Peter Raymond Bingley, 79, of Mission Viejo, passed away on Friday, August 29, 2008 with his entire family at his bedside. Born to Joseph and Mary Bingley on December 23, 1928 in Shannock, Rhode Island, he was the youngest of 7 children. His parents traveled during the mass migration to ‘America’ from Ireland and England, seeking a more prosperous life for their children. They migrated to Southern CA in the early 1940’s, where all but one took up their residence and careers, with the memories of those days in New England ever etched in their mind and souls. Peter attended Citrus College in Pomona and graduated from Redlands University as Class President and Valedictorian. He married Elizabeth Betty Harris in 1949, and together they had four children, Peter Jr, Norma, Cathy and Danny, three of whom reside in Orange County Norma passed away in 2005. He lived a full life with many accomplishments in his career which required relocation to several cities and states, always with his family in tow. His devotion to his heritage, his country and family was undying and he sought to ensure his family and extended family was kept close to his heart. He proudly served in the Navy in World War II, as did all of his brothers. We cannot put into words the love he had for his children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews and for his wife of almost 60 years. They together, made sure we knew where we came from, so we would understand how fortunate we are today.
Pete is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Betty, and three of his four children, Peter Jr, Cathy and Danny, along with his sister Dorothy Dottie Powell, and his many grandchildren Michael, Cathy, Peter, Stacy, Donna, Chris, Debra, Michelle, David, Danny, Joey, Melissa and great grandchild, Hannah.
He will be missed more than there are words to express, with his legacy and memories living forever in the hearts of the remaining family members – and beyond. We love you forever and always. Your Irish eyes will always be smiling and the world will smile with you, until eternity.