Raymond Rivadeneyra

Raymond Rivadeneyra

September 14, 1935 - February 17, 2010

Raymond Rivadeneyra

September 14, 1935 - February 17, 2010


Ray Rivadeneyra born September 14, 1935 and passed away Wednesday, February 17th. He was born in Los Angeles California to Anita and Bernard Rivadeneyra. Ray was one of thirteen brothers and sisters. He attended Rosemead High School where he met his high school sweet heart and wife of 55 years; Shirley Rivadeneyra Grohs. Their young love has proved everlasting for as the couple married on October 9, 1954. For the first three years of their marriage they attended college together while working part time.

Ray is survived by his wife Shirley their sons Rick and Mark- Wife Susie. Rick is a retired Police Officer and continues his artwork and Mark graduated from UCI and is in his 22nd year of teaching with CUSD. Ray and Shirley have five grandchildren. Rick’s children: Adam Medical student, Rachel Hair stylist. Children of son Mark and his wife Susie Rivadeneyra are Aaron Junior at Concordia University Irvine, Kyle Freshman at St. Francis University, New York, and Tanner Senior at San Clemente High School.

Ray and Shirley traveled extensively during their years together. Their excursions have taken them to Austria, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Belgium, Amsterdam, Germany, France, Italy, Mexico City and Canada.

Ray was involved in many community activities: Dana Point Yacht Club, San Clemente Men’s Golf Club, Hawaiian Surf Club, Boys and Girls Club, Elks Club, Knights of Columbus and Friends of the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Ray worked as a meat cutter for 40 years and retired with Safeway/Vons. Since retiring he focused on his greatest passion of playing golf with friends. Many know Ray at San Clemente Golf Course as the man with a big smile who looked forward to playing with new golfers and old friends. Ray also enjoyed his time with his buddies in the Hawaiian Surf Club.

The common word thrown about when describing Ray is ‘smile’ and how bad a life could a man have lead when all the people he knew remember him as a ‘smile’. He and his fantastic smile will definitely be missed. Ray was a special man and he was always there for his family and friends. It could be a simple task like fixing your golf club or driving you to the airport or expertly carving the turkey at Thanksgiving. Ray Rivadeneyra was one of the kindest men you would ever want to meet and befriend…

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The City of Hope

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59 responses to Raymond Rivadeneyra

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  1. Allan Roy says:

    Ray was a “light” amongst the golfers at the muni. He always had a big smile on his mug when he greeted you and made the sometimes ardous task of taking on ole man par an enjoyable experience. When I was learning how to play nine years ago Ray was one of the wise, experienced players that took me under his wing and always had a tip or advice for me. I will miss him and keep his family in my prayers.

    Cheers, ole pal

  2. Bill Manca says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  3. Bob Fritts says:

    Ray welcomed me when I first came to San Clemente and was a close friend and golf buddy for more than 20 years. He was one of the warmest and happiest persons I have known and a great putter He kept a positive attitude all through this last few weeks. I know Shirley and his sons will feel real loss at his passing. I miss him now and will in the future.

  4. cheryl says:

    Gentle Man rest in Peace.

  5. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Shirley and the Rivadeneyra family at the loss of Ray.
    It was December when I saw Ray the last time and he looked so good at the Johnson Christmas party.
    He had such a great sense of humor and was such a cheerful person.

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