January 6th, 2014


Francis Pesa passed away on Monday, January 6, 2014 with his family and friends at his side. A beloved son, brother and friend, Francis, lost the hard-fought battle for his life following a collision with a drunk driver on January 1st, just 2 hours after arriving from the Philippines.

Francis suffered massive injuries and struggled for five days in the hospital to overcome them.

Francis is survived by:

His father Ramil, mother Grace, brothers Hervin (21), Hugo (11) and Florian (9). Christina Quach, girlfriend. Maternal grandmother, Rita Guiuan Gayatin. Paternal uncles Rogelio “Boy” Pesa, wife Marichu and Roland “Olan” Pesa, wife Nancy; paternal aunts Villa “Nene” Pesa Picorro, husand Ricardo and Delia “Eya” Pesa Alberca, husand Artemio. Maternal uncles Gilbert Joseph “Job” Gayatin Gayatin, wife Vilma and Silvino “Junjun” Gayatin. Cousins, Rusmin, Ronald, Ricky, Ardel, Roselle, Heminio, Symba, Emgie, Shermaine, Jigert, Jerus, Keena, Matthew, Miles, Marcela, Mariana, Bien, Gabriel and Baby Girl.

Predeceased by:

His paternal grandparents Herminio Enverzo) Pesa (1980) and Rosita Sabusap Pesa (2013) and maternal grandfather Silvino Jones Gayatin (1978).


Francis was born December 3, 1993, in St. Paul’s Hospital, Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Francis attended Go and Grow Montessori, Pacem In Terris, Mary of Peace, in the Philippines. Francis moved to Calgary, Canada with his family on June 2, 2005 and attended Holy Redeemer, St. Wilfrid, Father Scollen and Bishop McNally High School. He was recently accepted into the Accounting program at SAIT.


Francis worked at McDonald’s and Tommy Hilfiger prior to his job at Fossil CrossIron Mills, where he was going to be made store manager upon his return from the Philippines. Francis loved to cook, bake, sew, play basketball and any sports in season and was very fond of cars. A selfless individual, loving and caring always present at time of need and had an overall playful spirit.

Francis lived his life with vigour and passion, and fought for his life with the same courage and heroism we came to expect from him.

Those who knew Francis were fortunate to love a man devoted to the care of his brothers, honoured to shoulder responsibility from his parents and committed to the welfare of his friends.

We never knew or understood the depth of affection that people had for Francis until those long days in the hospital, where we were first surprised, and then overwhelmingly humbled, as nearly 200 friends and family members flooded Foothills Hospital. In the crowded hallways, quiet rooms and any empty spaces they could find, his loved ones took solace in one another’s company, sharing fond memories and offering prayers of comfort.

It is difficult to articulate the profound impact that this collision and Francis’ death have had on his family and friends, and all those who feel deep sorrow at such a senseless tragedy. We fervently pray that his death and suffering will not be in vain and hope that there will be justice in the future for Francis.

The family would like to thank the EMS crew who rushed Francis to Foothills hospital, their quick thinking gave us 5 more days with Francis, the emergency and ICU doctors, nurses and all the staff at Foothills hospital. Our family is grateful for the generous outpouring of support we’ve received from friends, Calgarians, and those who have heard the news across the country and in the Philippines. It will be these thoughts and words that continue to sustain us as we lay our beloved Francis to rest.

Francis Pesa Tribute Page (Facebook)


Francis Pesa Memorial Website




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