Even before dying, Gerry Adaza showed strength

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

TEARY eyed, Lawyer Guerrero “Gerry” Adaza locked his gaze on the ceiling as if staring to someone while at his hospital bed minutes before the vital sign monitor flatlined.

He was losing oxygen and doctors could no longer revive him, but the sweet smile he managed to crack before his last breath assured his family that everything is going to be fine.

Lawyer Adaza turned 72 days before his passing.


“Even in his last breath, we could not see a trace of weakness, for he was brave to face death just like what he did when he lost his voice after he was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx,” Gerry’s wife Paquita said.

She added: “According to my husband, his condition was not a hindrance to do the normal things that he used to do and the best part – we drew closer to the Lord.”

His departure may have been sudden, but his death was expected by Paquita.

Mrs. Adaza does not mourn the death of her husband for she knew it was coming, in a vision she experienced last year.

Paquita, along with her husband, is a devotee of the Divine Mercy and stood as one of the pillars that built the Divine Mercy Shrine at El Salvador City.

Mrs. Adaza said the Divine Mercy Shrine was perhaps the greatest miracle they witnessed.

Big heart

For Rommel, Adaza's second son, he recalled his dad to have a big heart, strict, disciplinarian yet a doting and compassionate father and grandfather.

Rommel described his dad in three A’s.

The first A is admiration, for his father was an eloquent speaker and a great writer, a good lawyer marked with much achievement. Atty. Gerry had a great voice that he was tagged the local version of Frank Sinatra.

The other A is for adoration. Atty. Gerry was a known perfectionist that helped him attain his career with flying colors.

“My father was also a great leader, his affiliations would show the kind of person he was,” he added.

Atty. Adaza held various posts in the organizations he served: president, Cagayan de Oro Association of Practicing Attorneys; board of director, Cagayan de Oro Water District; president, Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Misamis Oriental-Cagayan de Oro Chapter; president emeritus, United Way of the Philippines Charter president, Rotary Club of Bay Area, Cagayan de Oro City; 1st head servant, Oasis of Love, Cagayan de Oro Chapter; president emeritus, Divine Mercy Foundation of Mindanao Phils, Inc.?

“And the last A is that we absolutely loved him,” Rommel said.

“My father was surrounded with love, not only from my mother, my two other siblings Guerrero Gustavo and Moses David, and from his seven grandchildren: Trisha Xandria, Mary Stephany, Peachy Ann Marie, Mike, Sarah Grace Louise, Joshua David, Michaela but to many who personally knew my father as we only return the love he shared to us.”??

Rommel proudly said he inherited every characteristic of his father except for the law profession for he chose to be a family man and a businessman.

“He wanted us to choose the path we are most happy with and that made him happy too,” Rommel said.

Trisha, the eldest granddaughter, longed to spend more time with her granddad. She wanted him to be there on her debut this March.

Cookie, Trisha’s mother, said, “everything has been set for the celebration that we have been looking forward to.”??

Friends, relatives and loved ones will surely miss the local Frank Sinatra, the leader, the doting father, the generous grandfather and the God-fearing person, Paquita said.

Atty. Adaza will be laid to rest at the Oro Gardens in barangay Lumbia on February 1, 2014.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 25, 2014.

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