Raymond
IN LOVING MEMORY OF RAYMOND JOSEPH CONDE SR., PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 24TH, 2009 AT THE AGE OF 84 IN GARDENA CALIFORNIA. RAYMOND JOSEPH CONDE SR., THE THIRD CHILD OF CLEMENTINA MARIA DRACK AND BENJAMIN LOPE CONDE, WAS BORN IN WINDSOR, CALIFORNIA ON JULY 4, 1924. HE LIVED ON THE FAMILY'S 22-ACRE RANCH WITH HIS THREE SIBLINGS, BENJAMIN, MARIE, AND NINA. HE OFTEN SPOKE OF THE FUN AND FREEDOM OF GROWING UP ON A RANCH WITH HIS BROTHER AND SISTERS. ON MARCH 31, 1943, RAYMOND JOINED THE ARMY WHERE HE SERVED IN THE 312TH ENGINEER COMBAT BATTALION UNDER GENERAL PATTON. ON HIS 21ST BIRTHDAY 1945, HE SAILED ON THE QUEEN MARY BACK TO FORT DIX, NEW JERSEY, WHERE RAYMOND WAS AWARDED THE AMERICAN SERVICE MEDAL, EUROPEAN- AFRICAN- MIDDLE EASTERN SERVICE MEDAL, AND GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL. IN 1958 RAYMOND AND HIS OLDER BROTHER BENNY OPENED THEIR OWN RESTAURANT & BAR, "THE CHAR BROILER," IN GARDENA, CALIFORNIA, WHICH LATER BECAME "THE CONDE'S." AFTER 35 SUCCESSFUL YEARS IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS, RAYMOND RETIRED; AND THE DISTINCTIVE NEON "THE CONDE'S" SIGN FOUND ITS NEW LIFE AT THE CENTER OF L.A.'S EXCITING UNIVERSAL CITYWALK, WHERE YOU WILL STILL FIND IT TODAY. RAYMOND'S LIFELONG PASSION OF THOROUGHBRED HORSERACING TOOK HIM TO THE WINNER'S CIRCLE AT CALIENTE RACE TRACK IN TIJUANA ON NOVEMBER 22, 1986, WHERE HE STOOD WITH HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND HIS WINNING HORSE, "SINGLET." HE WAS SO PROUD AND HONORED TO HAVE ACHIEVED HIS DREAM OF OWNING THOROUGHBREDS AND JUST PLAIN HAPPY TO BE STANDING IN FIRST PLACE. RAYMOND WAS A MAN'S MAN AND DEFINITELY A LADIES MAN, BUT MOST OF ALL HE WAS A FAMILY MAN. THE TWINKLING OF HIS BEAUTIFUL BABY BLUE EYES AND HIS CHARMING DIMPLES CAPTURED MANY A HEART, BUT IT WAS THE LOVE OF HIS FAMILY THAT ALWAYS CAPTURED HIS HEART. HIS ENDURING LOVE WILL CONTINUE IN THE HEARTS OF HIS SISTER, NINA ANXOLABEHERE; HIS WIFE, SHIRLEE CONDE: HIS CHILDREN, CORINNE BAUMANN "CORIE", RAYMOND CONDE JR., BRIGITTE CONDE "FIMIGA", MISTY LAW "MIME", CHELLE CONDE FARQUHAR "PATTY"; HIS GRANDCHILDREN, TEJA DEVA "DUSTIN", ASHLEY BAUMANN, NATALIE CONDE, RAYMOND CONDE III "R.J.", JASON CONDE, NICOLE MAZER, TAYLOR RAE LAW, JASON LAW, TRUE CONDE FARQUHAR, KAMEN SKY FARQUHAR; AND A HOST OF LOVING FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO WILL CHERISH HIS LOVE AND MISS HIM DEARLY. DADDY ALWAYS REMINDED US THAT NOTHING WAS AS IMPORTANT AS "LA FAMILIA." WE LOVE YOU DADDY AND WE KNOW YOU'RE AT PEACE WITH VAVA, PAPA, UNCLE BENNY AND AUNTIE MARIE. FUNERAL SERVICE TO BE HELD AT ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA CHURCH 1050 WEST 163RD STREET GARDENA, CA 90247 ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 31ST AT 12:00 NOON. For additional information please contact the family at(310)704-1305 IN LEIU OF FLOWERS PLEASE MAKE DONATIONS IN HONOR OF OUR FATHER, "RAYMOND JOSEPH CONDE SR." TO THE MEDICAL LUNG ASSOCIATION

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  1. He was a pretty quiet guy easy going it seems. He never spoke much at our first meetings. I figured it was because I was dating his granddaughter. Understandable considering he raised 4 daughters, eek. So he gave me the protective guy look. I did eventually get him to talk to me, I did so via his stomach. I made him some wicked mean oxtail. After eating he gave me a little smile, sign of approval, and said it was pretty good. We spoke ever since. He was the DON. May he rest in peace.

  2. Ray, My dearest FRIEND and LOVING FATHER, it is with great Pride and Joy today that causes me to reflect back over the past 40 years to a time when you and I first met. I had just starting to become part of your family by dating your oldest daughter, Corie. I remember you making me feel welcomed into your family from the very first day. It was your warm loving smile and your unforgettable BIG hugs that you and I would greet each other with that was your way of saying WELCOME. When my own father passed away at my early age of 18, you took on the role as my father and I will forever be grateful to you for being there. No matter what has ever happened in our lives, we always remained close to each other and right up to the end it has been a joy knowing you. You have always been my inspiration for what a DAD should be to his kids and I know that who I am today is in part because of your influence on my life. A few weeks ago when you and I last saw each other and you were surrounded by your loving family… I told you that you were the “WEALTHIEST MAN I KNOW” because of the LOVE shared by your family. We both laughed together and enjoyed the moment as old FRIENDS….. I shared with you some words of wisdom: “A MAN’S WEALTH IS MEASURED BY THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT HE KEEPS”….. May you rest in peace knowing that the legacy you leave behind in your family and friends will continue growing in your memory for many years to come…..

  3. In loving memory of my “Grandpa”. I will never forget the strength in your stillness or the sparkle in your sky blue eyes. You said nothing, yet expressed EVERYTHING when you gave me a great big bear hug after looking at the condo when my brother was in town. I will never forget the amazing father, friend and companion you were to my Mom. You were a light and a strength in all of our lives and your guidance and love I will feel surrounding me ALWAYS. Rest in Peace and know your family’s love will ALWAYS be with you.

  4. To My Loving Daddy~ Words cannot express what you have meant to me in my life. I am so grateful that your strength, spirit, wisdom and guidance has filled every inch of my Being. Even though I am unable to call you first thing in the morning and at the end of each day, your sweet smile and soft loving blue eyes will always warm my heart. You have kept me safe, full of hope and inspired me each and every day. Until I lay to rest in heaven by your side… “here’s to you Daddy, my Love, my Best Friend” God Bless you Always…. “See you later Alligator” and you say “when your legs are straighter” xoxoxo

  5. I went to school with Ray Jr at St Anthony’s and remember visiting Mr. Conde many times at the restaurant. Ray, Janice Whitcher and I would occasionally spend a saturday hanging out around Nahas and Thrifty and the school grounds. Mr. Conde was always a kind and generous man – I will remember him fondly. Please give Ray my condolences and tell him that I would LOVE to see him.

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