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Alberto Koppin Alcantara

April 2, 1938 ~ October 17, 2011

Alberto Koppin Alcantara, MD, of Lake Charles, passed away Monday, October 17, 2011, in a Houston hospital. He was 73.


Al, as he is fondly called by friends, was born on April 2, 1938, in Cebu City, Philippines. He graduated high school from Notre Dame of Cotabato, and received his Associate in Arts degree from Manila Central University in 1958, before earning his Doctor of Medicine degree from the same university. He spent several months in Bangkok, Thailand where he obtained his post-doctorate diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1974. He served many years as a Resident Physician and Consultant for Infectious and Tropical Diseases for hospitals in the Philippines. He also served as Medical Research Specialist for the US Naval Medical Research Unit based in Manila, Philippines. His distinguished medical career includes serving as professor, lecturer and being part of over 16 publications and research papers on Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine. He served as Secretary-Treasurer; President-Elect; and then President of the Philippine Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID) from 1984-1988. During his tenure as PSMID President, the international involvement of the group continued to flourish and in 1988, the society sponsored the country's first International Congress on AIDS and other STDs. After migrating to the United States in 1990, he retired after 20 years of dedicated service in the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Laboratory.


In his younger days, Al enjoyed playing basketball. He had a love for dancing, gardening, cooking and working with his hands. He treasured time spent with his family, nurturing their spiritual growth and getting involved with his church. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church where he was a member of the ACTS Ministry and an Extraordinary Minister. He was generous, kind and deeply spiritual. His personal relationship with his Lord, Jesus Christ, is the greatest of many loving examples he set for his family and friends.


Al was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He leaves behind to cherish his memory is wife of 43 years, Teresa Palma Davo Alcantara of Lake Charles; two sons, Vincent Alcantara and his wife Rachel of Lake Charles and Ray-Al Alcantara of Houston; three daughters, Maria Faul and her husband Beau, Thea Tran and her husband Thien, and Kristine Alcantara, all of Lake Charles. Al cherished his seven grandchildren, Anthony-Beau "T-Beau" and Emma-Bernadette Faul, Taylor-Therese and Tyler-Albert Tran, Ian Alberto and Mila Julianne Alcantara and Benjamin-Isaac Alcantara, all of Lake Charles. He is also survived by three brothers, Amado, Arturo and Angelito Alcantara all of the Philippines; one sister, Edith Alcantara of Canada; and brother-in-law, Jose Palma Davo, who has been by his side for the past few months. He will also be deeply missed by his many friends, colleagues and church family.


He was preceded in death by his parents Col. Mrs. Aniano Alcantara, a sister Emma Guatelara, and a brother Amando Alcantara.


Visitation will be from 2-10 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, 4321 Lake Street, with a scripture service and rosary at 6 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church with Monsignor James Gaddy officiating and Rev. Rommel Tolentino will be concelebrating. Interment will follow at Consolata Cemetery.


As a tribute to Alberto Alcantara's giving spirit, memorial donations may be made to the foundation of Family and Youth Counseling Agency, Inc., 220 Louie Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601.

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  1. I send my heartfelt condolences to the family of my awesome friend Al. I loved working with him for the many years we shared at St. Pats. He was an excellent role model for me, a young husband and father, because the love and pride he had for his family was always displayed in our conversations. He had my utmost respect and admiration for being the family man that he was. I will deeply miss my trusted friend but I know I'll see him again up in heaven. My heart grieves with you as you mourn the loss of this fine man. I pray that God gives all of you peace and comfort in knowing that he is with our Savior.

  2. June15-20,2005. I can still recall the time when I visited Uncle Bing and his family in Lake Charles. I can say that was the longest time I have ever spent with him since my childhood years. During that brief stay, we just spent the whole time talking of things of the past – heartaches, happy memories, family, friends and just almost everything we shared. I would say it was a time of making up for lost time and a time for me to get to know him a little better. The conversations in the house patio, while strolling the streets of Houston, while driving from Houston to Lake Charles and on the way to New Orleans – yes they were memorable times I had with him. Oh yes, breakfast in Bacolod with Auntie Terry. I surely enjoy those moments. They were just the simple memorable moments that I will surely remember him by, and I'm just glad I had that oppurtunity.To Auntie Terry, Butch, Baby, Bong2, Jon2 and Christine and your families, we share your grief with Uncle Bing's passing. He has finished his journey in this world and has reached his final destination in the house of our Lord. May he rest in peace now.

  3. Maria, Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Revelation 3:8I know your deeds; that is why I have left an open door before you which no one can close. I know that your strength is limited, yet you have held fast to my word and have not denied my name.

  5. Thank you Uncle Bing for being a father to our family when we were establishing ourselves here in the US. We will never forget the time when you Auntie Teresa drove all the way to Alabama to be with us when Carl was born. We truly appreciate your family's support. May you rest in peace Uncle Bing in the comforting hands of our Heavenly Father. You and your family will always be in our prayers.

  6. To Ma'am Ting and family, you are in our prayers. That time when we visited you here in Houston, I saw a loving family man, full of life and energy. He was very proud of his family – showed us family pictures, and very proud of his grandchildren. He will be missed. May this message comfort you in your time of sorrow.God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered come to me. With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

  7. To the Alcantara family, I send my deepest condolences for the loss of Al. The whole Alcantara family are extensions of him with your joyful, caring and pleasant attitudes. He will be deeply missed. May God wrap you in his arms and give you the peace that only He can give you. Prayers are sent your way. God Bless, Jill Breaux

  8. To the family of Al, I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. I will always remember Al as a loving, caring , co-worker and family man. Al and i worked many weekends together at St Patricks Hospital. I learned many things from him with his vast knowledge of the medical field. i regret that i havent seen Al in years or even years before he retired from the hospital. i will always remember his stories of his grandchildren, and how excited he was when he would talk to them on the phone at work. i remember how exited he was when he found out that i too was going to be a grandfather. Al will truly be missed by all.

  9. We are so saddened to hear of Al's death. He was a wonderful man. We will cherish the memories of your beautiful anniversary party. It was a great testimony to the love of family! We are praying for all of you. Much love,Bryan and Nanette Babineaux

  10. We join with so many others who knew your dad in offering our deepest sympathy on his passing. Although it is little consolation at this sad time, it should be of some satisfaction to know that in his passing you can celebrate the end of a very long and productive life.The measure of a life well-lived is not in how much money one has or what possessions they have accumulated, but rather through the lives they touched and the sorrow they leave behind. If the outpouring of sympathy on his loss is any indication, and it most certainly is, you can proudly and confidently say that his indeed was a life well-lived.May you find peace and comfort in knowing that his loss is felt by all who knew and loved him.Our hearts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.In sympathy,The Villaluna Family(Gerry, Ida, Jennifer, Maricris, Evangeline, Geraldine, and families)


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