Armando
Armando Viveros Perez Oct. 25, 1944 – March 15, 2011 Armando was born to Jose and Lucia Perez on October 25, 1944. He was one of three siblings that grew up in the small town of Villa Jimenez in Michoacan, Mexico. He grew up in a humble yet loving home where work was more of a priority than school. He was able to attend school up to the sixth grade. From the age of 10, he worked various jobs around town like selling Jell-O from a tray, delivering buckets of water to houses in his small town and making saddles with his father. Once he was old enough to leave home, he worked making dentures at a plant in Mexico City before returning to Michoacan to work in a refinery. At the age of 22, he married his neighborhood sweetheart, Rosa Maria Perez, and soon after decided to make the move to the U.S. in 1966. With Rosa, eight months pregnant with the first of four children, they drove across the U.S. border. Once in the U.S., Armando worked at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles for eight years before deciding to open Rosa’s Restaurant in Hermosa Beach, California in 1974. Both Armando and Rosa lived the American dream and they continued with the restaurant for 37 years before deciding to sell the business and retire. The only thing Armando knew for 37 years was to take care of his family and the family business, paying little attention to himself. Five to six years prior to selling the business, he began going to Gold’s Gym in Redondo Beach to work off some weight. He absolutely loved the gym and after his retirement, Gold’s Gym was like a second home to him. Armando was used to interacting with many people when he had his business and he found the same environment at the gym. It was a place where he wasn’t known as “Dad”, but Armando Perez or Mr. Perez, a successful business proprietor, not to mention that it was the place where he could practice his best skill, which is to be a social butterfly. Sadly, this is where he had his last moments on earth. Even though he wasn’t with his family at the time of his death, he was in the company of the many friends and acquaintances he had at the gym that cared about him. His many interests and hobbies included working out, cars, watching Lakers and Dodger games, attending family functions and most of all, interacting with many people he crossed paths with in life. Armando V. Perez leaves behind his wife, Rosa Maria Perez, four children: Jackie, Armando Jr., Eddie, and Rosalinda along with sons-in-law: David Verdugo, Sean Elliott, daughter-in-law: Rosie Perez and grandkids: Alyssa, Anthony, Mikey, Ryder, and Reese. We will never forget and will always love you Dad!

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  1. I will truly miss you Armando! I was fortunate enough to work at Golds and see your smiling face all the time! Thank you for bringing me starbucks..such a sweetheart =) My thoughts and prayers go out to Armando’s family and friends, may God give you the strengh to get through this difficult time.

  2. I did not know Mr. Perez but I know his son Eddie. He spoke of his Father often and it is obvious that he loved him very much. I send my deepest condolences to the entire Perez family and friends.

  3. I did not know Mr. Perez, however, Eddie talked about his dad a lot. I know he was a kind and generous man. Mr. Perez will be missed by many people. My condolences and prayers go out to the entire Perez family. Know that he is now in a better place. God Bless.

  4. Trabajo en el parking del golds gym conoc a don armando hace muchos aos un gran seor un caballero un gran gran amigo ..siempre a todos los del parking nos traa cosas ese DIA cuando entraba me regalo unas galletas como era su costumbre traerme algo ..es difcil para mi pensar que no lo voy a ver mas !!! Descansa en paz gran amigo todos aqu en el parking te vamos a extraar y a su familia mis mas sentido psame ..dios te tenga en su gloria amigo !!!!

  5. Tio Armando you will be truly missed,I will always remember my Tio’s big warm smile. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to my Tia Rosa,my cousins and his grandchildren

  6. I was fortunate to have shared a moment with Armando on Tuesday at Gold’s – as I left, he arrived with his cheerful & warm welcome. I considered him a “gym friend”, & unfortunately didn’t know him aside from the times at Gold’s, where we often shared stories – his warmth & dignity were always apparent. Sincere sympathy for your entire family at this time of loss. I will remember him fondly. Tom

  7. You will never be forgotten Nino. All the memories in our hearts will keep you alive in my home. I often tell my kids about my Ninos. It pains me so much that I cannot pay my respects to you, Nino,to my Nina and cousins in person. God Bless You and your family, So sorry for their loss. I LOVE YOU NINO.

  8. My Condolences go out to The Fam, it was unexpected hearing my God Father’s passing, He will Be Missed and his will for ever Live in our Memmories & Heart. I Love you God Father and now you have passed to a better place. We will miss you. Love your god daughter Jessica Villegas

  9. Comadre los acompanamos en su gran dolor ya que tambien nosotros sabemos lo que es perder a un gran ser querido que dios les de fuerza para soportar esta perdida y esperemos que el compadre este en una mejor vida y descanze en paz sus compadres Eliazar & Veronica

  10. We are sorry for your loss and although no words can really help to ease the loss you all bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. I will never foget his kindness and telling my daughter when she was seven, be a good girl and listen to your mom and if you need anything you can come talk to me because I am “Papa Mando” Sweet soul you will be missed.

