arrived from work, found me there sitting on the floor, blocking the way with all my school stuff, and as he stepped over, he put his hand on my head and said, “Mag aral ka nang mabuti.” He added, “Gusto ko first honor ka”. I sat there slightly shocked. Dad did not talk like that normally and with matching hand-on-my-head, so the words got my full attention.

I guess I took those words very seriously because that night I stayed up to memorize all 5 or 6 stanzas of the assigned poem for the week. Was it “All Things Bright and Wonderful”? Or some poem from our Balarila? I can’t remember exactly now. But I slept late because I did not stop until I mastered this poem.

The following morning, Ms Fabe’s question as to who was ready to recite the poem up front (this was a morning drill) was met with deafening silence. The air was so still for maybe 20 seconds then I timidly raised my hand. I am sure my teacher was pleasantly surprised (if not shocked) and I do remember feeling so feverish, and with a voice so loud and clear, I delivered the poem flawlessly from beginning to end! There was thunderous applause in the room! I have never experienced such success in school so I did my best again the following day and the day following it, until I truly became a studious student!

That year I got the First Honor award and I got it year after year until I graduated Valedictorian of my class!! Dad was the one who always went up the stage to pin my medal or ribbon. I think Mama allowed him that honor. The picture above was the year I got First Honor award for the first time! That was Grade 2 graduation. Dad must have been so proud because since then he would always introduce me to their friends as “eto ang first honor namen”.

Thank you Daddy for inspiring me to do my best with a simple, few-worded encouragement! I will always remember that. I love you Dad and I will be grateful to you - always!! Mwah mwah!!

Funny to the end

Shared by Cherrie Manuel on October 7, 2020
Towards his last few weeks, the doctors were advocating for a 'Do Not Resuscitate' (DNR) order. They find dad's state to be so frail that 'Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation' (CPR) will only put additional, yet hopeless, strain on his body. They prefer a peaceful passing for him. 
And so, after yet another discussion to change his order from 'Full Code' to DNR, the conversation went like this:
Doctor: So Leslie, if you decide to go with D.N.R., we won't do any C.P.R. on you. You understand what that means?
Without skipping a beat, dad replied: "R.I.P."
You never lost your humor dad. No matter how grave and serious things are, you always see the lighter side of life. 
Rest in peace, dad.  
We love and miss you so much.

Calling Dad at PLDT

Shared by Grace Williams on September 30, 2020
When I first learned how to use the telephone (landline), I was probably 8 or 9,  it was dad’s office that I would always call. Most of the time I would phone to make “sumbong” whoever hurt or threatened me. Or ask dad to buy a project material required the next day. I remember the first few times I called, I would say, “Hello? Pwede po ba makausap si Daddy?” The person at the other end would laugh and ask “Ne, sino ba ang Daddy mo?” Lol! Sometimes I would call several times a day. He just let me call anytime even for petty reasons. His responses were just “Hello?”, “ok”, “oo”, “sige”, “babay”.  Dad never reprimanded me nor discouraged me from calling even if maybe my calls were annoying. Thanks Dad, love you!