Emilio Nicodemus Mendoza, age 7 of Concord, CA, ended his 2+ years struggle with brain cancer on March 31, 2020, in the peace of his home surrounded by his parents and grandmother. Emilio was born on July 4, 2012 in Walnut Creek, CA. He is survived by his parents, Enid and Erick, sister Esme, maternal grandparents Rafael Mendoza and Rosa Quintero, paternal grandfather Romeo Mendoza, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. His family deeply mourns the loss of Emilio, but his life was as spirited as it was tragic.
From the beginning, Emilio was bright, curious, entertaining and rambunctious. He had an intrepid and affable energy. At any given moment, he would break out in song or dance, whether at home or in public. He loved the Arts and dreamed of being an artist or singer/performer when he grew up. He enjoyed swimming and would have lived at the beach if allowed to; with the warm and beautiful beaches of Kauai being his favorite. Emilio loved all sports and loyally followed the teams his dad rooted for. He was a quick learner with a deep love for reading, and easily picked up athletic activities. At the age of 5 he discovered Kung Fu, which challenged him enough to focus and commit. He played golf for fun and the food at the 19th hole. He enjoyed the outdoors and never turned down an opportunity to go hiking, camping, or to play in the Tahoe snow. Going to the park with his grandfathers and late Nana, Lorna Mendoza, were memories he cherished deeply. He enjoyed gardening and took pride in the trees he planted with his grandmother. His favorite games were dominos and Uno and he could effortlessly beat any adult opponent. He enjoyed watching the Loud House, and classic cartoons like Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Peanuts, and Scooby Doo. Marvel superheroes, especially Captain America, inspired Emilio and he often thought of himself as a ninja superhero. He is known by many as VTE (the Very Tough Emilio). Emilio was a world traveler, having visited South Korea, Mexico, and the Philippines. He adventured on many road trips, enjoying the beauty and wildlife of our state and national parks.
Emilio was a social child with an unwavering love for family and friends. He was an amazing big brother and loved telling stories about baby Esme’s antics. He was the most loving son, who enjoyed morning cuddles and never stopped telling his parents how much he loved them. He had an incredible bond with his grandparents, who meant the world to him. He loved partying and playing with his aunts, uncles and cousins. For Emilio, any occasion was a reason to party and he often invited family and friends over for dinner, whether his parents were prepared for guests or not. Emilio loved his friends dearly and enjoyed many wild play dates. He would do anything for family, and proved it through his courageous battle against cancer. Wherever Emilio went, he was quick to make friends whom he loved like family. He had a flirtatious personality and we always got a good laugh watching him charm the ladies that touched his heart. Emilio’s smile, laugh and mischief touched many lives and we will forever treasure these memories in our hearts.
In observance of social distancing guidelines, a memorial mass and celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your charity of choice, the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium Foundation, or the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Please share a memory or post a condolence on this page with the Tribure Wall or Share a Memory button.
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