Obituary of William B. Raridan Sr. |

Obituary of William B. Raridan Sr.

One year ago today the world lost a wonderful man, William B. Raridan Sr., a proud Irishman with a twinkle in his baby-blue eyes, and a generous man with a goofy sense of humor. “Bill” was a volunteer with the Grass Valley Police Department before health issues made him hang up his uniform at the age of 85.

He is survived by his soul mate, Mary Miller. They spent a lot of time dancing at the Grange, going to the movies, playing cards and Sudoku and enjoying each other’s company.

Bill is also survived by his eldest son, William B. Raridan Jr., retired from Silicon Valley executive positions and currently authoring several books; by his eldest daughter, Dorothy Quaid, a retired print and radio journalist who is currently organizing a memoir of our father; and a younger daughter and son. He had 9 grandchildren, notably Jeff Talan (owner of Talan Paving in GV), Patricia Talan, (a customer service administrator in the Bay Area), Emily Delavara (Chem Student), Allison, Britney, and Michael Raridan Jr. and Jeff, William, and Jeremy Welsh. Bill also had 2 great-grandchildren, Lane Talan (computer whiz and recent Nevada Union High School graduate), and Chelsea Delavara (future lawyer). He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Patricia M. Raridan (2004) and his granddaughter-in-law, Rebecca Talan (2003). A Navy veteran, Bill was cremated and his ashes were buried at sea with full military honors on October 21, 2016, as he requested.

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