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. Trish Butler says:

    It hardly seems possible that 40 years ago I met the Rivadeneyra family. In some respects, that 40 years has gone by in the blink of an eye. There were lots of family times, many great meals and beach days. There were also fun days on the golf course and trips, especially the l990 British Open. We will miss that great smile and all your words of wisdom. To Shirley and the family, your memories will be the best. Love, Trish & Don

  2. I am greatly saddened by Ray’s passing. My condolences to Shirley and the extended family. I really enjoyed Ray’s company when we played golf and poker together. He was always a delight and will be missed and remembered.

  3. Brian Ruff says:

    Ray Was A Life lomg friend great person My condolences to his family

  4. Shirley and Family, How lucky you were to have had 55 years together, and in these past few years I was so lucky to have him in my life too.Ray was such a thoughtful person and a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. I will always remember how he loved coming for dinner with that wonderful smile on his face that would brighten up my dinner table.
    My prayers are with the family and I will always be there for you Shirley. Love & Hugs, Jayne

  5. Julie Piz says:

    Rick, looking at the pictures and reading about your dad, I see so much of him in you. He obviously passed down his love of life and love of people to you. Christopher, Katie and I offer our deepest sympathies. We hope you can find some comfort in knowing he is with God now, and no longer suffering. Love you!

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