Obituary of Artemio Q. Dimalanta
Artemio Quinto Dimalanta
Artemio Q. Dimalanta, age 64, joined peacefully Our Lord on April 15, 2020. He was born October 8, 1955 in Manila, Philippines to Virginia Dimalanta and Ramon Dimalanta. Hiscompassion and care are expressed deeply in so many ways withhis loved ones. He always shared his blessings with his family and friends.
For forty years, Artemio worked as an ICU and CCU Nurse at Mount Sinai St Luke’s Hospital. He had the passion to care of the criticallyill patient. People would always say that his patients arealways handled and taken care of well.
His life was a breathing example of the Bible verse,
“And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as good also forgave you in Christ.” Ephesians 4:32
Artemio is survived by 4 brothers and 2 sisters. All of whom he loved dearly and touched deeply.
Some kind words from his close friends:
Thirty-something years ago, we started the blessing of friendship back in Saudi Arabia. We were young, restless, and full of ambition in life…we shared our dreams and our plans. I always enjoy the time we spend whenever we’re together…you, Manny and I, we keep reliving our life in the Middle East, but we wanted to further our nursing career and decided to come to America for bigger dreams. The three of us stick together with our American Dream. We became successful in our rights; we were able to retire and smell the roses of what you said always. You live the dream of your life and enjoyed the gift of retirement. To you: Tem, Mr. D., Toto, Chong Tem, Lolo Tem…A son, a brother, an uncle, and a grandfather and above all a friend…a true friend in a real sense of the word. A nurse: who is committed to the ideal and principles of nursing…goodbye to you my friend…We will cherish the memories as we dash forward to the end. I would like to share this verse; 1 Peter 24-25 “All people are like grass and all their glory is like the flowers of the field, the grass withers, and the flowers fall but the word of the Lord endures forever. Now, you are gone…we will miss you, the laughter, our trips, your cooking, and our shopping spree. God keeps you in heaven and we will you in our heart. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” …Psalm 23.
It's hard to believe that Tem is gone, he will never be forgotten. Tem and I met when we were 25 years old and just beginning our nursing care. We met in Saudi Arabia and worked together as night shift nurses in the ICU and lived together in the same building. Because of the constant good working relationship, we developed a friendship. He was hard working and no matter how exhausting the shift, he still manages to make us laugh with his funny jokes. The country we wentwas a different culture, but he managed and loved to organize parties and able to group us together. His songs and dance techniques entertained us and will always be remembered. He is multi-talented. Through this, we formed a bond and when we have issues with families, we rely on each other for advice and comfort. Then he came to NYC to work and encouraged me to follow him which I did. It was the same situation where we worked together night shift in Open Heart and lived in the same housing. I admire how he does his work. He took care of his patients with empathy, knowledge, best care, and concern and never complained about how difficult the workload was. When a patient is assigned to him, we knew that the patient has the best nurse. He loves his coworkers and helped them. Since he is a good cook, and when he brings food it’s for everyone. Because of his work ethics and kindness was loved by a lot of his coworkers, we were more than best friends. On our days off another good friend of ours Ben, go out for movies, broadways, and dinner and we would always share our life stories which made us laugh and cry. When we were sick or not feeling well, he visited us and gave comforting words but with him, he will say I'm fine. He doesn't like us to worry about him. We had fun when we would go on vacation and when he retired, he enjoyed traveling and I even told him I seldom see you because you're always out. He loves dearly his mother, brought her here for a few months and Ben and I helped Tem to bring his mom to see places. He cares for his family and that how he cares for his family is the same way he cares and loves his friends. Who else will help organize our friends' summer parties which most of our friends get a chance to see each other now that you are gone? All of our friends are saddened by his passing, but we find comfort in his legacy and memories that he left with us. We know that he is resting peacefully, and he is with his mom and loved ones. We love you Tem and will always be remembered.
We all go through a journey of life and though Tem has reached his final destination here on earth, he is now on his eternal journey which is the happiest, the most beautiful and peaceful place with the Lord. I am Nida Rivera and had the pleasure and privileged to have known Tem for 32 years. He was a co-worker, colleague, and dearest friend. He was the embodiment of what an exemplary nurse is. He was a very dedicated, compassionate, hardworking, caring, highly skilled and very knowledgeable person you would want to be your nurse. Every time I come to work at night, knowing that Tem is also working, gives me the feeling of security and confidence that everything will be fine because I have the greatest support thru Tem. He had saved so many lives that he had the wings of an angel while here on earth. He had always willingly taken the sickest patient as his assignment, and they do well. As a friend, he was the kindest, most generous, giving and caring friend. One time I got sick, he kept on checking on me, then came over to bring me food and medication. He was also fun-loving, and he always makes us laugh. He was so free-spirited, and he enjoyed his travels and meeting new friends. Three weeks before he got sick, he gave me a surprising phone call, and we talked on the phone for over 2 hours. We talked about life, family, and friends, and he thanked me profusely for being a friend all through the years. He said, he was glad he retired early, and that he was able to do the things that he wanted to do, and he cannot ask for more. He kept on telling me, that “life is short, we don’t know when our journey, so we should live it happy, with peace in our hearts. He also said, “he had forgiven everyone that he misunderstood one way or the other”. Never would I have known that he was saying his last goodbye! Tem, up until the end, you had been a great friend! You will forever be missed but your memories are embedded in our hearts and will never be forgotten!We love you and Rest in Peace, my friend!
On the afternoon of April 15, 2020, Tem passed away. It was a shock to all of us. We had prayed and hope that with time he will be extubated and recover from COVID-19. I met Tem when he came to work in the Open-Heart Recovery Room at St. Luke’s hospital. We had a great team lead by several renowned surgeons & cardiologist. Developing techniques & devices that would change the management of heart disease around the world. The nurses, I felt were the backbones of this team. We were responsible for all aspects of care from preoperative to postoperative recovery. With an emphasis on prevention and management of complications. Tem worked the night shifts. I saw him when he arrives in the unit and again when he leaves in the morning. Always with a sigh of relief when he comes through the door, because he and Manny would be assigned to care for the most critically ill patients in the unit. With his expertise, patient & gentle care, the patients would be better by morning. Over the years I discovered Tem was not only an excellent, dedicated nurse, he was also a fantastic chef. The meals he prepared for many of our parties & functions were often elaborate & delicious. I thought, this guy cooked for us not out of obligation, but out of much love & care. Anyone who had attended these functions would know Tem was also a great dancer. He loved music & dance. Even if you can’t dance like me, he will guide you gently and turn you around till you are also moving with time & rhythm. We are all grieving for Tem’s passing. But we are all comforted to know of Tem’s appearance in little Dominic’s dream in which Tem said: “I Am Fine, I Am Well”. That is just Tem’s way, always smiling, reassuring others that all is fine & well. I truly value the memories of our years of working tether & the friendship that followed. Tem will always be loved and be in our hearts. Tem we will meet again someday.
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