ForeverMissed
Dear Family and Friends, thank you for your love and support as we announce the passing of our beloved Nicanor Padilla Nabong.  Whether you know him as Nicanor, Nick, Kuya Nick, Pare, Dad or Grandpa his memory lives on through all of us. 

This page is intended to collect your condolences, testimonials, and memories. Please share a message to the family as a Tribute (see below), or post a story about Nick.  It would mean so much to us to hear from all of you.  You can add photos and even videos to each story post.    

Thank you so much. 



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Nick had specific instructions for this moment.  He wanted to be cremated and his ashes will remain with Evelyn in the Philippines until she's ready to come back to the United States. Nicanor's final resting place will be in the Bay Area at a later time. 
We will have a Virtual Celebration of Life for Nicanor Padilla Nabong. 
Saturday, February 27, 7pm Pacific Standard Time | Sunday, 11am Philippines Time
We welcome family and friends to speak and share condolences, memories, stories and tributes for Nick.  Please contact Leslie Calmerin(Peachy) | leslie.calmerin@outlook.com or call 650-278-2066 so you can be added on the virtual schedule. 
Topic: Nicanor Padilla Nabong's Memorial Service
Time: Feb 27, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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If you would like to make a monetary contribution to the family for funeral expenses and helping Evelyn during this difficult time, please use the following methods:

*Registered with Zelle as Avelina C. Nabong | email: avelscn@yahoo.com
*Venmo Leslie Calmerin @Leslie-Calmerin
*Mail to : Leslie Calmerin | 331 Myrtle Lane, Oakley, California 94561

  

Posted by Danah Rigby on February 27, 2021
Uncle Nick inspired in me a deep love for song and music. I remember Uncle Nick singing and playing the guitar at campfires when we went camping. I loved listening to his bands play as well as listening to him sing, especially with Auntie Evelyn. (Auntie Evelyn - you have a beautiful voice!) Uncle Nick was so talented, being a singer and musician.  All of the singing and music made all of our family gatherings so special and unforgettable! 

In addition to his talents, as a man Uncle Nick was so kind, loving, and so much fun. I remember he took us to Reno in his van, and we stopped on the side of the road next to the lake, and he swam in the cold winter lake. He loved the outdoors and the power and beauty of nature. The source of all that power and beauty Jehovah "will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:4)

There's so much to love about Uncle Nick. I loved his perpetual smiles that always brightened up everybody's day. Uncle Nick will be forever remembered, loved, and cherished!!!



Posted by jubal nabong on February 27, 2021
There isn't any time that I can remember Uncle Nick not having a smile on his face. I recall one day at the farm in Stockton hanging out with some of the cousins at the front watching Palos jimmy-rig something and Uncle Nick comes running over to us and says "Jubie I need to borrow your motorcycle to pick up something important from the store". He jumps on my bike and rips it down the highway. About 30 minutes later I hear my bike and here comes Uncle Nick just grinning from ear to ear. He parks in front of me empty handed and I asked him what did he have to go get. He smiled right past me and then points to his back. There was a small box of feminine hygiene product halfway sticking up from the back of his pants........Here's to uncles that helped shape us to who we are. Love you Uncle Nick.
Posted by Zariv Nabong on February 14, 2021
When we were young kids living on Shotwell st. SF, three guys walking past our house decided to take off with one of our bikes. Uncle Nick started to yell at them and followed them. Although the hoodlems dropped the bike and hurried to get away, Uncle Nick still persued them ! Uncle Nick was courageous and fearless ! He was also a classy showman. He loved music and enjoyed performing. As he was playing the guitar for an event in SF some years ago, he began doing kicks in the air and performed really Kool dance moves. Uncle Nick was a natural showman . Uncle Nick will be sorely missed ........
- Bong
Posted by Luis MARTINEZ on February 10, 2021
Condolence to you and your family Leslie. Your father Nick will continue to watch over you and your family. To keep you guys safe. Rest in Peace .
Posted by Leslie Calmerin on February 8, 2021
Dear Dad,

I have fond memories of us and I will cherish them forever. Remember the times riding our bikes through Fort Funston watching the hang gliders, exploring the caves and nature- you showed me the ocean and the beauty on earth. Or how about the times you brought me to work and for whatever reason I enjoyed working with you fiddling with the CAD computer trying to be like you and draft up some blue prints. I love roller skating spending hours through Embarcadero and exploring that fountain and doing nothing else but that. I will also never forget the lessons you taught, like learning how to swim by just throwing me in the water (scary). And, teaching me to drive a stick shift through the hills of San Francisco (pressure foreals). I especially loved when you took me out for rides on your motorcycle and we would just pasyal pasyal without any helmets- just cruising. Thank you Dad for all the great memories and I wish we had more time to make more! I love you so much and I miss you dearly. Rest in Peace dad and until we meet again.

I love you always,
Your daughter Peachy

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Posted by Danah Rigby on February 27, 2021
Uncle Nick inspired in me a deep love for song and music. I remember Uncle Nick singing and playing the guitar at campfires when we went camping. I loved listening to his bands play as well as listening to him sing, especially with Auntie Evelyn. (Auntie Evelyn - you have a beautiful voice!) Uncle Nick was so talented, being a singer and musician.  All of the singing and music made all of our family gatherings so special and unforgettable! 

In addition to his talents, as a man Uncle Nick was so kind, loving, and so much fun. I remember he took us to Reno in his van, and we stopped on the side of the road next to the lake, and he swam in the cold winter lake. He loved the outdoors and the power and beauty of nature. The source of all that power and beauty Jehovah "will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:4)

There's so much to love about Uncle Nick. I loved his perpetual smiles that always brightened up everybody's day. Uncle Nick will be forever remembered, loved, and cherished!!!



