Dr. Calaycay’s service will be Livestreamed from the church. You can view it by clicking here.
Pacifico “Chito” Suguitan Calaycay, MD of Strongsville, OH, was called to our Lord on July 11, 2022 at the age of 85.
Beloved husband of Juanita “Jenny”; Loving father of Jocelyn Piskach (Donald) and Jasmarie Wilkens (Eric); Cherished grandfather of Jonas Piskach, Jordan Piskach, Kainoa Piskach, Victoria Wilkens and Catherine Wilkens; and brother of Edmund Calaycay.
Pacifico was preceded in death by his parents, Faustino and Victoria; brothers, Ronulfo Calaycay and Infante Calaycay; and sister, Amelia Solomon.
A graduate of Manila Central University in 1963, he practiced medicine as an obstetrician / gynecologist at Marian General Hospital in Manila, Philippines. After immigrating to the United States in 1971, he also practiced at Lafayette Hospital in Buffalo, NY, as well as the Industrial Clinic and Olympia Medical Center in Cleveland, OH.
Placing God and family first, for many years, he was an active member of the Filipino Community, serving as former Area Commander for the Knights of Rizal, Cleveland Chapter, as well as an active member of the Philippine American Ministry and Bukas Loob sa Diyos.
An avid gardener, Chito had a “green thumb” and could often be found outside, tending to his variety of flowers and vegetables. It was his therapy, and he proudly shared his harvest with others. He also enjoyed a good party with any type of dancing, specifically ballroom dancing— his favorite exercise!
We will miss his gift of humor. He always had a laugh/joke/anecdote to share. Chito was always well-dressed to the nines, sporting stand-out outfits. He was a social butterfly; always friendly and gregarious, with a contagious smile. He was a wonderful conversationalist and a great story teller, engaging even strangers and always very welcoming. He always put others before him, and loved to share all that he had. He was so very meticulous and detail oriented, always making sure his “T’s were crossed” and his “I’s dotted”, but more often than not, he would cross his eyes, just to get a laugh. The son of musical parents, he was a music lover and could whistle & harmonize along with any tune, tapping in tempo the whole time. A man ahead of his time, he was environmentally conscious, always looking to recycle, reuse, and refurbish, looking out for future generations. He was never wasteful; with a “good to the last drop” mentality.
Chito had a tenacity to survive for the love of his family. He was a true fighter to the end, never giving up. His wife and family were his purpose in life, mustering up whatever strength he had to enjoy events with his children, grandchildren and his Philippine community.
The family will receive friends on Friday, July 15 from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Williams On The Lake, 787 Lafayette Road, Medina. There will also be a one hour visitation beginning at 9:00 am Saturday, July 16 at St. Ambrose Church, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick, with the Funeral Mass beginning at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Memory Gardens, Brunswick. You can watch a livestream of the Mass by clicking here.
Floral arrangements should be sent to Williams On The Lake prior to 3:00 pm Friday.
In an effort to remain safe during these questionable times, disposable masks will be available.