Florentino Noceda Gatpandan was born on March 14, 1936 to Flaviano and Maria Gatpandan, in the town of Mendez, Cavite, Philippines. He had four brothers and two sisters.
In 1957, Florentino enlisted in the United States Navy, being one of 37 candidates who passed the examinations and were chosen out of 299 applicants. On December 29, 1957, he embarked on the USNS Sultan for the United States. He would serve his new country for the next twenty years, from the USS Midway to the USS Forrestal. Florentino worked on eleven ships, including four aircraft carriers, one destroyer, and a submarine rescue vessel. He was also stationed off the coast of Vietnam during part of the Vietnam War.
In 1962, Florentino returned to the Philippines to marry his sweetheart, Josefina Bacos Noceda. Together they had their first son, Gilbert, in 1964. Two years later, Florentino brought his wife and son to Connecticut. In 1967, Josefina and Florentino had their second son, Frederic. The family moved again to a Naval station in Virginia and in 1969, their daughter, Daisy, was born. Florentino retired from the Navy in 1977.
Upon retiring, the family moved once again to settle in the Philippines. There Florentino earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Lacson College. After a decade, the family relocated to California where Florentino continued working in various purchasing agent positions.
Florentino was known for his generous heart, always willing to extend a helping hand. He loved music, ballroom dancing, cooking for family celebrations, and was an expert at playing chess. He was kindhearted, humble, funny, a confidante to many, a man who loved his family unconditionally and whose faith in God increased every year.
On September 16, 2020, Florentino passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus in his home in San Leandro, surrounded by those who loved him most. He is survived by his beloved wife, three children, son-in-law Jay Bennett, daughters-in-law Loida and Nympha, and his seven grandchildren: SFPD Officer Grace Gatpandan, Eric and Patrick Gatpandan, and Nathaniel, Katherine, Alexander and Benjamin Bennett. Florentino also leaves behind many, many relatives and friends. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Grissom's Chapel & Mortuary.