  11. I enjoyed the conversations I would have with Armando everytime I went to the gym. I would always ask the Gold Gym workers if Armando was there to seek him out. I considered him my friend. I wish I could have got their a little early on the 15th, my last moments with him were trying to save him. He was a good man who truly loved his family. Our conversations were always about family and life. I will miss my friend. God bless you all Ed Murcia

  12. My condolences to my tia Rosa, Jackie, Mando, Eddie, Rosalinda and all the grandkids. I will always remember My Tio dancing on New Years smiling and having a good time. I am so sorry for your loss.

  13. I will always remember you as “Papa Mando”. When I was a teenager I met the Perez family, I became the bestest friends with Rosalinda and soon grew close to the family. You were always laughing and in good spirits. You will be missed. I will never forget you or the nickname you gave me “jeffiner”. Your passing came to fast. God Bless and watch over the Perez family.

  14. Our condolences goes to the Perez Family. Armando has been part of our lifes since childhood. His memories live on, may you rest in peace. Let the lord give the Perez Family strength to move on. The Perez Family, you are not alone, we are here as family. Yours Truly: Rudy & Silvia Lopez.

  15. Una gran prdida, fue una gran persona mi Padrino, me dio mucha tristeza la noticia. Dios lo tenga en su santa gloria.

  16. Armando Perez is in our hearts and we are going to miss him very much. He will not be forgoten and our condolences to his family.

  17. You will be missed a lot and the time we spend together talking about cars and how too keep mondo out of trouble wil stay with me forever !

  18. My condolences to his family.I am saddened by the loss of Armando. He was a great person. I would see him every week at the gym and enjoyed the candid conversations we would have. He was the main reason for me signing up at Gold’s after meeting him at the restaurant with a friend about 5 years ago. I had just spoken to him an hour before and saw him sitting in front of a locker in the locker room a few minutes prior to his passing. He will be greatly missed.

  19. Jacky, Mando, Eddie, & Rosalinda, We fondly remember when we asked your mom and dad if they would be Cristina’s Godparents. Your dad’s face lit up with joy and he said it would be an honor. Please accept our most sincere condolences and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God bless you and give you strength.

  20. Words cannot express how deeply saddened we are about your loss. I pray that you are able to feel the Lord embrace you during this difficult time. Allow Him to hold your hand and let Him fill your heart with peace.

  21. we would like to express our condolences to The family of Mr. Armando Perez , Mr. Armando is an extension of our family at Performance Plus . He was not just a customer but also considered a very long time friend of all of us who work at the store . He always talked with everyone about the common hobby of cars . We will all miss when Mr. Armando would drive up our drive way at the store in his red chevy truck with the license plate that read ” EL PUMA ” . You will greatly be missed Mr Armando con mucho respecto !

  22. we would like to express our condolences to The family of Mr. Armando Perez , Mr. Armando is an extension of our family at Performance Plus . He was not just a customer but also considered a very long time friend of all of us who work at the store . He always talked with everyone about the common hobby of cars . We will all miss when Mr. Armando would drive up our drive way at the store in his red chevy truck with the license plate that read ” EL PUMA ” . You will greatly be missed Mr Armando con mucho respecto !

  23. we would like to express our condolences to The family of Mr. Armando Perez , Mr. Armando is an extension of our family at Performance Plus . He was not just a customer but also considered a very long time friend of all of us who work at the store . He always talked with everyone about the common hobby of cars . We will all miss when Mr. Armando would drive up our drive way at the store in his red chevy truck with the license plate that read ” EL PUMA ” . You will greatly be missed Mr Armando con mucho respecto !

  24. we would like to express our condolences to The family of Mr. Armando Perez , Mr. Armando is an extension of our family at Performance Plus . He was not just a customer but also considered a very long time friend of all of us who work at the store . He always talked with everyone about the common hobby of cars . We will all miss when Mr. Armando would drive up our drive way at the store in his red chevy truck with the license plate that read ” EL PUMA ” . You will greatly be missed Mr Armando con mucho respecto !

  25. we would like to express our condolences to The family of Mr. Armando Perez , Mr. Armando is an extension of our family at Performance Plus . He was not just a customer but also considered a very long time friend of all of us who work at the store . He always talked with everyone about the common hobby of cars . We will all miss when Mr. Armando would drive up our drive way at the store in his red chevy truck with the license plate that read ” EL PUMA ” . You will greatly be missed Mr Armando con mucho respecto !

  26. I just want to say how hard it is not being with the ones I love at this moment. I want to thank to Armando for being with me and my family in lots of great moments. I’m sure he is with God in a better place. my son and I pray for this and for ta Rosita, Jackie , Eri, Mando and to Armando’s grandchildren because we know how difficult this is. God will be with you in your hearts because all the love you give to my auncle Armando. God will be with you. Los queremos mucho. Mara Elena y Jorgigo Solrzano

  27. Great guy, our family made it a point to frequent the restaurant and Armando is very much missed. Once when he sold the restaurant and now. He was always someone to look forward to seeing and taking in a conversation about anything. The South Bay has lost one of it’s greatest treasures.

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