Alejandro “Ando” Sabino, 86 years old of Calgary, AB passed away at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary on February 26, 2021 due to organ complication. Born in Tanza, Navotas Philippines, Ando was a loving husband and was married for 60 years to Gertrudes “Odeng” Sabino. He is survived by his wife Odeng and was blessed with daughters Angelina, Virginia, Grace and Miracle and sons-in-law Noli, Henry, Imtaz and Keith. He is also survived by his grandchildren Erika, Eric, Dianne, Gian, Alyssa, Thea, John, Joshua, Sadel, Syrd Keith and great-grandchild Kyle.
Alejandro was a fisherman and managed his own piggery business in the Philippines. He moved to Canada in 2006 and worked at the Chinook Centre.
Alejandro lived his life by giving all to his family and he was always helping friends and relatives. His motto in life was “Time is Gold”. His favorite singer was Ruben Tagalog. He was a peacemaker who never chose sides, and always encourage each other to forgive, let go and move on. He always inspired us by showing dedication to everything he did. He was a very disciplined person and made time to exercise everyday even at his age, and ate mostly boiled vegetables and oatmeal. He was a strong, courageous, and God-fearing person. He will always be an inspiration to us. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Alejandro is best described through this verse, Corinthians 13:7 “Love bears all things, believe all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Due to covid regulations, a private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church with The Rev. Andrew Maruszczak, SDS presiding. To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Alejandro, visit www.choicememorial.com. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.
My Last Request
Please do not say that I gave up, just say that I gave in.
Do not say I lost the battle, for it was God’s war to lose or win.
Please do not say how good I was, but that I did my best.
Just say I tried to do what is right, to give the most I could in life.
Please do not give me wings and halos, that is for God to do.
I want no more than I deserve. No extras, just my due.
Please do not give flowers or talk in harsh tones.
Do not be concerned about me now, I am well with God, I have made it home.
Do not talk about what could have been, its over and done.
Just see to all my family needs.
The battle has been won!
When you draw a picture of me,
Do not draw me a saint. I have done some good, I have done some wrong….
So, use all your paint. Not just the bright and light tones.
Use some gray and dark. In fact, do not put me down in canvas,
Just paint me in your heart.
Do not just remember all the good times, but remember all the bad,
For life is full of many things. Some happy and some sad.
But if you must do something.
Then I have only one request.
Forgive me for the wrongs I have done.
And with the love that is left,
Thanks, God for my soul’s resting.
Thank God for all who loved me,
and praise God who love me the best.