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Ireneo R. Orbeta Obituary


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“this candle will serve as a light for you in going to heaven-from chit ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: albino chito r. orbeta-chit

“a very intelligent, understanding and generous elder brother, finance and took care of our studies in manila. also finance the college studies of our...Read More »
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“I have known Rene for about 21 years working in San Mateo County. Rene is a close friend and he is one of the original members of our lunch group of...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Jun Flores - Fremont , CA

“Rene took a lot of pride in expressing how blessed he was for having good children. He himself is a good child of the Lord. Though all his family...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Adele Arcamo - Daly City, CA

“I have known Rene through my niece's family, Joel Aguilar. Rene is always the life of the party, with his inspiring stories regarding the success of...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Lolita Prepena - Fairfield, CA

“I remember taking the BART back from seeing Wicked in the city with Mr. Orbeta, Rick and Lindsay. Rick and Lindsay departed towards Oakland and I...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Kelly Toth - Pacifica, CA

“I send my deepest condolences. May you find comfort in God through prayer. Psalm 55:22 ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Amy Sharpe

“Rene is a good father, a good provider, a good friend and most of all a good servant of the Lord! You'll be missed my friend!!! May your soul rest...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Maria J. Vallero - Pacifica, CA


IRENEO R. ORBETA was born on August 6th, 1945 to Mariano Orbeta and Asuncion Rosalita-Orbeta in Guinobatan, Albay. He was the second out of thirteen children. Ireneo, Rene, or simply, "Ting," got his nickname from the word "yating" – which means small in the Bicolano dialect.

Although petite in built, this man was no lightweight when it came to his intellect and career. From the very beginning, Ting was always a few steps ahead. All throughout elementary, he was number one in his class and graduated as the class valedictorian. In high school, he earned a scholarship from the Dr. Fontanilla Foundation.

In the 1960's, Ting graduated from the University of the East with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting.

Before graduating from college, Ting already had a job waiting for him at SGV&Co, the largest professional services firm in the Philippines. Several years later, Ting took a worthy offer from Ford Philippines, one of the top multi-national companies in the country at the time.

In 1987, Ting moved to San Francisco. His immediate family soon followed. At first, he was in charge of payroll at West Coast Video. After which, he started working at the County of San Mateo as a Senior Accountant at the Controller's Office for many years. In 2003, he became Senior Accountant for the Health Services Department. He officially retired in November 2009.

Ting is survived by his children, Rick & Lindsay, Roberto, and Cristina, along with the rest of the Orbeta clan both in the Philippines and the United States. He was well-loved and will surely be missed.

Other interesting facts about Ting:
Back in the Philippines, he was president of Greenheights Subdivision Homeowners Association in Paranaque from 1985 to 1986. Under his leadership, he helped get a water pump for the homeowners and provide funds for the roofing of the basketball court. Also, he was a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Rene enjoyed listening to classical music and standard ballads. His house is filled with his vast CD collection. He became a season ticket holder of the San Francisco Symphony and Opera. He loved to watch the Golden State Warriors Basketball Team in Oakland Arena. He was a long-time season ticket holder, well over 10yrs! Rene was also known to love the great outdoors. He looked forward during the Summer months to camp and hike in Tahoe, Yosemite and wherever his friends and twin boys would drag him along. His short-lived retirement was spent reading the 'everyday reading' on a Catholic website, going for long walks at Gellert Park, becoming an active member for Couples for Christ, having coffee/lunch with his fellow retired co-workers and hanging out with his daughter Cristina to operas, symphonies and basketball games.