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Richard T. Ortega

May 8, 1941 - March 8, 2019

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Life Legacy

“It been a wonderful life just not long enough” ~ Love your wife, Lydia Ortega 

“Dad, no matter what I say about you, I cannot say enough. Such a caring person always there to support me and my family. I will miss our motorcycle rides just cruising along. Just sitting and talking. You will always be on my mind and in my heart. Daddy I love you and thank you for giving me such a great life.” ~ Your son, Alex

“Pops, thank you for always being there. No matter where i go or what i do you will always be with me. You are my HERO. I love you.” ~ Richard Jr.

“Richard “Pops” Ortega, He was my second Dad who always offered me words of encouragement. His kind acts were a testament of his character and his examples of Love & Family is now my strength. You will be forever missed.” ~ Stephanie Ortega

“He was my dad, my teacher and my best friend.” ~ Larry Romer 

“You forever will be my grandpa with the warmest smile and kindest eyes, I'll always remember the way you made me feel welcomed and at home when I walked through the door. And I know I was loved from the first moments I remember with you to the day I had to leave you.” ~ Your granddaughter, Shaylin Bree Ortega  

“My grandpa… He taught me to swim, how to roller skate, how to ride a bike, how to drive, and what it meant to be a good person. He was someone special, and he had a special gift...a gift that allowed him to believe and only see the good in just about anything and anyone. He had the purest heart and most genuine soul, with the ability to inspire, motivate, and encourage. Because of that, he left his footprints in many lives including mine. I love you grandpa.” ~ Janel Ortega (granddaughter) 

“Richard Ortega or as I known him as Grandpa 77 years old born on May 8th, 1941 and passed on March 8th, 2019. He was a hero. He loved to coach baseball. He started coaching me from what I can remember since I was hitting off a T. We shared many moments together on the field that I will never forget, he loved the game and helping kids get better. My grandpa showed me what it means to be a family man, by supporting his kids always helping them and being there for them to loving his wife unconditionally for 54 years. He always made sure everyone was taken care of. He welcomed everyone into his home and treated them just like family. Everyone always left my grandpa with a smile on their face. He had hands that could fix anything and he loved doing it and making new things. He always had an idea for something. My grandpa loved his grandkids and always supported us. He was at all are graduations and all are games making sure if he wasn’t coaching then he was giving the referee a hard time. I will always miss my talks with him about life and the things we did, him coaching me, being there when I call him for something no matter what time or day or whether he would be there and I knew he would. My grandpa was one of my most important people in my life and I’m glad I had him as my grandpa.” ~ Love Your baby boy your (grandson) AJ

“My grandpa made me feel loved and I am forever grateful for him.” ~ Grandson JJ

“Pops, we will always remember the smile on your face and the joy in your voice every time we walked into your home.... You treated us as family from day one. We will ALWAYS love you.” ~ Ellie, Matthew and Brandon.

“Richard, thank you.”  ~ Love Uncle Paul and Auntie Shirley.

A Celebration of His Life for Richard will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Grissom's Chapel & Mortuary, San Lorenzo, CA, 94580.

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San Lorenzo, CA 94580
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Grissom's Crematory, Inc.

267 E. Lewelling Blvd.
San Lorenzo, CA 94580