On the morning of August 4th 2020, our beloved father, Antonio B. Serrano of Orlando, Florida, went to be with the Lord and to reunite with his wife of 60 years, Dianne. He is survived by his 6 children (& spouses), 13 grandchildren (& spouses), and 18 great-grandchildren!
Tony was born in Bicol, Philippines in 1933 to Francisco & Trinidad Oliozn. He had a brother, Manuel Serrano (deceased) a sister, Angela (deceased) and cousin, Vicky Embescado (Washington D.C.).
He was in the first group recruited by the United States Coast Guard in 1955. We remember him telling us about the ticker-tape parade they had for the new recruits in San Francisco. He was so excited to become an American citizen and we still have the write up from the newspaper.
Tony served as a Chef in the service and retired from the Coast Guard after 20 years. He was a Chef in local restaurants around the Orlando area. Food has always been a celebration in our family and Tony established this as his “Love Language”. Anyone coming to his house was required to eat, even if they were not hungry. But, all guests were more than happy to partake. This was instilled deeply in his family, and to this day, we still have holiday competitions at Christmas, for Best Dessert, and New Years Day, for Best Appetizer. His Love Language is one of his greatest legacies passed to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
After retirement he took up golf and that became one of his greatest pleasures. He was so proud of a hole-in-one he made at the McCoy Navy Golf Course in 2010. He received a plaque and hung it in the kitchen. He made sure all guests noticed that plaque.
Son: Tony & Lessie Serrano
Grandchildren: Ed Martinez, Erica Serrano Rocha, Alexis Murphy, Cierra Serrano
Great-Grandchildren: Celeste Rios, Jasmine Rios, Eli Rios, Mackenzie Murphy, Mason Serrano, Malcolm Martinez, Victor Rocha, Leo Rocha
Son: Frank & Brenda Serrano
Grandchildren: Vanessa Serrano Kerlin, Francisco (Frankie) Serrano
Great-Grandchildren: Kylie Kerlin, Braxton Kerlin, Brynlee Kerlin
Daughter: Edna “Pinky” & James Ormand
Grandson: Jesse Ormand
Daughter: Mila Serrano
Son: Daniel Serrano
Grandchildren: Jacqueline O’Neill, Nicole & Charlie Caperilla, Saige Serrano, Antonio Serrano
Great-Grandchildren: Saydee Maldonado, Payton Caperilla, Parker Caperilla, Charlie Caperilla, Harleigh Dowling, Haven Dowling, Steele Dowling
Daughter: Diana & Eddie Kent
Grandchildren: Mariah & Olivia Kent
He was a real character in this huge extended family of 120+ people that loved him. Sister-in-laws, Brother-in-laws, nephews & nieces, grand-nieces/nephews & great-grand-nieces/nephews galore, he will be greatly missed.
Rest in Peace Papa!
We love you . . .
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
Antonio Serrano will have a Memorial Service at:
Bushnell National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd Ave
Bushnell, FL 33513
On August 27, 2020 at 9 am.
The Cemetery does not allow flowers left after the service,
so in lieu of Flowers a donation for a Memorial Bench can be made to:
Friends of Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N. Forest Avenue.
Orlando, FL 32803
℅ Antonio Serrano
Interment of Ashes
Bushnell National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd Avenue Bushnell, Florida 33513