November 19, 1952 - September 6, 2013 He was known as "Monie" (mo-knee) to his family and "Ray" to his friends. Monie passed away peacefully at home after a battle with cancer, with a smile on his handsome face. Monie was a 36 yr veteran of the LAFD. He faithfully served as both a firefighter and a paramedic. His last "house" FS 23 and Battalion 9, from which he retired, he said farewell to many faithful friends with his trademark "easy money bub." Monie traveled the world competing in many Fire and Police World Games in the sport of tennis. He was an exceptional tennis player throughout his life and took more than his share of the gold. Monie leaves behind his 3 best tennis buddies, his brother Danny, his life long friend Gary Stansbury and his LAFD doubles partner and friend Richard Rivas. The essence of Monie, was his unique ability to truly live life like there was no tomorrow. He never worried about life's circumstances and was exceptional at never "sweating the small stuff", and to him, it was all small stuff. Monie was generous and kind to all. He had a true heart of gold and always found that individual that needed that kindness most, whether stranger or friend, his kindness and generosity did not waver. Monie will be forever missed by his wife Terri, his mother Dorothy Haro, his father Ramon Haro Sr, his 2 younger brothers, 3 younger sisters, 5 nieces, 2 nephews and his brand new grand nephew Noah who arrived just a few days before Monie left us. Monie will be deeply missed by many, but he will live in our hearts forever. We are proud of the man you were, we love you Monie.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 6, 2013