It is with sadness that we inform you that our friend Ben Laqui passed away on October 23, 2019. He was 83 years old.
We knew Ben only a brief time, but in that short time, he exemplified the Bayanihan – Community Spirit – and his joie de vivre filled the room. Ben Laqui’s memory is a blessing. We hold the Ben and his family in our thoughts.
Visitation: Sunday, November 3rd, from 4-9 pm with a prayer service at 5 pm at Benson Family Funeral Home. 3224 W. Montrose Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618. 773-478-5800
Funeral Mass: Monday, November 4th, 10 am at (gather at funeral home 9 am) at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 4432 N Troy.
Interment: Rosehill Cemetery at 5800 N Ravenswood, Chicago, Illinois “Bienvenido E. Laqui (Ben), age 83, was a loving husband to late Adelaida Laqui, father to seven children, Cyril, Dean, Era, Frida, Glenda, Hanzel and Irish. Father-in-law to Cely, Frances, Mohammed, Roy, Jr., Troy, Maggie and Liliabeth. Adoring and proud grandfather to Maricris (Terence, Sr.), Janelle, Kristine, Tania, Laila, Aliyah, Matthew (Amanda), Mia, Ruth, Daniel, Adella, Marissa, Lance, Kyle and Kacy. Doting great grandfather to Terence, Jr., Bianca, Isabella, Penelope and Lincoln. Dear brother to Nora (Nelson T.), Nelson L., late Vangie (Boy), and late Manolo (Teresita).
Ben was born on February 2, 1936 in P. Zamora St., Majayjay, Laguna, Philippines where he grew up. He graduated at the University of the East in Manila, Philippines and passed the CPA exam in 1964. He worked at Prudential Bank & Trust Company as branch accountant before immigrating to the United States in 1971. In the U.S., he worked for AON Corporation (fka Rollins Burdick Hunter) as cashier international accountant, and North Community Bank (nka Bank of America) as an Assistant Manager before retiring in 2002.
He was an active member of the Pilipino-American Senior Association of Chicago (PASAC) and was part of the Board of Directors. He was also a member of the Philippine Certified Public Accountants (PCPA). He was a devout Catholic and served in the Liturgical ministries as a member of the Church, including Our Lady of Mercy and St. Hilary in Chicago.
He adored being around his very large family. He loved to bowl and golf, and reverted to playing Bingo and Mahjong during retirement. He will be missed teaching the Cha Cha and various dances at the Levy Senior Center and Rizal Center, and especially to all his friends and family.
Forever in our memory.
‘Take the good with the bad; that’s the fact of life.’ – Bienvenido E. Laqui”