Primo Biala, age 76, a resident of Klein Creek in Winfield, IL, passed away early Monday morning April 20, 2020. Primo was born to Celedonia and Nazario Biala in Mapandan, Pangasinan in the Philippines on June 5, 1943, and was the third oldest of 16 children.
Primo lived with confidence, determination, and adventure. At a young age, these qualities inspired him to imagine a life in America and led him to success as an electrical engineer for The Boeing Company in Seattle at the age of 23, becoming the first Biala to immigrate to the United States. With his commitment to family always in mind, he set in motion the eventual measures that helped his parents and siblings immigrate to America, thereby laying the foundation for the first generation of Bialas.
Primo married Consolacion Gacayan in 1969 in Seattle, WA, and soon afterward welcomed their first son, Gary. They moved to Chicago in 1971 and lived on “Sunnyside” while awaiting the arrival of their second son, Allen. Their third son Kenneth was born in 1976, and that same year the family moved to Glendale Heights, IL where they lived until 1995. Their final move was to Klein Creek in Winfield, IL where their house still remains.
Primo came from a generation that forever stressed ‘Family First’. Although at times he was stingy with his financial affairs, the only real currency Primo truly cared about was Time Spent With Family. As a young father, he would fill the weekends by organizing filipino-style picnics and bluegill fishing trips. The family always came away with stories to tell and lasting memories. Whether he was sitting in a flimsy fold-up chair somewhere in the shade, or riding on a broken ten-speed bike with upturned handlebars, or even when attempting to steady an overcrowded rowboat ready to tip, Primo was always smiling.
Primo enjoyed the adventure of a long-distance road trip. In a station wagon caravan, filled with the families of his brothers and sisters, Primo led the way, speeding through most of the 48 states. Like his beloved wife Ciony, Primo loved the holidays, especially playing cards late into the night and winning at mahjong. Primo and Ciony never missed a recital, wrestling match, or baseball game for their three boys. And this unwavering support continued with the births of their five grandsons.
After a lifelong career in engineering, Primo spent his retirement traveling the world with Ciony and his siblings via plane and cruise ship. Alaska, Germany and a religious pilgrimage to Jerusalem were some of his favorite destinations. He also loved playing golf and held a high competitive standard despite his terrible backswing and impatience on the green. But more than anything, Primo simply loved being around his Biala family. And even though he had a hard exterior and had trouble expressing his true emotions, he was indeed as sensitive as they come. He was so dearly loved by many.
Primo is survived by his three sons Gary, Allen, and Kenneth; his daughters-in-law Kelly and Anne; his grandchildren Brayden, Bennett, Beckham, Enzo, Xavier; and his siblings Cesar, Annie, Eddie, Delphin, Shirley, Rico, Greny, Nancy, Charito, and Nazario Jr. Primo was preceded in death by his wife Consolacion, his parents Nazario and Celedonia, and his siblings Lita, Aurora, Floro, Shirley and Alejandro.
Because of the current pandemic and risk for spread of infection, visitation & services will be private. The interment will be held at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien, IL. A memorial celebration will be planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.