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Raymond R. Gignac

Raymond R. Gignac

A memorial service will take place in August at St. Theresa Catholic Church for Raymond R. Gignac, who died May 7, 2006, from complications of pneumonia at Barton Memorial Hospital. He was 68.

Raymond was born April 19, 1938, in Delbeau, Quebec, Canada, to Marie-Ange and Alfred Gignac. He attended Saint Tarcisius High School in Delbeau and was an outstanding ice hockey player. He moved to Glendale, Calif., when he was 17 years old to live with Theresa and Roland Tremblay, his sister and brother-in-law. Raymond moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1982 to help Roland and Theresa run their famous restaurant, The Donner House. Raymond was a great chef and served many fine meals to Tahoe locals.

Raymond was a black belt in karate and trained with Andre La Martine, a famous French karate instructor. But Raymond was best known for the twinkle in his eye and his sense of humor. He will be dearly missed by his sister, Theresa, and niece, Louise Tremblay of South Lake Tahoe.

He is survived by his sister, Theresa Tremblay of South Lake Tahoe; sisters and brothers-in-law, Laurette and Gerard Pelliren of Quebec, Canada, Paulette and Richard Maher of Moraga, Calif., and Ramonde and Albert Thomas of Granade Hills, Calif.; and his many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Raymond was predeceased by his brother, Laurent Gignac.

The memorial service will take place sometime in August 2006, when his family will join together for a reunion and celebration of his life.

Donations in Raymond’s memory may be made to Barton Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility.

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