Alexander B. Eser Jose was a quiet man, but one most proud of his family and their accomplishments. He was a father, a grandfather, and a great-grandfather. He was Papa, in every sense of the word.
Papa died from complications of the coronavirus, COVID-19, May 10, 2020, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. He was 87.
Born October 31, 1932, in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, Alex was one of four children of Gorgonio and Sophia (Busine) Eser Jose. He and his wife, Ramona Uhler, had eight children of their own, raising them in Sta. Ana, Manila. Later in his life, Papa followed his children to the United States.
Papa could be a task master. Scrappy, tough as nails, he was a fierce amateur boxer who taught his kids to fight — his girls, included. He could be no-nonsense, and with just a look could command respect. Although he spent most of his life intimidating those around him, his last few years were serenely spent appreciating everything this world had to offer and caring for his loved ones.
Not many people knew this about Papa but he collected fortunes from his cookies and some years ago received one that he liked so much, he taped it on his tv stand: “Learn to enjoy every minute of your life.” Inspiring him to smile more, bringing light to his loving side-- allowing for a fruitful departure from life.
Alex Sr. is survived by two sisters in the Philippines: Cleopatra Corpus and Dixie del Rosario. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Benjamin.
He is survived by Ramona and their children: Edwin Eser Jose of New London,CT; Rosemarie (Janet) Cuasay of Sayreville, NJ and John Shedlock of Edison, NJ; Alex Jr. and Harme Eser Jose of Elmont, NY; Claire and Jun Solidum of Marlboro Township, NJ, and William (Bill) and Ruth Eser Jose of Sugar Land, TX; Richard and Chloe D. Eserjose of Dayton, NJ, Teresa and Jeffrey Reyes of Monmouth Junction, NJ, and Elizabeth U. Eser Jose and John A. Valenti 3rd of Elmhurst, NY, as well as grandchildren: Carlo, Katrina (husband Owen Staley, son Arthur Staley), Angelo; Christopher, Kimberly, Jennifer; Dylan, Melanie; Albert, Monica, Eric; Karen, Kevin and Michael
Due to COVID-19 protocols, the funeral will take place under private direction at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction, with a private service Friday morning at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Kingston Lane in Monmouth Junction.
An additional memorial service is planned to take place at a later date.