Ric Lerma, one of Garden Grove’s most prominent citizens, died recently after a sudden illness. He was 68.
A lifelong resident of Garden Grove, he attended Garden Grove High School and graduated in 1972.
In addition to his business operations – a window and door construction company and a cleaning firm – he was active in many organizations, serving as an officer in several of them.
They include the Garden Grove Foundation, Garden Grove Downtown Business Association, Garden Grove Downtown Commission, Garden Grove Neighborhood Association, Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Garden Grove Hospital Board of Directors as well as the Knights of Columbus, Lions and Kiwanis.
He has been honored as Man of the Year for 2020-2021 by the Garden Grove chamber and Cypress College Man of the Year.
Ric is survived by his wife, Susan, his mother, Vera, nine children and eight grandchildren.
Memorial services are planned on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at St. Columban Catholic Church, 10801 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove. Viewing and Rosary are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a funeral mass at 1 p.m.
The Ric Lerma Memorial Blood Drive is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 9 from 1:30 to 8 p.m. at the Garden Grove Community Center, 11300 Stanford Ave. To sign up to donate blood/platelets, call 1-800-733-2767.