Dr. Geronimo Sagullo Magsino born September 30, 1938 in Candelaria, Quezon, Philippines, passed away on April 18, 2020 in Queens, New York. He was 81.
Geronimo was the sixth out of nine children born to Gabriel Robledo Magsino and Sofia Sagullo. He studied medicine at University of Santo Tomas in Manila where he met Miriam Villaseca. They married in 1966 and immigrated to the United States, where Geronimo accepted a residency position in Chicago. The 'windy city' is also where their first son, Jonathan, was born. Afterwards, Geronimo moved the family to New York where he was a resident at New York University. He and Miriam continued to grow their family including Marivi, Tisha and Michael.
Geronimo was funny, kind and adventurous. He loved traveling and learning about different parts of the U.S. from the beaches of Long Island to the mountains of Maine. In his free time, Geronimo was very creative and loved to paint landscapes and portraits, play piano, and challenge his friends and family to chess. He was also a bit of an inventor creating everything from a board game called, "Try-A-Mil", which he sent to Parker Brothers, "The Dumb Bag" which looked a lot like the years-later, mass-marketed "Snuggie", to the drink "Milk-O" which was a combination of milk and orange juice. Geronimo drew a schematic for parking lot spike strips decades before they became a reality. He sent the diagrams to the White House and received a letter of thanks for his invention. He loved science and was a dedicated reader of Science Times and Scientific American. He always equated the birth year of his daughter Tisha, in 1969, with the year of America's moon landing. He was at heart a dreamer.
Geronimo and Miriam decided to settle in Coram and then Port Jefferson, NY - both suburbs on Long Island. He had a private practice for many years and was part of St. Charles and John T. Mather hospitals. He also served as the director at the Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged. Besides work, he loved gardening and landscaping and loved growing privet hedges. He spent time with his family - fishing, crabbing, boating, picking fresh peaches, cruising in his Cadillac and taking family road trips in the station wagon. After the children graduated from college, Geronimo and Miriam went back to city life working at various NYC area hospitals. They spent their retirement years in Virginia Beach, VA where they enjoyed walking the boardwalk, eating fresh seafood and taking drives up and down the coast. Plus, they were active parishoners at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. Recently, Geronimo and Miriam moved back to Woodside, NY and belong to Saint Sebastian parish. They chose to be closer to family, Filipino food and the city they loved.
Geronimo outlived his brothers Moises, Vicente, Geminiano, Paulo, Edilberto, and Erasmo and is survived by his sisters Carmen and Coring. His immediate family will miss him dearly including his wife of 54 years, Dr. Miriam Magsino, as well as his children and their spouses Jonathan and Jennifer Magsino, Marivi and Keith Valcourt, Teresita Magsino, and Mick and Cara Magsino. Geronimo was also the proud grandfather to Jared, Audrey, Nigel and Noel.
May He Rest in Peace
During this difficult time, his funeral and burial will be private. An in-person memorial service will be planned once restrictions are lifted. There will be a live stream of the committal posted for 90 days starting Thursday, April 23 at 9:30AM EST. Here is the link: http://client.tribucast.com/tcid/26331342
Arrangements have been entrusted to McManus-Lorey Funeral Home, 2084 Horseblock Road, Medford, NY 11763.
Dr. Geronimo Magsino will be laid to rest at: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 3442 Route 112, Coram, NY 11727
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