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Reynaldo Piamonte Laurel

November 1, 1945March 6, 2021
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Reynaldo Piamonte Laurel entered this life on November 1, 1945 and entered eternal life on March 6, 2021 and is under the care of Dimond & Shannon Mortuary

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Biography

Reynaldo "Rey" Piamonte Laurel was born on November 1, 1945 to Rufina and Jose Laurel in Manila, Philippines. He was the second child and oldest son and had seven brothers and sisters: Lita, Josie, Susan, Roger, Robert, Ricky, and Rolando. He grew up in Malabon, Philippines but then the family moved to Manila when Rey was accepted to Letran College. It was there that his family owned a tailoring shop. Once he completed his schooling at Letran College, Rey was accepted to and graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering. To help support his parents and siblings, Rey immigrated to the United States in 1969 looking for the American dream. Upon arriving to the U.S., he initially lived in Seattle, Washington before moving to California shortly thereafter.

Rey met his future wife, Thelma, when they were children in Manila, but they did not start their long-distance courtship until the early 1970's when he had been living in the U.S. He returned to the Philippines for their wedding and honeymoon in March 1973. Several months after the wedding, Rey petitioned for Thelma to join him in the U.S. and in October 1973, they were reunited and eventually settled down in Orange County, California. The following year, Rey and Thelma became parents to Jason Patrick in July 1974 and then again with Michelle Anne in 1977. Together with his family, they made happy memories traveling the United States to the various states that Rey worked in. To support his family, he took on various contract work that kept him away from them for several months at a time. But those were small sacrifices that Rey made to provide and care for his family.

In 2003, Rey became a beloved grandfather "Lolo" for the first time when Abigail Joy was born. He eventually had four more grandchildren, Joshua Paul (2005), Benjamin Rey (2007), Julianna Grace (2009) and then Meghan Laurel (2012). He enjoyed his role as "Lolo" and spoiled them with his generosity and love.
Rey eventually retired in 2013 at the age of 68. In retirement, Rey continued to be a loving husband, father and Lolo. He was a simple man and took joy in the simple pleasures of watching TV, especially Kung Fu movies, and just being home with his family, living a Christ filled life. Although, he led an overall quiet life, he and Thelma took advantage of their newfound freedom in retirement by traveling with their family and going on tours with their friends. He definitely made the most of his retirement years and made many happy lifelong memories.

Although he was soft spoken, Rey was known to have a great sense of humor and quick wit and will always be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He had a successful career and a loving
home. He had the love and respect of his extended family and multitude of loyal friends. Rey lived a life that many only dream about, but he died knowing that he had achieved not just that, but so much more. He will rest in paradise with our Lord, having fulfilled the promises and dreams he had for himself and his family.