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

  1. Dear Dad…being your son is and will always be an honor. Your guidance, love and support of me made me the person I am today and I know you are proud. Being with you throughout your illness touched me deeply. You were with me when I entered this world and I was with you when you left. Holding your hand and stroking your head as you prepared to leave this world I saw and felt your burden taken away from God. Your passing was the end of one thing and the beginning of another! A wrong thing has been put right; and now begins your reward of heaven! T.S. Elliot wrote…What you do not know is the only thing you know…I did not know how life would be without you? But now I know you are still with me because we are part of each other. I did not know what death would be like for me? But now I know that you will be there for me and I am not afraid!
    I look forward to celebrating your life Tuesday with family, friends, golf buddies, poker buddies and Hawaiian Surf Club; your passion for life continues through all of us…
    -Lovingly, Your son Mark

  2. Mary Lou Cox says:

    Dear Shirley and Family:
    This world has its seasons of sadness, its partings and tearful good-byes. But someday there’ll be only gladness when our Lord wipes all tears from our eyes. There’ll be an all-out celebration one day when our time here is through, and our loved one will say with elation, “Welcome home–I’ve been waiting for you!”
    In another home, in a happier place, in a beautiful forever…you’ll meet Ray again.
    What a glorious day that will be when our loved ones and Savior we see. May God give you strength and peace at this difficult time.
    In Sympathy and Love,
    Mary Lou

  3. Dearest Shirley,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you today and always.
    May God give you peace and courage thrue these hard times.
    I know God is by your side and will give you peace.
    love always, Michele Zalfa

  4. I was so saddened to learn of Ray’s death. Know that you have many friends who love and support you. God bless, Shirley.


  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. “Enjoy those Heavenly rounds of golf Ray…”

    With Love,
    Ron & Karen

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