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Richard Louis Alonso


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Richard Louis Alonso Obituary
August 8, 1939 - September 28, 2016 Richard Alonso of Pacific Palisades passed away peacefully and gracefully at the age of 77 on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2016 at St John's Hospital in Santa Monica surrounded by his children and family members. Born in Los Angeles on August 8th, 1939 to Mercedes and Richard Alonso; he was the oldest of four children and the only son. Richard was a graduate of Loyola High School and El Camino College. He was a devoted Loyola Cub all of his life. Devilishly handsome with a sharp sense of humor, a twinkle in his eye, and always impeccably dressed, Richard enjoyed a very active social calendar and was the life of many a party or late night evenings with friends. He was a longtime and popular member of the Jonathan Club, Bel Air Country Club, Riviera Country Club, Indian Ridge Country Club, Chaparral Club, Lincoln Club, Food and Wine Society, and the Gourmet Society. He thoroughly enjoyed fine food, great wines, Cuban cigars, and fancy black tie events. An avid golfer who loved a friendly wager, he rarely ever broke 100. He had many lifelong friends who will miss him dearly especially his weekly gin rummy partners. For forty years he was the President and owner of Century Hill Realty partnering with his sister, Mercedes, in the sales of high end residential condominiums in Century City. Even while sick, he had a strong work ethic and was in the office up until the day he went into the hospital in late September. He was especially devoted to his charities and was a board member of Catholic Big Brothers (over 25 years), The Viking Charities (past Chief) and the Boy Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. Fondly known as "Richard the Second" he distinguished himself at board meetings by being the first "to second" a motion. He was a strong and faithful Catholic who often stopped into the various parish churches on the Westside for an early morning mass on the way to work or a meeting. Richard had a deep and genuine love for his children and grandchildren. He had a special relationship with each and loved talking and laughing with them. Nothing was better for him than sitting round the table, the bar, or the pool hearing about their lives. Richard lived a very happy, full, and complete life. He leaves behind his four children, son Richard Alonso III and his son Blake; daughter Robin (Alonso) Kraft and her husband, Dr. Michael Kraft and their two daughters, Mackenzie and Morgan; daughter Radine (Alonso) Smith and her husband Scott Smith and their daughter, Leila and son, Blaise; and Shannon (Alonso) Richter and her husband Brad Richter, and their sons Raymond, Ethan and daughter, Aubrey. He also leaves his sister and business partner, Mercedes Alonso, his sister, Lorraine Meyer and her husband Craig, his sister, Irene Cummings, many nephews and nieces plus affectionately, his three former wives, Karen Alonso (mother of Richard and Robin), Sally Oxley (mother of Shannon and Radine), and Susan Tillman, and especially his longtime girlfriend of 15 years, Toni Turner. Funeral mass will be at St Monica's Catholic Church, Santa Monica on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 10:00 am followed by a reception to be announced. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Catholic Big Brothers of Los Angeles, The Viking Charities of Los Angeles, and the Boy Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2016
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