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Leovigildo "Leo" Catabay

November 25, 1925 - January 3, 2019

Leovigildo (Leo) Celino Catabay, 93 peacefully passed away on January 3, 2019 in Portland, OR. in the comforts of his own home in the presence of family and loved ones.


Final viewing will be held from, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. January 12, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.


There will be a Rosary at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 12, with Father Ted Prentice of St Joseph’s the Worker Catholic Church, officiating. Eulogy by Fr. Ted.


Reception to follow at the Church Hall.


Burial service will be held Monday, January 14, at Willamette National Cemetery. Arrangements are by Holman’s Funeral Home.


Leovigildo Celino Catabay was born on November 25, 1925 in Bolinao, Pangasinan Philippine Islands to his father Roman Catabay and his mother Prescilla Celino Catabay. He married Eleanor Catabay on July 25th 1951 in Vancouver, WA. He was a veteran of World War II achieving PFC 1st class rank and served in the Philippine Army from 1945 until 1949 when he was honorably discharged. He worked as a bartender at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Portland, and also was a member of the FIL-AM Association of Portland. He enjoyed singing song together with his wife, fishing of all kind, playing pool, planting vegetables in his garden and spending quality time with family. As the patriarch of the family, he was a great father, husband and role model who made everyone around him a better person. He will be dearly missed and his memories will endure forever. He has finally been reunited with his late wife and love of his life Eleanor Catabay, as they now can rest in love for all of eternity.


Leovigildo is survived by his 8 children; Jolanda Catabay, Leonida McPherson, (Donnie), Leo Catabay Jr, Melaina Catabay, Lian Fox, (Ed Matthews), Marcella Wilkes, (George), Angelina Jackson, (Anthony), Roman Catabay: brothers and sister Didoy Catabay, Pionalita Cabatic and Anacleto Catabay: 15 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and 11 great great grandchildren.


Leovigildo is preceded in death by his lovely wife Eleanor Catabay, 4 siblings; Cedrico Catabay, Emelia Tugade, Dalmacio Catabay, and Florentino Catabay; and granddaughter Victoria Catabay-McKenzie.


Pallbearers will be; Augustino Fox, Monty Catabay, Damon McPherson Sr, Antonio Jackson, Aaron Fox, Niko Catabay, and Kai Catabay.


The family of Leovigildo wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Visiting Angels, Legacy Hospice, Veteran Affairs, and St Joseph’s the Worker Catholic Church.




He Only Takes The Best

God saw that he was getting tired,

And a cure was not to be,

So He put His arms around him,

And whispered. . .

“Come With Me”

With tearful eyes

We watched him suffer,

And saw him fade away,

Although we loved him dearly,

We could not make him stay,

A golden heart stopped beating,

Hard working hands to rest;

God took him from this earth

To prove. . .

He only takes the best.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

End Time: 12:00 pm

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church


2400 SE 148th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97233

A rosary service will take place before mass at 10:30 am.

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, January 14, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

End Time: 11:30 am

Willamette National Cemetery


11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97086

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