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Lloyd Ridgway Massey Jr.


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Lloyd Ridgway Massey Jr. Obituary
June 1, 1930 - August 23, 2016 The measure of a man is the generosity of his love; always given regardless how much was received. And so it is with love that we measure our grief in the passing of our dad; so much received, so much lost. Lloyd Ridgway Massey, Jr., our dad and husband to our mom, grandfather to our children, sailor and friend to most who had the pleasure to know him, left us on Tuesday evening, August 23. After 86 years and 84 days of life, the end came peacefully at home, the result of a long and valiant battle with congestive heart failure. Our family was at his side, watching, praying and loving, until his last breath was drawn. Dad was born on June 1, 1930 in Los Angeles and raised in nearby Glendale, the son of Lloyd Ridgway Massey Sr., and the former Harriet Agnes Hollman. From his early teens, he focused on his two life passions: football and the attention of a lovely young lady by the name of Barbara Ann Pollard, later to become his wife and our mom. "Ridge" as Dad was called by those who knew him well, was an offensive lineman and a team captain for Glendale High School, graduating with the class of 1949. He continued his athletic career at Glendale College and later declined a scholarship offer from Cal, choosing instead to marry his high school sweetheart and begin his career. He first worked with his father in the savings and loan industry and later turned to construction, forming his first business, Ridge Construction, to focus on the building of custom homes. Dad and Mom also began our family, first with daughter Melinda Lorraine, now 64 and followed by second daughter Meredith Denise, now 60 and married to Ken Swift. It was opportunity that attracted Dad southward and he moved our family to Newport Beach in 1956. Third child Mitchell Ridgway, now 57, joined the family shortly thereafter. Dad purchased a second company, Orange Coast Concrete to meet the burgeoning demand for not only commercial building but residential hardscape as well. His work for various developers eventually led him to the Inland Empire where a consortium led by the insurance giants Kaiser and Aetna were developing a project called Rancho California, 93,000 acres centered around the then small community of Temecula. Dad became the construction manager and spent many years erecting both commercial and industrial buildings. It was during this time that he had occasion to meet a certain attorney who was searching for a reputable and reliable contractor to renovate an estate in San Clemente. Dad and a partner got the job and began one of the most interesting projects he would ever experience. The name of the estate was La Casa Pacifica, located in San Clemente, and it belonged to another certain attorney, one with a very unique job: President of the United States. Dad and his partner were now in charge of upgrading the Western White House of Richard Nixon. Dad had many fond memories of the project, ranging from learning the intricacies of installing bullet proof glass to enduring the constant scrutiny of Secret Service officers. The project was completed in August of 1969 and Dad, Mom and the crew were treated to a reception where they met both the President and the First Lady. Dad donated countless hours of professional service to a number of charitable organizations but was most active with the Girl Scouts of America, Orange County Council. He served on the board of directors for many years and after forming his final company, Massey Enterprises in 1986, was responsible for much of the construction of the council's mountain retreat, Camp Scherman, located near Idyllwild. A building was named in his honor, Massey Hall which continues to welcome scouts and visitors to this day. He never lost his passion for football, adopting our grandfather's alma mater, USC as his team. His season tickets date to 1952 and he was a member of the Trojan Club since 1955. His office at home is filled with all of the mementos and regalia that reflect his love for the school. Dad served on the Junior Chamber Board of Glendale, was cofounder of the Explorer Scout Construction Program of Orange County and raced the family boat the Merinda L40 under the banner of the Newport Ocean Sailing Association. He served as commodore of the Voyager Yacht Club, was an original Ritz Brother and was a member of the 552 Club, the Rotary of Newport Harbor and the Model A Club of Orange County. But his first love was always our family. He was not only provider and protector but counselor, fixer, first fan and hugger-in-chief. He was the Dad that all our friends wanted when a chaperone was needed. He was a squire to the daughters, a mentor to the son and a role model for the four grandsons: Brooks William and Blair Ridgway Jones, and Morgan Ridgway and Michael Evan Massey. And he was a devoted husband of 65 years to our mom Barbara, his first, last and only love. His generosity was never greater than the love he gave to all of us; unconditional and boundless. Dad was laid to rest in a private ceremony at Pacific View Memorial Park on Friday, August 26. We will hold a celebration of life service on Monday, August 29 at 4:00pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, followed immediately by a reception at the Newport Beach Yacht Club, 1099 Bayside Drive. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Lloyd R. Massey fund at the Special Olympics of Orange County, 2428 N. Grand Ave., Santa Ana 92705, or the Hoag Hospital Emergency Department, 1 Hoag Drive, Newport Beach, 92663.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, 2016
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