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Lloyd Nelson Rinde

Obituary for Lloyd Nelson Rinde

January 26, 1930 - October 14, 2021
Redwood City, California | Age 91


Like his idol, John Wayne, Lloyd Rinde was a man of strength, dignity, and character. While he wasn't celebrated on the big screen, he lived a life worth celebrating.
Born in San Diego in 1930, Lloyd lost his father at a young age. His mother, Dora ran a boarding house to support Lloyd and his siblings. Lloyd relished the freedom those days afforded; he would spend endless hours riding bareback on horses with his brother and going to the beach.

As a young man in the early 1950s, he served in the Air Force and eventually became a Sargent. He met his first wife Louise when he was a milkman and they worked together at the Golden State Dairy. He quickly came to love her daughter Judi as his own. They had a son, David and the family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when the Dairy was acquired by Foremost. While the marriage eventually ended, Lloyd remained a dedicated father.

One of David's fondest memories is of their walks as they made their way through Golden Gate Park to watch the 49ers play at Kezar Stadium. They'd always stop and get a hot dog.

Lloyd was a talented MIS executive, and it was during the time that he ran that department at Foremost McKesson that he hired a beautiful secretary, Joan. While they tried to convince themselves and everyone else that they were just friends, their relationship blossomed, and they fell in love. Joan and Lloyd were married in a formal Greek Orthodox ceremony in San Francisco.

They initially lived in Oakland near the Grand Theatre, but later settled in Redwood City. Lloyd's last job — and where he was happiest – was running the IS department for San Mateo County Social Services. Joan's large Greek family embraced Lloyd from the start, and he soon was an 'adopted Greek'.
Lloyd converted to Greek Orthodoxy and was a religious and spiritual man until his death. He served as treasurer of the Arcadian Society and the SIRS golf club. Every year he'd put on his fustanella (a traditional Greek soldier uniform) and appear in a San Francisco parade. He loved his family, his religion, driving, golf and westerns.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle/Theo, brother, brother-in-law, godfather, cousin, and friend. He will be missed and will remain in our hearts forever. Lloyd was preceded in death by his mother Dora, father Knute, brother Paul, and sisters Lois and Francis. He leaves behind son David (Jeanette), granddaughter Michelle (Bear), grandson Matthew (Shannon, Maximus, Jackson), daughter Judi (Stan), grandsons Greg (Erin, Evan), Jason (Brigitte, Hayden, Savanah), and nephew Knute (Toni).

In Joan's family, he was preceded in death by his treasured wife of 46 years, Joan, father-in-law George, mother-in-law Fotini, sister-in-law Dena, and brother-in-law Basil. He leaves behind brother-in-law George, sister-in-law Anna Marie, nieces and nephews, Julie (the late Dean, and Anjelica, Emma), Felicia (Ivelin, Stefan), Mark (Lizz, Stephanie, David), Jeannette (Steve, Brian, Charity, Avery), George (Jennie, Melanie, Chris, McKenzie, Matthew, Marne), Goddaughters Katherine and Sophia, Godson George and numerous relatives in the U.S. and Greece.

Donations in his memory can be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 999 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA 94132.

May his memory be eternal.


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