Obituary of Rafael T. Yngojo, Jr.
Rafael Tegas Yngojo, 93, known as Ralph to family and friends, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 7th, 2021, at Brandywine Living at Princeton. He was born on July 1, 1928, in San Francisco, California where he was subsequently raised. A devoted son, brother, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, and friend.
Ralph attended Galileo High School, City College of San Francisco, and Golden Gate University. At Golden Gate University, he earned his BS in Accounting and MS in Public Administration.
Ralph was an accountant by profession with a broad background in Fiscal Management, Fiscal Control Budgeting and Program Cost Accounting. He held positions with the United States Post Office, the US Coast Guard, State of California Industrial Relations, UCSF Langley Porter, and the Law Office of California Rural Legal Assistance. He taught Principles of Accounting at Cogswell College in SF. He served as an enrolled agent for the IRS and started his own business in 1984, the RYTE Tax and Related Accounting Services.
Ralph was a sports enthusiast his entire life. He played high school football for Lowell, played basketball and was a member of the Filipino American Mango Athletic Club championship team in 1948. He had a love and passion for tennis, not only as a player but as a coach and passed on his love for the game to Marcus and Leslie. He was a member and served as President of the Filipino Tennis Club of Northern California in the mid 70’s and was instrumental in raising the visibility of tennis among the Filipino Community. When it came to professional sports Ralph loved all the San Francisco/Bay Area teams; a devoted and loyal fan to the 49er’s, Giants and Golden State Warriors.
Music was Ralph’s passion, he played piano by ear, and it was truly one of his precious moments. Ralph was also jazz aficionado. He loved the likes of Miles, Coltrane, Monk, Billie and Ella to name a few. Ralph was also a Frank Sinatra diehard and had the opportunity to see him perform live several times and visited Sinatra’s hometown of Hoboken, NJ, a true highlight for him. Family members appreciated the “Sounds of Sinatra” and Ralph’s vast collection of Sinatra albums, cd’s and books.
Ralph married the love of his life Virginia Robles also known as “Jeannie”; tying the knot in 1949 and shared a lifetime together of 73 years. They traveled to Mexico, Hawaii, London, Paris and throughout the United States. Some of their most memorable moments were celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and holidays with family and friends.
Ralph is predeceased by his parents, Rafael Sr. and Visitacion Yngojo, his sisters’ Dolores Kikuchi and Lourdes Hom. Ralph is survived by his wife Virginia Yngojo, son Marcus, daughter in law Lilia Amores, daughter Leslie Yngojo-Bowes, son-in-law Tommy Bowes, grandchildren Kyle and Kyra Bowes, brother and sister in laws and nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 1:00-3:00pm at The Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ 08542. A Funeral Ceremony will be held at 3:00pm at the funeral home. Interment and Memorial Celebration of Life will held in his home town in California at a later date.
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