Antonio “Tony” Aquitania Belmonte, born December 19, 1956 in Manilla, Philippines, passed away from congestive heart failure on December 30, 2021 at his home in Aptos, California. He was the life of every party he was at and will be remembered for his big smile, strength, and the love he had for his family. Tony was a legend to everyone who had the privilege to know him. After immigrating to Sunnyvale, California from the Philippines with his family at 6 years old, he attended St. Martin Catholic School, followed by St. Francis High. He played basketball all 4 years and was the star of his senior varsity high school team. He continued to play basketball throughout his life including a brief stint on the national team of the Philippines and lunch pick-up games at the YMCA in Palo Alto. His other passions included mountain biking with his friends, taking his ‘67 Stingray Corvette around the block and trips to Hawaii. A perfect night for Tony included a couple cold Coors Lights, a Warriors game, and lumpia.
When he wasn’t dancing up a storm or watching sports, he worked as a Designer at Western Electric for 8 years, where he met his lovely wife, Lynn. He then began his career designing satellites at Space Systems Loral (FKA Ford Aerospace) where he worked for over 30 years. Later in life he also worked for Gilig as a design engineer for electric buses. When he retired in 2020 he enjoyed long walks on the beach with his dog, Nyla, and home improvement projects.
Though Tony is no longer with us, his spirit and memories live on through his wife: Lynn, their children and their spouses: Amanda and Jon, Kristina and Kevin, Dustin, his father: Pablo, his siblings and their spouses: Al and Eileen, Jacque and Eric, his grandson: Charlie, and all of the friends and extended family who made wonderful memories together with him. Tony has rejoined his mother, Rosita, and his sister, Judy, in heaven.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 am on January 20, 2022 at the St Martin Catholic Church in Sunnyvale. Flowers may be sent to Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel 1050 Cayuga Street, Santa Cruz CA 95062. Donations to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association on his behalf are also greatly appreciated.