Today is the 10 year death anniversary of my brother-in-law, Joel Filio…
Joel’s life was cut short when on Wednesday, January 19, 2000, while attending an engineering conference, he had suffered a massive stroke. He collapsed into the arms of a co-worker during dinner just after salad had been served. And although he appeared to remain conscious while being loaded into the ambulance, on the way to the hospital he slipped into a coma and never regained consciousness.
He was taken off life-support the following day on Thursday, January 20, 2000 after being pronounced brain-dead as a result of massive internal hemmorhaging to his brain.
His death was a tragic and devastating blow to family & friends, for he was still a young man of 44 with a wife and son, had a blossoming career in Civil Engineering, and still had so many things to look forward to in his life.
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As a Mining Engineer he was affiliated with Marinduque Mining and Industrial Corps. and with Eagle Mining Corps. in the Philippines. He was a Grading Inspector and Professional Civil Engineer with Smith-Emery GeoServices here in the United States for the last 12 years.
He was born on November 14, 1955 at PIM Hospital, Larap, Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte. He was the fifth child of nine children by the Catholic couple Benjamin Filio Sr. and Amalia Montes, 10 years younger than the oldest child, and 10 years older than the youngest child.
At 32 years old, Joel came to the United States with his brothers, Noel and Junior, to join his parents who were already here through the sponsorship of their eldest brother.
He became a loving husband and father when he married Carlyn Belmonte Rull, the daughter of the devout Catholic couple from San Diego, Carlos Rull Sr. and Janet Belmonte, on November 11, 1989. Joel and Carlyn were blessed with a son, Michael Gabriel, on April 26, 1991.
Besides his family and career, Joel had a wide range of interests from the unimportant to the important, from astrology to politics, from computer science to current events and trivia.
We will miss him…
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From the Rull and Filio Families
“It is a pleasure to
share with you our joy in our
beloved Joel’s eternal
peace & happiness.
We thank you for the
wonderful thoughts of love
& kindness, and your
sincere expression of
May we all be comforted
by the thought that the soul
of our beloved Joel is now
resting peacefully in the
reassuring presence of
our Lord, Jesus Christ.”
. . . .
The Lord is my Shepherd;
I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside still waters.
He restoreth my soul;
He leadeth me in the paths of
righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil;
For Thou are with me;
Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord