Saturday, July 27, 2013

Omega ..... Greg Venturi, Fred Marquez

Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet, and one of its meanings is that it symbolizes an end ..... Old Bro Network sadly announces the loss of two of our brothers, Greg Venturi (EΣ 390) and Fred Marquez (EΣ 435).

With respect to Greg's passing, the following note from Hank Hickey (EΣ 397) was forwarded to the OBN by Jim Bonar (EΣ 405) .....

Hello All,

Some of you may not have heard that Greg passed last Thursday, July 11.  There was no service, however, Cynthia is planning a Celebration of Greg's Life sometime in August.  Following are addresses you may want. 

Cynthia Venturi
7730 Paseo del Rey
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Jill & Todd Venturi (Greg's son)  (I don't have snail mail address)

Yours in ZAX,
Hank & Vanette Hickey

Info about Fred Marquez was sent in by Stan Benson (EΣ 305) via Rich Hemenez (EΣ 415) .....

Julie and I went to the Fred's home yesterday afternoon for the memorial service and met many of his family. His dad is still strong and very alert (93 years old), remarried a while back. His sister Charlotte and his brother Jerry are blessed with good kids and grandchildren. Two of his adult nephews spoke and were sincerely grieving as they told some stories of their uncle Fred.

The non-family members I spoke with had good memories of Fred and emphasized his generosity, graciousness, love of good wine, jazz, his never ending love for his wife Joan and his low key way of life.
Fred's neighbor spoke of his desire to show him New Orleans with its great food and jazz atmosphere and their two year ago trip to the Big Easy.  After more than one Hurricane (the drink) on Bourbon Street, the pair found themselves in another bar.  The neighbor described Fred dancing with a bevy of young beauties (no less than four of them), big grin, legs and arms doing what Fred believed to be the appropriate moves, and a conviction that there was one seventy-plus guy who still had it. Could be (me being just a bit cynical), "it" was probably a wallet full of money.

Regardless, we have lost a fraternity brother who brought much to his world, who was a gentle man and a good friend.

Frederick J. Marquez (Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 14, 2013)

February 10, 1939 - June 25, 2013
Frederick J. Marquez, of Mar Vista, passed away peacefully at his home on June 25, 2013, after a 6 month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 74 years old.
Fred was born in Santa Monica, CA on February 10, 1939, to Jessie and Sam Marquez. He grew up in Santa Monica, attending St. Monica's Elementary and High School. In 1962, he graduated with a BA from UCLA and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity..
He married the love of his life, Joan Berger, in 1981. They enjoyed a life together of friends, family, traveling, wine tasting and cooking. Joannie was taken from him far too soon, in 1990, after her courageous battle with breast cancer.
Fred is preceded in death by his mother, Jessie, and his wife, Joannie. He is survived by his father, Sam, his sister, Charlotte Peters, and his brother Jerry. He will also be missed greatly by his nieces and nephews.
A private memorial will be held on Sunday July 14th. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made in the name of Fred Marquez to the American Cancer Society , at (800) 227-2345/ or to the UCLA Athletics Foundation, c/o UCLA Athletics PO Box 24044, LA, CA 90024-0044, Attn. Emily Lerner.

Sincerely Rich H.

Old Bro Network will ALWAYS honor the memory of our fallen brothers.  Greg and Fred will continue to be listed in our roster with the status of "In Memoriam", along with our other brothers who have left us.  Fred Marquez becomes the 313th Old Bro to be included on the OBN roster.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends they left behind, and may Greg & Fred rest in peace .....

Yours in ZAX,
EΣ 700


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