Clifford “Sylvester” Dumlao, born August 31st, 1935, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
Sylvester is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Geraldine “Geri” Mae, their children Clifford (Marcia) Dumlao of Tracy, Lloyd (Lisa) Dumlao of Shingletown, Tony Dumlao of Tracy, Carl (Renee) Dumlao of Manteca, Earl (Lisa) Dumlao of Moody, TX, Gale (Mike) Freitas of Fresno and his brother Marino “Moe” Dumlao. He also leaves 25 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews he adored.
Sylvester was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Hazel Dumlao; and siblings Amelia Riggs, Alfred Dumlao, Juanita Martinez, Phyllis Herrera, Frank Dumlao and Johnny Dumlao.
Sylvester farmed for 35 years in Tracy, where he invented the bell pepper field picker. His passion for farming continued, never officially retiring. He worked for Patrick Cerutti of Cerutti Brothers in Newman, CA until his passing. In addition to his love for farming, he also had a passion for fishing, spending weekends with his family on the Delta.
He will always be remembered and admired for his work ethic, strength and wisdom he shared with so many. You could always count on Sylvester to have a listening ear. His love and admiration for his family and friends were strong and will not be forgotten.
A Rosary will be held at Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Avenue, Tracy, on Tuesday January 16th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., with visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 163 W. Eaton Avenue, Tracy, on Wednesday January 17th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Preceding the services, a private burial for immediate family will be held. An online guest book is available for condolences and special messages to the family at www.frymemorialchapel.com