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Richard Edmund Gomez

Richard Edmund Gomez

December 17, 1955 - June 14, 2019

Richard "Ed" Gomez, 63, passed away on June 14th in San Marcos, CA after a long illness. <br /> <br /> Ed was born in Orange, California to Ruben and Mary Lou Gomez on December 17th, 1955. In addition to his three brothers and sister, he maintained close relationships with his many aunts, uncles, and cousins while growing up in La Habra, California. Ed attended St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs. He was well-known for being a star football fullback for their Div. 1A state championship team, and for his love of mustang sportscars. <br /> <br /> Ed learned carpentry from his father and maintained the trade his entire life, working on projects ranging from residential houses in New Hampshire to movie sets in Hollywood. In 2002, Ed graduated with a certificate in fine carpentry from North Bennet Street School in Boston. He specialized in furniture making, having several period pieces featured at the Boston Architectural Center. Ed proudly served as a lead carpenter during the restoration of James Madison's Montpelier in Orange, Virginia. He is remembered onsite and in literature about the restoration to this day. <br /> <br /> Ed loved to ski, play basketball and golf, watch sports, and read American philosophy. In 1985 he married Wendy Rieter (Cowen). They maintained a friendship after 20 years of marriage, raising three sons. As a father of four, he taught his boys to read, play baseball, and maintain a close relationship with their creator. <br /> <br /> He is survived by his sons Isaiah Gomez of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Samuel Gomez & his fiancée Emily Hughes of Falls Church, Virginia, Elijah Gomez of Concord, Massachusetts, and Paul Johnson of Wofford Heights, California; his granddaughter Abigail Ritchins of Sandy, Utah; his brothers, Ruben, Abel, and Raymond; and sister Liza. <br /> <br /> A memorial service will be held on July 28th, 3pm at 1330 Henderson Way, La Habra, California, after which his sons will take his ashes to Yosemite National Park as per his wishes. Lunch will be served directly before. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the First Step House of Orange County.

Services by
North County Cremation Service

635 N. Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA

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    I never knew a more adventurous soul. He forever is in my heart.
    Mary Jul 04, 2019
    It is never easy to lose a loved one. My desire is that you find consolation in the promise of God found in Revelation 21: 3-4 that says that soon, "He, will cleanse all tears from our eyes, and death will no longer be, nor will there be more mourning or outcry or pain." We will see all of our loved ones when they are resurrected in a beautiful paradise here on earth, my deepest sympathy to the family.
    rebeca Jun 24, 2019
    My deep condolences are with Ed's family. May his memory be a blessing to all.
    David Wolf Jun 19, 2019
    Edmund is my cousin our dads are brothers, to me he was more like my brother.
    Last year around January, Edmund called me from Boston where he had been living for some time, he said he was moving back to California and asked if I could pick him up.
    On June 12 2018 he called me and said I’m here in Lahabra can you come get me. I drove over and picked him up and he stayed with us , he already had a place in San Diego but couldn’t move in until July 3rd. On the 3rd we went and had breakfast then I dropped him off at the Amtrak station in Fullerton.
    That’s the last time I saw Edmund. He called me several times or I’d call him and he seemed to be fine, the calls stopped and I was concerned but knowing Ed, he’s probably good but hasn’t had time to call.
    Sometime in May i saw a post from Sam and immediately messaged him to call me. That weekend my cousin Randy and i went to visit Ed at the hospital, we called his name and he responded but never opened his eyes. I know he felt our presence there, although I’m very sad I know Edmund lived a great life and he’s resting now. I have so many memories from hanging out in the 80s and Edmund building a play house for my girls, Rest In Peace my brother I’ll see you again!😇🙏🏼
    Peter Gomez Jun 17, 2019