A funeral Mass was offered July 17 at  St Aloysius Church for Benedicto “Benny” dela Calzada Saquibal, 64. He passed away July 11 in Jersey City. He was born on March 8, 1957, to Jesus Saquibal and Beatriz dela Calzada Saquibal in Paranaque, Manila, Philippines. As a child, he was funny, precocious, and strong. He was the youngest of eight children in the bustling streets of the Baclaran neighborhood. Against all odds, he studied and worked relentlessly, and graduated with a degree from the Guzman Institute of Electronics. He became a Licensed Master Electrician with the Board of Electrical Engineering in the Philippines. He proceeded to work the arduous tasks and long hours as a merchant marine on oil tankers that travelled the world. It was during those travels that he met his wife, Fe, in Libya. Benny and Fe emigrated to the United States with their two little girls, Angela and Soleil in 1993 to pursue the ‘American dream’. Benny worked over 20 years with the United States Postal Service as maintenance with the machines and robotics. He was passionate about his machines, solving robotic problems, and having a laugh with his co-workers. He was also a dedicated father who worked long hours to put food on the table, host the best barbecue pool parties every summer, and finance both daughters to attend top liberal arts colleges in America. He was a loving father who always pushed you to succeed and ready with a hug you with each fall. He regaled in telling stories about his daughters when they were kids – running around in the rain, eating copious amounts of barbecue, mischievous pranks, and many stories of spending time with Lola Beatriz. He was a dedicated husband to his wife – he encouraged her to pursue all her dreams, she had the best of everything, and every Valentine’s he always delivered two dozen roses to her office. Additionally, he valued being a part of the Masonic and Amaranth families. He was overjoyed being a part of an amazing brotherhood and creating wonderful bonds with all the families. Lastly, the one thing Benny loved to do more than anything was to laugh. He would be the one making a joke to one of his daughters right before taking the SATs, having a laugh with his Masonic brothers before/during/after meetings, and making fun of himself to make anyone laugh and have a good time.Benny lived a full life surrounded by his loving family, Masonic family, close friends, and acquaintances. He is survived by his wife, Fe Mones Saquibal and two daughters, Maria Angela Mones Saquibal and Maria Soleil Mones Saquibal. Services arranged by the Greenville Memorial Home, Jersey City.

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