Richard Lavattiata

richard lavattiata
Richard C. Lavattiata, of Fremont, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the age of 77. He died at Washington Hospital surrounded by his fam- ily. Richard was born in San Francisco on July 11, 1934. He was the loving hus- band of 59 years to June. Devoted father to Larry (Lori) Lavattiata of Fremont, Lynne (Tom) Pengilly of Visalia, Kathy (Chuck) Hauff of Arizona, Karla Harper of Fremont, and Paula (Jose) Lopez of Hayward. He leaves behind siblings Dennis and Carolyn. He was dedicated to and proud of his grandchil- dren, Lory Lavattiata (Kevin) of Roseville, and Kourtney Harper of Fremont. Richard retired from the Naval Air Rework Facility in Alameda after 37 years as an Aircraft Examiner/Electrician, working on various aircrafts includ- ing A-3s, P-3s, and C-118s. He spent time building a P-51 and a T-34 as his favor- ite hobby. He could hear a plane overhead and tell you what type it was! Richard enjoyed rafting in the Grand Canyon and his yearly vacations with his wife and family members. He enjoyed watching sports events, especially the 49ers, and after his retirement, Richard looked forward to his luncheons with his grammar school buddies and work friends of 50+ years. Richard was known for his extreme organizational skills and attention to detail. There were little things he did that continue to bring smiles to those who knew him. Richard never beat around the bush and would get right to the point. Richard will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Chapel of the Angels. Burial and reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Washington Hospital Service League, the Kidney Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

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  1. Dear Lynne and Family, My thoughts are with you all. I sincerely pray for your peace in the next days. Let your wonderful memories replay often in your minds and hearts. With love & tears for you, Brenda

  2. Lynne and family. I am so sorry to hear of your lose. May God grant you strength during your time of sorrow. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Beverly

  3. During family gatherings, whose hearty laugh would ring loudest? Listening to the family joke around the diner table, who could chime in to finish or add to a story? Who knew absolutely everything about mechanics and electricity? Who had a passion for his children and wife? Our brother-in-law, Rich!!! God rest his soul.

  4. Lynne, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Kaweah Family Loves you very much. I am blessed to have you in my life!!!

  5. Larry and family,

    We are saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. We were a part of his life at one time – he was such a kind, welcoming, extraordinary man to us. We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and hope you can find the peace and comfort you all deserve now and in the days to come.

  6. To Joe and Paula:
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your father. Our thoughts and
    prayers are with you… You will always remember all the good times you shared with your father and he will be in your heart forever….

  7. “This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” (Rumi)

    To Paula and family, with all our love, thoughts, and prayers…
    ~From your co-workers and friends at A Better Way

  8. “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”
    “€¢ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

    Dear Paula and family: Our deepest sympathies and condolences for your loss. All our thoughts and love are with you.

  9. Dearest Paula, Jose, and family,
    Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers during this time of grieving. I am so saddened to hear of your loss.
    Denise Colovas

  10. Daddy,
    I cannot believe it has been two weeks today that we lost you. Today we will be laying you to rest. I miss you terribly.

    This is an excerpt from a poem I will be reading today at your service (something I feel you would be saying to each of us today) and I hope we can make you proud:
    Though you can’t see or touch me, I will be near
    And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear
    All my love around you soft and clear

    And then, when you come this way alone,
    I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home”.

    We love you Dad and we will truly miss you.

  11. We were saddened to learn of Rich’s passing. His sense of humor lifted the spirits of everyone he touched. Rich will be remembered for his devotion and pride in his family. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

  12. To Paula (and family),

    As lucky as you were to have your dad, I think he was just as lucky to have you. Thoughts and prayers are with you and yours, all the time…love and miss you.

  13. Dad,
    It broke my heart to lose you, but I treasure the years I had with you. All the memories and the many things you taught me, I will hold close in my heart. Many kind and loving words and memories were expressed at your service. You impacted many people in your life-especially mine. Thank you for being the best dad anyone could have! So, until we meet again… I love you and will miss you!

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