Leonardia family remembers Andy-A A +A
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia shared his moments with his brother Andy Leonardia, whose cremated remains were buried in Silay City Tuesday after the mass at the San Diego Pro-Cathedral.
Andy was born November 30 and family members dearly called him by his nickname Nihan, a short word for Baganihan.
When Andy’s wife, Meg, died, the mayor recalled that Andy recited, during the mass in the same church where the mass for Andy was offered, the lyrics of the song “The Great Pretender,” pretending that he is doing well but he is not after his wife died.
“I could feel his pain. After that, he was never the same again. When we were in the United States and the wife of a friend was in the ICU, he broke down break down when we arrived at the hospital as he remembered Meg in the ICU battling cancer in the last days of her life,” narrated the mayor.
“Wherever and whatever he was doing, there was always Meg there. Wittingly or unwittingly, he wanted to be somehow be with her again and he is the only one among us to be buried outside Bacolod,” added Leonardia.
"We have no objection to that because we know Meg was his magnet. This was totally unexpected. We are still in a state of shock and disbelief but we find consolation and comfort that, while we grieve here in this world, he is happier that he is now back with his beloved Meg and they will stay together ever after," he said.
As to the replacement of Andy in the Grupo Progreso slate, the mayor said, "I think we should - we have never touched this topic in the family – never thought of this now. We don’t find it appropriate to talk about that. We have to wait when things normalize, sit down as a family, discuss it. Because under Comelec rule, only another Leonardia can replace Andy.”
Carlo Leonardia, son of Andy, thanked everyone who condoled with them.
Andy was described as a loving father, husband, brother and friend by his family.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 09, 2013.