Shirley "Ray" Eggman, 81, passed away suddenly in Stockton on Monday. He was born in Gridley, CA, grew up in Terrra Bella, and spent his early years in Castro Valley where he owned a produce market. He moved the family to turlock in 1974 where he farmed almonds and realized his dream of becoming a commercial Beekeeper. Ray was most at home in a bee-yard working with his "Little-Darlings". His strong bees were famous for pollinating crops and producing some of the finest honey in the state. In his lifetime Ray was a loving husband, wonderful father and fun-loving grandfather. He was a generous, kind man whom always had a smile on his face and would always take the time to say "hello" to friends and strangers alike. Ray was a veteran of the National Guard and United States Air Force.
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Ray was survived by his children Assemblymember Susan Eggman, her partner Rene Hall, Michael Eggman and spouse Stacy, Ellen Kisiday and spouse Joseph; his grandchildren Hanalei, Saylor, Matyas, Alayna and Emelia and his three brothers Gene, Arlith, and Max. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Elvira Talamantes Eggman in 2002.
"Ray's Tamale Pie & Burbon Memorial Sendoff" will be held 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 4 at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter Street in Stockton.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Dominic's Church, 475 East I Street, Benicia followed by burial in St. Dominic's Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church beginning at noon Saturday. In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations to Hospice of San Jaoquin. Please visit the online tribute at www.passalacquafuneralchapel.com. Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, (707) 745-3130
Passalacqua Funeral Chapel
901 West Second Street Benicia, CA 94510
Published in The Porterville Recorder on Oct. 4, 2013