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Raymond Lanfear


1932 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Raymond Arthur Lanfear November 27, 1932 - May 28, 2018 Born in Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK to Alix and Dorothy Lanfear. As a young man an active semi-pro soccer player, apprentice compositor at the Marlborough Times newspaper. At the age of 18 enlisted in the British Army to fight in the Korean war. Upon returning home he continued his apprenticeship, married his childhood sweetheart, Sheila Chapman. At this time there was much advertising seeking workers with special skills... "Where will you be in 5 years"?...This led to their migration to Canada where he worked for several years for the Vancouver Sun. They had two children in Canada - Karen and Kevin. Thinking he could better their lives in America, they packed up and left for California. Upon arrival and posting his credentials with the local union shop, the flashing "Help Wanted" sign on the Examiner building at 3rd and Market caught his eye. He got the job and 35 years later he had climbed the "ladder" to be the Production Director of the S. F. Newspaper Agency which performed all the non-editorial services such as printing, advertising, circulation, etc. leaving two separate editorial voices in the Bay Area: The San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner. During these years he and Sheila had two more children, Debbie and Mark. A man of the greatest integrity, the many unions he negotiated with and the suppliers he dealt with knew his word was his bond, and those he worked with held him in high regard. He was the Chairman of the Board of the Western Newspaper Conference and held their annual conventions in various U. S. Cities to track and educate production people on the latest innovations in the industry, from hot type to cold type, the latest press equipment, oversaw the building of two new printing plants and even saw the beginning of the effect the internet would have on future communication! After his divorce from Sheila he was attracted to a widow in the advertising department, Giovanna Crenshaw Westfall. A couple of years later they married and were about to celebrate their 30th anniversary in September. Ray was a fine father figure to Giovanna's two children who had lost their dad while they were still in high school. Ray was pre-deceased by three of his four children: Karen, mother of Nicole Stroud of Texas, Kevin, and Mark. His remaining beloved child Debbie is married to Johnny Janoski, and their daughter is Jennifer Sotile. Giovanna's daughter Amy Johnson and husband Danny also live in Texas and have two children, Lucy and Elliot. Giovanna's son, Billy Westfall, lives nearby in Lake County. After early retirement in 1993 Ray embarked on a heartfelt journey with the Masons of California. He rose to be Master of Callayomi Lodge in Clearlake, then to the Inspector of the four lodges in his district, instructing and leading them in the virtues of Masonry. He was an honorable man and will be missed by all touched by his spirit, his great humor and his intelligence. He leaves us with sadness in our hearts but also with fabulous memories. He has a wonderful family in England and they will receive his ashes to be buried with his beloved Mum and Dad. A memorial will be held June 23, 2018, at 11 a.m., at the Chapel of the Lakes, 1625 N High St., in Lakeport, 95453, to celebrate his life. We rejoice in a life well lived.
Published in Lake County Record-Bee from June 9 to June 15, 2018
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