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Alfred Anthony Nunes

Camarillo, CA

Just eight days before his 98th birthday, Alfred Anthony Nunes passed away. As his great-grandchildren said, "Don't be sad....Grandpa will be in heaven to celebrate Jesus' birthday with him." He also was able to spend Christmas with his beloved wife, Isabell, who passed 22 months earlier. Alfred was born in Santa Maria, CA, on December 31, 1920. He loved being born on New Year's Eve and liked to think that the entire world was celebrating his birthday!

Alfred (Al) grew up in Santa Maria, and started working on the farm at a young age. He loved farming, and that brought him to Ventura County in his early twenties. He met the love of his life, Isabell Brown, soon after. They married in 1942, and continued farming until he joined the Marine Corp in 1944. As a rifleman with the 4th Marine Division, he was in the second landing craft to hit the beaches of Iwo Jima. There, he was wounded in one of the war's most horrific battles, and was awarded the Purple Heart. After recuperating, he was assigned to set up the military police force in Okinawa, Japan. After being Honorably Discharged in 1946, he came back to farming in Ventura county growing sugar beets, lima beans and alfalfa on the Oxnard Plains.

In the early 1950's Al and Isabell built a home on a small ranch in Santa Rosa Valley, Camarillo, where they raised their family and where Al was able stay until his passing. Al was always reading and loved to learn about new things. Although he only had an eighth grade education, he had a wealth of knowledge and was eager to share. He was a 4-H Club leader, taught vegetable gardening, tractor operations, and tree farming. On the ranch, he started two unique businesses, a worm farm with his son-in-law, and a pumpkin patch and Christmas tree farm with his family. His grandchildren grew up playing and working at Holiday Pines Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Tree Farm, learning how to drive a tractor about the same time that they learned to ride a bike, how to work the land, and how to have fun while working. But more than that, they learned how to treat people with honesty, kindness and respect as he always did. He was always there for everyone who came to him for advice or life lessons.

Al also believed in being involved in the community. He was a member of the Regional Sanitation Board and the Camrosa Water District. A special honor for him was being appointed to the Ventura County Fair Board of Directors which he served on from the early 1980's to the early 1990's. He truly loved the Ventura County Fair, and made wonderful friends during his tenure. He remained active in the fair for many years afterwards, especially with the Livestock Auction Committee. He was a 59 year member of the Oxnard Elks Lodge 1443. He was also a proud member of the Pleasant Valley Lions Club. He spent an unbelievable number of hour's barbequing alongside his fellow members. He supported and participated in numerous fundraising activities to benefit Lions Club charities. Throughout his life he enjoyed dancing and traveling with Isabell, fishing, vacationing at Bass Lake, spending time with family, vegetable gardening, lunch with fellow Lion Club members at Cronies, and telling stories of his life to anyone who would listen!

Al was a devoted husband of 74 years to his wife Isabell until her passing, a wonderful father to his daughter, Susan Gloeckler of Camarillo, his son, Steven Nunes of Camarillo, his four grandchildren, Mike Gloeckler (wife, Angela) of San Luis Obispo, Christy Gloeckler Robinett (husband, Ryan) of Camarillo, Daniel Nunes (wife, Stacey) of Rocklyn, CA, and David Nunes (wife, Whitney) of Ojai, CA. He was honored to be the great-grandfather to Owen, Sienna, and Talia Gloeckler, Caleb and Mason Nunes, and Delaney Nunes. He will be missed by them all. Also missing him will be Tucker, Christy's American Bulldog, who was his best friend/grand-dog! They would spend hours hanging out together with Grandpa always sharing his meals and snacks with Tucker! He is also survived by many loving godchildren, nieces and nephews, and other family members. Besides his wife, Al was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ernest Nunes, and his sister, Elsie Pereira.

The family would like to thank his "village" of companions and caregivers: Mary Ann, Colleen, Aneda, Jamila, Carolyn, Anna, Selena, Vic and Kassie. He so enjoyed his daily adventures with each of you -- the drives, giving history lessons of the county and quiet times watching tv and movies. We cannot express how much we appreciate the love and care you gave him. He loved each one of you!

We would also like to thank FNP Sue and FNP Lauren at Primary Medical Group, Dr. Mansour, Dr. Feinberg, Dr. Robertson, and Livingston Visiting Nurses for the care they provided over the years.

Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 3 at Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, 1075 E. Daily Dr., Camarillo. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 4, at Padre Serra Parish, 5205 Upland Rd., Camarillo. Burial will follow at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine Rd., Ventura.

In lieu flowers, donations can be made to Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 368, Woodland Hills, CA. 91365. www.garysinisefoundation.org or to a charity of your choice.

 
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