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From the FANHS Family to the Montano Family: Remembering Joe Montano (1968-2016)

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_v9q_TKZFANHS 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

• Download the tribute

• 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:

http://www.hollomon-brown.com/obituary/Jose-Monge-Montano-Jr./Falls-Church-VA/1642402

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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Three Generations of Community Based Mentors: Joe Montano (standing, center) with left to right: Uncle Bob Santos, FANHS Founder & Executive Director Dorothy Laigo Cordova, FANHS Vice President Emerita Edwina Bergano, FANHS Trustee Ray Obispo, FANHS Hampton Roads Chapter Founding President Emeritus Allan Bergano, FANHS Vice President Emily Lawsin, and FANHS Founding President Emeritus Uncle Fred Cordova, at the FANHS National Office in Seattle, 2001. Photo: FANHS National Pinoy Archives (NPA)


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Proud Father and Son: After his dad’s interview at their home, Joe continues to work on the FANHS Hampton Roads oral history project, In Our Uncles’ Words: We Fought for Freedom. Photos: FANHS HR, 2006


 

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Mentoring at FIND: More than a decade after graduating from GW, Joe and Marlan Maralit continued to mentor students gathered at FIND’s national conference at the College of William & Mary. Photo: FANHS New England, 2005.


 

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Joe greets FANHS Trustees in Philadelphia: Joe meets up with Dawn Mabalon (CA), Ate’ Emily Lawsin (MI), Ray Obispo (VA), Ate’ Joanie – Joan May Cordova (PA) Photo: FANHS PA, 2007


 

Joe Greets GW Alumni Bettina Tamesis (Class of 2016) and his old friends Jojo Maralit and RJ Dionko. All spent years active in GW’s Philippine Cultural Society. Bettina says: “My friends spoke with Joe at PCS’s 30th Annual Gala and gained a lot of wisdom.” Photo: @ForCommunities for FANHS, 2015.

Joe Greets GW Alumni Bettina Tamesis (Class of 2016) and his old friends Jojo Maralit and RJ Dionko. All spent years active in GW’s Philippine Cultural Society. Bettina says: “My friends spoke with Joe at PCS’s 30th Annual Gala and gained a lot of wisdom.” Photo: @ForCommunities for FANHS, 2015.

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“I’ll always remember Joe’s smile,” says Auntie Dorothy Cordova at a reception following the first “White House Celebration of Filipino American History Month” in October 2015. Photo: @ForCommunities for FANHS, 2015


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Joe meets old and new FANHS leaders at Capitale, Washington, DC in October 2015. Pictured are FANHS Hampton Roads Founders Edwina and Allan Bergano, FANHS President Judy Patacsil and FANHS President Emeritus Mel Orpilla (both of California); FANHS President Emerita Joan May Cordova (Pennsylvania); FANHS Treasurer Christine Marasigan (Alaska); FANHS Trustee Pio DeCano, Jr. (Washington State) and friends. Photo: FANHS Alaska, 2015


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Photos @ForCommunities / 2015

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Photos @ForCommunities / 2015