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Richard A. Gaydowski


1944 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Richard A. Gaydowski Obituary
May 23, 1944 - February 6, 2018 Richard Albert Gaydowski of Marina Del Rey was born to Catherine Duffy and John Richard Gaydowski on May 23, 1944 at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. Richard lived with his parents and older brother, John Duffy Gaydowski, in Venice, Culver City, Santa Monica, and Playa Del Rey until graduating from Venice High School in 1957. He obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA. Richard met Linda Louise Ledger while at UCLA and they were married from 1967 to 1982. They had one child, Roy Todd Gaydowski. Richard worked in public service for 56 years. He started at the age of 16 working for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks in beach parking at facilities up and down the coast of Los Angeles County. He later worked for the County of Los Angeles, then returned to the City working for Recreation and Parks, Community Development, and eventually settling into crime analysis for the Los Angeles Police Department. He also taught political science at community colleges and worked in additional capacities at Santa Monica College. He retired from LAPD in 2017. Richard was very close to his grandchildren and enjoyed attending soccer games, concerts, and other events. He is survived by his son Todd and his wife Elizabeth, his daughter Adriana and her husband Guillermo Medina; nine grandchildren, Nicholas, Amanda, Samantha, Darren, Melissa, Christine, Victoria, Andrew, and Joshua; and one great-grandchild, Jayden. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 15th at Gates Kingsley Gates Funeral Home in Culver City California. There will be a short viewing period at 1:00 pm, memorial service to follow.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 13, 2018
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