FANHS is deeply saddened by the loss of the long-time member of our FANHS family – Joe Montano. Our FANHS Executive Director, Dorothy Cordova and the FANHS Trustees express their condolences to Joe’s family and loved ones. Please see the attached heartfelt tribute from the FANHS Family to the Montano Family – by our FANHS President Emerita: Dr. Joan May T. Cordova
• For another tribute, please click on this link to hear Senator Tim Kaine’s message.
In Memoriam: Joe Montano of FANHS-Hampton Roads Chapter (August 28, 1968 – July 25, 2016)
The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) mourns the passing of a long-time FANHS member, José “Joe” Montano, Jr. He passed away in his Falls Church, Virginia, home on the weekend of July 25, 2016, at the age of 47.
In the attached tribute, Dr. Joan May T. Cordova, FANHS President Emerita, remembers how Joe attended a Filipino American youth symposium sponsored by the FANHS Hampton Roads Chapter in 1993 and he often credited that experience as one that sparked his interest in learning and sharing Filipino American history. Joe Montano was one of the earliest advocates for October to be declared Filipino American History Month by the U.S. Congress. He also contributed to two books published by the FANHS-Hampton Roads Chapter: In Our Aunties’ Words: The Filipino American Spirit of Hampton Roads (an intergenerational, pictorial oral history of Filipino American women in his hometown of Norfolk and neighboring Virginia Beach, VA, 2004) and its sequel, In Our Uncles’ Words: We Fought For Freedom (an intergenerational oral history of Filipino American men of the Hampton Roads area who served in the United States Navy, 2007). The In Our Uncles’ Words book includes an interview of Joe’s father, José Montano, Sr., who served as a naval steward in the White House for President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Joe Montano, Jr., never forgot this legacy as he advocated for Filipino Americans in his many positions in Washington DC, most recently, as Senator Tim Kaine’s Northern Virginia Regional Director of Constituent Services. On the same day that he accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for Vice President, Senator Kaine gave an emotional tribute to Joe, captured on video, here: https://youtu.be/jULMeEgfews
Our FANHS family gives thanks and condolences to the Montano family. Read the FANHS tribute to Joe, written by Dr. Joan May T. Cordova, FANHS President Emerita, here: • Download the tribute
Read the Montano family’s obituary for Joe, here:
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Joe’s honor for funeral expenses; additional money raised will be donated to support the causes that Joe was passionate about: https://www.youcaring.com/joe-montano-611355
For a slideshow of photos of Joe, see: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joemontanova
For the latest information about memorial services, please visit the Live Like Joe Page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Live-Like-Joe-1025500774194249/
Memorial Services for José “Joe” Montano, Jr.
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday, August 5, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m: Visitation at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, 8464 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23518.
Saturday, August 6, 2016, 12:00 p.m. Funeral mass at St. Pius X, located on 7800 Halprin Dr., Norfolk, VA 23518. Joe’s final resting place will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery on 3000 Church Street, Norfolk, Virginia.
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