Retired SunStar journalist dies at 91

FAREWELL. Fred Espinoza, Popsy to colleagues in the SunStar newsroom, was never without his signature cap and satchel. Popsy died last Sunday, April 28. (SunStar File)

FRED C. Espinoza, a retired contributing business editor and columnist of SunStar Cebu, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 12:06 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Cebu Doctors’ Hospital. He was 91 years old.

Espinoza became a widower in 1981, but he did not remarry so he could focus on raising his 11 children namely Noel, Alfredo Jr., Emile, Emerita Fumagalli, Marcelina Guerra, Ma. Socorro Marchefini, Carmel, Ma. Victoria Martelino, Alita Milagros Tfesemalli, Ma. Carmen Cadampog and Emily Mercedes Aguilar.

Espinoza’s wake is at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City. Interment will be at 1 p.m. on May 5, Fumagalli said.

“My father was exemplary. He was a loving, caring and a nurturing father,” Fumagalli said.

She said her father worked at J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency in Manila as a young man. Later on, Espinoza worked with radio dyHF in Iloilo City. Then he managed radios dyVL and dyMF in Tacloban City where he was also a newscaster.

When he returned to Cebu, Fumagalli said her father wrote for the Philippine News Agency and an advertising agency before he joined SunStar Publishing Inc., for which he covered Cebu City Hall and later, the business beat. He retired from media work at 73. (EOB)


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