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Roland Lawrence Ridgway, Sr.

Roland Lawrence Ridgway, Sr., born in Los Angeles, California on October 8, 1928 to Robert and Addie Ridgway, passed away on February 20, 2014 in Marina Del Rey, California. Being the youngest of 5 children raised during the depression, his life was not without challenges. He gained inner strength by overcoming polio as a young child. He graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, and he became active in the United Methodist Church, where he met his future wife Barbara in the choir. He attended L.A. Trade Tech and became an assistant Engineer. He worked in the aerospace industry for several companies, retiring from Hughes Aircraft Company. He was a Past Master of Westchester United Lodge 529 and joined many organizations within the Masonic orders. He and his wife Barbara were active in The White Shrine of Jerusalem, Eastern Star, and The Order of the Amaranth, among others, where he served in many leadership roles. Roland also found time to pursue his passions for genealogy, photography, home improvements, and tending to his roses. He was a devoted husband and father to whom no one was a stranger. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, kind and loving heart, faith in God, and devotion to his family. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara of 58 years. He is survived by children James Ridgway, Roland Ridgway II, Lauri Fernandez and John Ridgway; son-in-law Ken Fernandez; grandchildren Matthew Matranga, Annamarie Fernandez and Kimberly Fernandez, and many nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 26, from 6-8 P.M. at Douglass Family Mortuary 500 East Imperial Ave, El Segundo. Funeral services will be on Thursday, February 27, at 1:00 P.M. at Westchester United Methodist Church 8065 Emerson Ave followed by a brief reception. Interment will be at Inglewood Park Cemetery. Donations can be made in his honor to Orthopaedic Institute for Children via their website at ortho-institute.org.
Published in Daily Breeze on Feb. 25, 2014
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