Obituary of Joffre N. Antonio, Jr.
Joffre N. Antonio Jr., our beloved and sweet father was called home on January 15, 2021. Jun, as he was lovingly known, was our hero. Until his very last days he was generous, selfless, humble, and brave. He was a hardworking family man, who would do anything and sacrificed so much for his family. His story and journey truly changed the course of the lives of our family.
Jun was born on November 16, 1949 in Camiling, Tarlac, Philippines. He always had a love of learning. In high school, he joined the ROTC and graduated from Manuel L. Quezon Prep High School in 1966. He studied at and majored in Mechanical Engineering at the University of the East in Manila, Philippines from 1966-1970. In 1970, Jun and his father came to the United States. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1971 and became a U.S. citizen shortly after. He served 20 years proudly and honorably, retiring as a Master Sergeant in various roles as a Flight Medic, in the Emergency Room, Obstetrician Ward, and Immunization Clinic. He played a huge role in bringing his siblings and his family over to America. He was a proud Filipino immigrant and he modeled for us how to pursue your dreams and to create a successful, happy life.
He was everything a father should be, teaching us to be model citizens, to never stop learning, instilling the importance of family, integrity, and generosity. He always supported us and encouraged us to pursue our dreams and goals. He was truly our number one fan.
He was a lover of music, not only enjoying listening to it, but teaching himself how to play guitar. He was always reading and writing. Many thought he could have had another career in writing as he was so eloquent with words. Jun was an avid sports fan, loving all of the San Francisco Bay Area teams and the University of Arizona Wildcats. He loved to cook and always made the best dishes. He was such a jokester and loved to have fun and be creative. We always said he was tough on the outside but a huge teddy bear on the inside.
Jun was predeceased by his parents Joffre C. Antonio and Consuelo Antonio. Survived by his three children, Christopher Antonio, Lorraine Flanagan, and Kirsten Antonio, his son and daughter in law Bobby Flanagan and Jessica Antonio, six grandchildren Ezaraiah, Elisha, Leighton, Keegan, Karis, and Cayden, his family Don and Myra, Lhanie and Genna and their children Ben and Arielle, and his eight siblings Lina, Precy, Ray, Eddie, Virgil, Margie, Will, and Clinton, as well as many nieces and nephews. Dad you will forever be missed and in our hearts. We will continue to treasure all of the precious memories. We will carry on your legacy and make you proud. We look forward to being reunited with you in heaven one day. We know you are enjoying being reunited with Grandpa and Grandma in the presence of our Heavenly Father. Until we meet again, Dad, Pops, Daddy, Lolo Jun, 143444!To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joffre Antonio, Jr., please visit Tribute Store