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. Shirley & Family,

    My Deepest sympathy for your loss. Uncle Raymond was a great man. I can always remember him with a smile.
    May your freinds bring you strength and comfort during this difficult time and the love of those around you help through the days ahead. This has helped me also as I currently lost my brother this year.

    With Sincerest Sympathy,

    Tiffany Gendreau Ginn
    Lulu Ginn’s daughter

  2. My Dearest Husband and forever friend,
    Little did we know so many years ago we would share many many wonderful years,experiences, joys and sorrows together.
    Aren’t we lucky there were more joys than anything else.
    Every single night of our married life we said “I love you, good night.” Regardless of what the day may have brought, we always told each other how much we loved each other as the last words we heard before we went to sleep.
    You are the most honest, generous, loving, kindest of all men.
    You have the most beautiful back swing and weirdest putt a man could be lucky enough to have.So many people love you.
    You love so deeply and privately.
    I am the luckiest of women to have had you for over 55 years. When I last held you in my arms, I told you how much you always meant to me, to our children, our grandchildren,our friends,and our extended families.
    I will remember, always, all of the times you told me you loved me before we went to sleep and I know you heard me tell you, ” I love you forever, ” as you went to sleep for the last time, when I was holding you in my arms for the last time.And I still tell you how much I love you every night before I go to sleep.God Bless you—save my place.Good night, I love you

  3. Dear Dad, You are in my thoughts always and loved forever… -Mark

  4. Dad, 9 years since your passing and I miss you more now than ever…

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