Posted by jubal nabong on February 27, 2021
There isn't any time that I can remember Uncle Nick not having a smile on his face. I recall one day at the farm in Stockton hanging out with some of the cousins at the front watching Palos jimmy-rig something and Uncle Nick comes running over to us and says "Jubie I need to borrow your motorcycle to pick up something important from the store". He jumps on my bike and rips it down the highway. About 30 minutes later I hear my bike and here comes Uncle Nick just grinning from ear to ear. He parks in front of me empty handed and I asked him what did he have to go get. He smiled right past me and then points to his back. There was a small box of feminine hygiene product halfway sticking up from the back of his pants........Here's to uncles that helped shape us to who we are. Love you Uncle Nick.
Posted by Zariv Nabong on February 14, 2021
When we were young kids living on Shotwell st. SF, three guys walking past our house decided to take off with one of our bikes. Uncle Nick started to yell at them and followed them. Although the hoodlems dropped the bike and hurried to get away, Uncle Nick still persued them ! Uncle Nick was courageous and fearless ! He was also a classy showman. He loved music and enjoyed performing. As he was playing the guitar for an event in SF some years ago, he began doing kicks in the air and performed really Kool dance moves. Uncle Nick was a natural showman . Uncle Nick will be sorely missed ........
- Bong
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Obituary

Nicanor Padilla Nabong left us for eternal life with God on February 4, 2021 with his wife by his side.  He was born in Pasay City, Manilla in Philippines on February 20, 1952 to Floro Nabong and Gertrudes Padilla Nabong/deGuzman. 
In 1970 he made his way to San Francisco, California to join his brothers and sisters.  He found his sweetheart Avelina Calmerin (Evelyn) and they married on January 13, 1972.  To this union, three children were born: Leslie Anne Nabong (Peachy), Jaime Lyn Nabong and Lloyd Nicholas Nabong.  Nick and Evelyn enjoyed most of their family life in the Bay Area.  In the summer of 2017 they moved back to Philippines so they can enjoy their retirement together, until his passing 15 days prior to his 69th birthday.
Nick was very curious and enjoyed the adventures of life.  Evelyn often called him MacGyver for his extraordinary talent to problem solve, he had a competitive spirit and was a music aficionado.  Surrounded by family who loved music and karaoke, inspired by the singings of Kuya Reg and Kuya Robert, he became an entertainer.  Nick also played instruments and performed with his brothers, extended family and dear friends.  Most of all, he adored singing with his wife Evelyn- they were a beautiful duet.  He loved to perform during gatherings no matter big or small and was also in a few bands, notably he was known for being a "one man band".  Nick loved to be creative on his keyboard, played the guitar and was a singer. 
Nicanor is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and siblings.  He was a father to his two daughters and son: Peachy, Jaime and Lloyd. He cherished his grandchildren: Jalen, Jaren, Nathan, Lauryn and Jacob.  He was a brother to his siblings: Regalado (preceded by death), Roberto (preceded by death), Cesar (preceded by death), Rodolfo (preceded by death), Ruth, Bernardo, Virginia, Domingo and Benjamin. 







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My Brother

Shared by Domingo de Guzman on February 24, 2021
May my brother Kuya Nick, Nicanor Padilla Nabong Rest In Peace, and my condolences and prayers to his immediate Family - his wife Ate Evelyn, and their children, Peachy, Jaime Lyn, and Lloyd as well as to his/our sister Ate Ruth and his de Guzman siblings, Kuya Nardo, Ate Vergie, myself Domingo, and Ben.

Kuya Nick was a talented entertainer; at our numerous Family events and gatherings, pre-pandemic days, I remember him playing guitar and taking turns singing with our older brothers and amazing singers Kuya Reg, Kuya Robert, and Kuya Dol, and our brother-in-law Raymond. I’m very grateful for the many joys he and our brothers gave to us during their time.

Further, I’m thankful for his time taking care of me while I was his younger teenage brother newly arrived from the Philippines and growing up at our uncle’s house at Shotwell and various apartments in the Mission district of SF.He brought me along to many picnics, played basketball with me, and showed me how to ride a motorcycle.

Rest In Peace Kuya Nick, my Brother always.

Love you forever Uncle Nick

Shared by Rocelle Nabong on February 23, 2021
When I think back to my childhood I have a lot of memories with my Uncle Nick from him and my dad (Palos) singing all hours of the night to family time spent at the farm but one memory stands out the most.. As a little girl Uncle Nick would pay me in nickels to draw on his feet with a pen until he fell asleep. I would draw til there was no space left lol. And atthe time I didn’t understand how much money a nickel was but I thought it was a lot. Haha
Miss you Uncle, May you Rest in Love. 
Shared by Ruth Nabong Clark on February 10, 2021
I was probably closest to Nick out of all my brother-in-laws, from the time I married his sister until he left for the Philippines, he and Evelyn were always a part of my life.  In the seventies we lived around the corner from each other in Daly City, I commuted on the back of his bike to our jobs in the city (no helmet), the first band I sang in was with Nick. Off and on for close to eight years.  Santa Cruz, Clear lake, Escalon, we traveled as one big family, kids and friends in tow. Nick and I shared a casual informal relationship, I could just show up at his door without invitation and be welcomed in, but he was like that with everyone he knew.  If Ruth and I ever needed anything Nick and Evelyn would always provide, if they could, without a word or a second thought.  I will miss my brother, but Jehovah willing I will see him again, In the mean time I will continue to forever love him and Evelyn. Ruth and I will also continue to love and look out for Peachy, Jamie, and Lloyd. A family that will forever be in my heart.  
Goodbye my brother. .... Raymond