ANTONIO MANUEL FERNANDEZ

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ANTONIO (TONY) MANUEL FERNANDEZ, JR. Tony, age 84, passed away on October 19, 2012. He was born on May 5, 1928 in Las Vegas, New Mexico and was the eldest son of the late Congressman Antonio Manuel Fernandez and Cleo Chavez Fernandez. Tony grew up in the Santa Fe area and then attended Annapolis Naval Academy majoring in engineering. He graduated from Georgetown Law School and began his career as a patent attorney. After his marriage to Joan Bessel he moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked for General Electric. He then moved to Los Angeles, California where he entered private practice. For the next 40 years, he specialized in Patent Law. He and Joan relocated to Riverside, California for their retirement years to be close to family. Tony is survived by Joan, his loving wife of 58 years; his three children and their spouses (Edward and Kathy Fernandez, Titus and Kathy Villanueva, and Dan and Julie Ragan); his seven grandchildren (Edward, Amy, Nick, Matt, Jessica, Stefan, and Sean); his great granddaughter, Emileen; his brothers, Orlando and Manuel (Neo); and his sisters, Delores and Anita. Tony joins his grandson, Doug in Heaven and will be in our hearts and thoughts forever. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an Alzheimer's charity.

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