Sir Cleto Uy... A Pillar, A Pioneer... A Builder of Dreams
Not by lamentations and mournful chants ought we to celebrate the passing away of a good man, but by hymns; for in ceasing to be numbered with mortals, he enters upon the heritage of a diviner life.
Plutarch - Greek Essayist
Sir Cleto Marcelino Uy passed away at the ripe away age of 94 last August 16, 2015. His demise left an unexplainable sadness in the hearts of his family, friends and colleagues. But then it has been said that "the life given us by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal."
Sir Cleto was a dreamer. He dreamed dreams and God turned them into reality. Together with the other co-founders (Mr. Tan Kek Pin, Mr. Lim Eng Pang, Mr. Alexander Uy, Mrs. Josefa Villanueva to name a few), Trinity Christian School came into fruition.
And as the school's population grew in number he was there every step of the way. His busyness did not hinder him from attending events in school from thanksgiving worship services, recognition and graduation ceremonies, school anniversary celebrations and others.
He was a generous giver. Often times he would provide the seed money for a project that would call for financial obligations. He did this willingly and quietly. He had achieved so much in life and he shared his blessings to others.
Having lived during World War II, he was not able to complete his education. And this very reason drove him to pray together with the co-founders for a blessing of a school with the vision of winning souls for Christ, a ministry that would provide true Christians and useful learning for the good of mankind and to the glory of God's great name.
He was a man of vision. He looked forward that one day, more students would enrol at the Villa Angela campus, and thus, he personally requested the subdivision to provide a bigger road in the gate 3 so as to accommodate more vehicles coming in to school.
It has been said that the world contains many paths; some exalted, some mundane. It is not our task to judge the worthiness of our path; it is our task to work our paths with worthiness.
Sir Cleto chose his path well. He lived his life productively. When he passed away, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but just translated into a better language. His language was love and he translated this into myriad of ways.
Yes, it is sad to see this man go but there's no reason to lament for too long because he did his job well here on earth and as the adage says, "a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death."
And so rest now, good Sir Cleto
Rest in the bosom of the Lord
No more pain, no more sadness
No more tears
For at last you are in the heavenly realms.
Now you are smiling at us from up there
And you are singing together with the angels
You are walking in the paths of gold
And enjoying the company of the heavenly saints.
Thank you sir for your legacy
It is a gift far beyond compare
Rest assured we will treasure what you have started
And bring your dreams to greater heights...