Felix Suanes Tantoco

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Felix "Chito" Suanes Tantoco was born on May 18, 1930 in Rosario, Batangas, Philippines, the son of Dr. Joaquin Tantoco & Brigida Suanes Tantoco. He passed away on Friday, January 16, 2009 at Specialty Hospital in Washington, DC after a heroic five-month fight to survive complications from heart bypass surgery in August 2008.

The eldest son of Joaquin & Brigida Tantoco of Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines, he had ten siblings, also known as the Tantoco Generation 1 (G1s) with whom he maintained close contact. He is survived by his siblings, Delores Carreon, Herminia (Emi) Garcia, Enrica (Betty) Sarda, Exaltacion (Ching) Cudiamat, Zenaida (Zeny) De Padua, Jaime (Jim) Tantoco, Rosalinda (Linda) Magsino, Caridad (Caring) Cuidadano, & Joaquin (Junior) Tantoco, Jr., & over 50 nieces & nephews.

Felix attended the University of Centro Escolar in Manila, Philippines where he received his dental degree. In 1957 he moved to New York City where he attended the Guggenheim Institute & received additional dental education & training. He went on to receive a degree in Anesthesiology at George Washignton University. He then completed his medical residency in Wilmington, Delaware. After his education, he practiced Anesthesiology at D.C. General Hospital & Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington, DC, ran a private dental practice in Temple Hills, Maryland & provided dental services at Group Health in Marlow Heights, Maryland. He retired in 1992.

Felix lived in Oakton, Virginia & wintered in Bradenton, Florida. He was the beloved husband of Rocio Ocampo Tantoco whom he married on December 2, 1961. He proudly became a U.S citizen in 1975. He was a doting father of his two girls, Georgiana Tantoco James & Vera Tantoco Christenson & loving grandfather to Jagger & Jade James & Kendall, Devin, Lauren & Pierce Christenson.

Felix was the patriarch of the Tantoco family many of whom are now located in various parts of the U.S & overseas. He kept in close contact with all his family up until his final days & he sincerely appreciated all the love, care & concern shown by his extended family in his final months.

Felix was a man who enjoyed life & had many hobbies. He enjoyed boating, maintaining & repairing cars, & traveling with his family. In his final years he had daily interaction with his devoted daughters & was surrounded by his loving grandchildren. He was a very good man who led a meaningful life & touched so many people with his constant generosity. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5845 Richmond Hwy, Ste. 800, Alexandria, VA 22303 or at www.LLS.org/donate

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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  1. My memories of Dr. Tantoco are very fond. A handsome very distinguished man I had met at D.C. General over twenty years ago as a new OR nurse in training.He always had a kind face and a beautiful smile. I would see him at night only never in the day. I didn’t know he was a dentist by day until I met Vera Tantoco at Georgetown University Hospital. I could see him in his beautiful daughter. We have been friends every since. My prayers go out to the entire family and may God Bless You!, With Love, Maria Kennedy Dougherty and Charles Peter Dougherty Jr. MD with Erin, Carly and Caitlin Dougherty.

  2. I send my condolences to my Aunt and Cousins…Uncle Chito will be missed..We all grow up and sometimes fail to keep in touch, but there are happy moments from my youth that I remember. Uncle Chito spread his love like branches on a tree. He taught me to be proud of who I am and when you believe in yourself, Nothing is impossible. His soft words made hard lessons “easier” to bear. I will miss you, your smile and I will never forget your loving and caring heart. Until we meet again! Your nephew Lewis Garcia

  3. I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Chito. He is a great man and will be remembered for all the wonderful things he did for so many people including my family. My thoughts and prayers are with Uncle Chito’s family.

  4. Please accept our deepest condolence on Chito’s death. Luckily, we saw him on Nov. 10/08 when Ricio had his pacemaker battery changed. We are here in Manila since Dec. 9/08.

  5. I am very sorry to hear about Uncle Chito. I have fond memories of him taking us out on his boat on the Potomac River and attending New Year’s Eve parties at his house. He was a very kind and generous man.

  6. I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Tantoco. Our thoughts are with Mrs. Tantoco, and our dear friends the James’s.

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