"Give me a problem and I'll hand you a solution." Those who knew Paciano T. Aguero would agree that that motto accurately described him. Paciano was a man of great drive and a very original, independent thinker. For Paciano, no challenge was impossible, and just about any desired result was within his grasp. Paciano placed great trust in his intuition. Since that intuition generally led him in the right direction, who was he to doubt it.
Paciano was born on January 5, 1943 at home in Yona, Guam. He was the son of Jesus S.N. Aguero and Felisa T. Aguero. His childhood found him in Yona, Guam where he matured into the independent person he eventually became.
Paciano grew up with eleven siblings. He had six brothers, Pete, Artemio, Vicente, Ted, Butch and Tony, and five sisters, Ana, Luisa, Martha, Susana and Virginia. Paciano could be seen as being stubborn by his siblings. It was important to him that he was perceived as "right" when it came to his part in those typical family spats. However, this quality did not over power his caring for his family. This ability to balance his family, with his need to be seen as right, helped him to develop into a young adult while enjoying many good times with his family.
During his grade school years, Paciano was a very focused and serious student who actually enjoyed the challenge of many classroom problems. He was determined to succeed, and he drew upon his gifts of trust and perseverance to provide him with a competitive edge. While his first love might have been academics, Paciano took part in horse riding. He was a scout. Paciano delighted in projects that required planning, critical thinking and resolution.
During high school, Paciano was relentless in his pursuit of learning, especially in those subject areas that really grabbed hold of his interests. It wasn't that he didn't put forth his best efforts in all classes, but if a subject really interested him, he would eagerly put forth extra effort to learn all he could. Paciano graduated from St. Frances High School. His favorite classes in high school were reading, math and study hall. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Sister Caroline and Father Alvin (a Franciscan priest).
Paciano was loyal to his friends. He found that he was most in tune with people who had similar interests and thought about things much the way that he did. Paciano sometimes had a tendency to be critical in his friendships but he was more interested in finding out what was right in a situation rather than in being mean toward others. He never intentionally set out to hurt any of his friends. Paciano was a person who challenged others to fend for themselves and to be original in their thinking and evaluation of the outside world. While growing up, some of his best friends were Maria Mendiola, Jackie Torres and Jane Arceo. Later in life, he became friends with Joaquin Cruz and Antonio Castro.
During Paciano's professional working years, he was at his best when working independently. It became the hallmark of his performance. Paciano was generally able to refocus his drive and determination and readily work toward finding a way to get things done that was beneficial to himself and his co-workers. His primary occupation was farming and tilling. He also drove a truck.
For Paciano, his outside interests and hobbies became another exercise in learning and mastering areas that interested him. He greatly enjoyed unraveling the "hows" and "whys" that lay behind his hobbies. Paciano was always pushing himself to learn more and to stretch his knowledge base even further. He firmly believed that the more things that he knew the more control he would have over things. His favorite pursuit was Mexican dancing.
Watching his favorite sporting events by himself was never a problem for Paciano. It allowed him to indulge in his own individual interpretation of the event. It was not uncommon for Paciano to know what the right play or move "should have been," and he would vocally address these feelings even if there was no one around to hear them. And if there were others around, he would still state his feelings and gladly debate anyone on their opposing views. In high school, Paciano played baseball. Recreational sports included cock fighting. He enjoyed following his favorite sporting events. Tops on his list was cock fighting.
Due to Paciano's loyalty and passion for following things through to their conclusion, he found that he was a definite asset to many organizations. Once he was firmly behind a common goal, Paciano's skills became an integral part of the planning process and the success of any project. In high school, Paciano was a member of the 4-H Club. Paciano's contributions were valued as being the "structure" person of each individual organization.
Paciano's skepticism was visible when he found it necessary to place too much trust in one person. This was never clearer than when it was time for him to schedule a vacation or period of time away from his regular schedule. Paciano loved the research aspects of planning a trip, but the actual process of relaxing was far more difficult. Still, he did manage to enjoy some time away. Favorite vacations included San Felipe, Mexico.
Paciano was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Paciano's favorites was Lucky, a Chihuahua dog. They were best friends for 10 years. His family was rounded out by his roosters.
When Paciano's retirement finally came in 1998, he was ready. He worked out many of the details in advance so that he could enjoy the time and not have to worry. His new life involved relocating to California. In retirement, he found new pleasure in going to casinos.
Paciano T. Aguero passed away on March 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. Paciano fought a brave battle against pneumonia and cancer. He is survived by his brothers, Ted and Tony, and his sisters, Ana, Luisa, Martha, Susana and Virginia. Services were held at The Little Chapel of the Roses. Paciano was laid to rest in Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita, California.
Paciano T. Aguero was always drawn to what was measurable, practical and factual. He was a very competent person who expected competence from others. He could be headstrong and certain about the way things were suppose to be. He was determined in every aspect of his life and certain that he was usually right about things. He trusted his intuition over all else, even if it opposed the popular belief, and he had faith in his inner vision and speculations. He wanted to be acknowledged by others as having made a contribution to whatever he was working on. His family and friends will miss his fierce determination, relentless innovations and analytic mind. He leaves with all those who knew him many wonderful memories.