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“UNCLE KENNY WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE UNCLES. ALWAYS WITH A SMILE AND GOOD HUMOR. I MADE THE HUGE MISTAKE OF ALLOWING TO MUCH TIME TO PASS IN-BETWEEN...Read More »
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“I have many wonderful memorys with The Ormonde Family. I lived next door on San Benito street for 20 years Kenny was one of my Father's closest...Read More »
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“Sorry for your loss, he was a Great man. Prayers for your Family. ”
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Kenneth F. "Kenny" Ormonde
July 10, 1926 – February 22, 2014

"A shining light has been dimmed, but it will forever live in the hearts of all who knew him…"
Kenneth F. Ormonde, a lifelong resident of Half Moon Bay, passed away after a long illness on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Mills-Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame.
Kenny, as he was known by his family and friends, was born on July 10, 1926 in San Mateo, CA as the youngest child of 11 brothers and sisters. His parents, Antone and Rose Ormonde were farmers in Purissima Canyon where Kenny spent his youth working on the family ranch raising cattle and making cheese which his father sold to various stores in the San Mateo community.
As a member of the "greatest generation," Kenny proudly served his country for two years in World War II after being drafted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in far off places like Okinawa and Hokkaido, Japan as well as Cebu in the Philippines. He first served as an infantryman, and then became an ambulance driver giving aid and assistance to his fellow wounded servicemen.
On returning to Half Moon Bay after the war, he met his wife of 63 years, Lina Ghilardi, and they were married on February 3, 1951.
He worked for many years in furniture delivery for Sterling Furniture which later became Lachman Brothers in San Mateo.
After Lachman closed its doors, Ken was hired by the City of Half Moon Bay in the city maintenance department. He worked for the City for 15 years and enjoyed working and taking care of Main Street and all the Half Moon Bay neighborhoods.
Kenny loved being a part of the Half Moon Bay community and was very active in a number of organizations. He was a dedicated member of the I.D.E.S. Portuguese organization for almost 65 years and is one of the very few members who served as President for two terms – first in 1972 and then again in 2003. Up until his death, he was still an active honorary Trustee for the organization and was always an important part of the annual Holy Ghost Festivals.
He also served the Half Moon Bay Coastside for many years as a volunteer fireman, and performed at many parades and events as part of the Spanishtown Dons and the Los Caballeros precision drill teams.
In recent years, he served as a director on the Board of the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee, and was actively involved in organizing the annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival in its early years. Because of his lifelong dedication to the I.D.E.S. Society and his many contributions in providing support and assistance to other organizations on the Coastside, he was very proud to have received the first Glenn Ashcraft Community Service Award in 2001.
Kenny was also an avid outdoorsman and was a member of the Bald Knob Hunting Club. He loved his trips with his hunting buddies to Wyoming every year.
Kenny is survived by his loving wife Lina of 63 years and his daughter Rosalie "Rose" of Half Moon Bay. He is also survived by his brother, Harry Ormonde of Redding, CA as well as numerous nieces and nephews who affectionately call him "Uncle Kenny."
He is preceded in death by his parents Antone & Rose, and 9 of his siblings, Antone, Mary, Alice, Joseph, Rose, Agnes, William, Anne & Genevieve.