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Anthony J. Ciuffini, 78, loving husband, father and friend passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 surrounded by his immediate family. He is survived by his wife Lucille of 56 years, and three daughters: Beth Ciuffini Fairfield (David), Kathy Ciuffini Maxfield (Jason) and Maggie Williams (Tom). He had seven grandchildren who adored and loved him: Andrea and Brooke Fairfield, Corinne and Dominic Maxfield, and Tommy, Cole and Jake Williams. He was the oldest of five children and is survived by Mary Anne Ciuffini , Joseph Ciuffini (Gretchen) and Anne Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dominick and Domenica Ciuffini and his youngest sister Dolores Finn. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and other family members throughout the country. “Tony” started his work career as a physicist in upstate New York at Rome Air Development Center followed by a rewarding career with the Xerox Corporation where he collaborated on numerous patents. The opportunity to work at Rank Xerox near London, England for several years was a wonderful experience for him and his family. While there he discovered the world of antique mechanical music. Upon returning to the United States he worked for several engineering and medical device companies as well as for Reuge Music USA in the areas of research, program development, and management. In the early 1990s he left the corporate world to blend a life long dream of owning a business with his passion for mechanical music. He and Lucille with dedicated employee, Baltazar, managed the Music Box Doctor and Musical Specialties, Inc. which was dedicated to the repair of antique musical boxes and retail sales of musical items. Tony was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when he was 50 years old and lived with this progressive disease until his death, with the never ending devotion of Lucille and the support of many caregivers. His closest family and friends were touched by his charismatic charm, intelligence and fun loving nature that was driven by a strength few possess. In the end, he will be remembered for his determination to make his life meaningful despite his hardships, difficulties or disease. Visitation with a breakfast reception will be on June 26, 2017 between 9 am and noon at Rice Mortuary located at 5310 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503. A funeral mass will be held at 1:00 pm at St. John Fisher Catholic Church located at 5448 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. A private burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park. To honor his participation in MS research trials and never ending hope for a cure, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the Memory of Anthony Ciuffini to either: USC - Multiple Sclerosis Center, c/o Lisa Reyes, Office of Development, 1975 Zonal Avenue - KAM 300, Los Angeles, CA 90033 or by givetousc.edu (2) The National Multiple Sclerosis Society at www.nationalmssociety.org or copy and paste this link: https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/Donation2?df_id=55995&55995.donation=form1 The family would ask that you designate donations be restricted to research funding to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

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  1. So very sorry for your loss. Mr. Ciuffini was an inspirational man and overcame many obstacles in his life. Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to your family.

  2. Lisa and Mark of The Music Box Company love Tony very much. We have worked closely with him since about 1992 and will miss him dearly. He was not only a business associate, but a dear friend. His humor and kindness will always be remembered…and missed every day. Much love to the family.

  3. Dear Lucille, It was with great sadness that Ron and I learned of Tony’s passing; please accept our heartfelt condolences. There are not enough words to describe your beloved husband and the love and respect we held for him. Not only was he charming and brave but knowledgeable and especially generous. Bernie and I owed so much to Tony’s help over the years and more recently my son, Ron. We will miss him terribly. His memory will always be for a blessing. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love, Kandi

  4. Dear Lucille, My deepest and sincerest condolences to you & your family. Tony’s zest for life and his unquenchable good humor will be sorely missed. I will miss him too as a friend, teacher & mentor. I will always cherish the memory and humor of our joint birthday party, (almost 30 years ago), when he & I “shared a belly dancer” (dancing), complements of you & my wife. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance at this time, or in the future? May his memory be a blessing to us all.

  5. You all did a really nice job with the write-up on Uncle Tony. I especially love these photographs of him. He will indeed be fondly remembered. Our hearts are with all of our “California cousins” and, of course, our Aunt Lucille. Big hugs and much love from the East Coast.

  6. Dearest Mrs. Ciuffini and family, so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you all. I only knew Mr. Ciuffini for a couple of months but he made such a huge impression on me. He was a joy to be around and never let his physical hangups bring him down spiritually or emotional. He seemed to even calm us all down when we became a bit unhinged. A wonderful man who will truly be missed but is in a better place. Love you all. May the Lord show you all comfort beyond any other in this time. God bless. May “Tony’s” memory and the way he lived his life be an inspiration to everyone that knew him forever.

  7. Dearest Mrs. Ciuffini and family, so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you all. I only knew Mr. Ciuffini for a couple of months but he made such a huge impression on me. He was a joy to be around and never let his physical hangups bring him down spiritually or emotional. He seemed to even calm us all down when we became a bit unhinged. A wonderful man who will truly be missed but is in a better place. Love you all. May the Lord show you all comfort beyond any other in this time. God bless. May “Tony’s” memory and the way he lived his life be an inspiration to everyone that knew him forever.

  8. Mr. Ciuffini was one of the most memorable and pleasant of my patients. I looked forward to his visits and with Lucille. We’ve had our adventures in the exam room, from how to position his feet so I can render my meager service of debriding his toenails, and keeping him from sliding off the chair. I’m glad to know that the little bit of my service gave him some relief in the last few years. I will always remember our mutual fondness of music boxes. I know I will see him on the other side of heaven. He will be sorely missed by me and my staff. God be with you Lucille and family.

  9. So sorry for your incredible loss. May you say not in grief that he is no more, but in thankfulness that he was. May God bless your family with peace and grace. Much love, Mike, Lori & Hunter Meyer

  10. Tony will be greatly missed by us. We enjoyed his humor and upbeat personality. We were truly blessed to have him as our friend. Our heart goes out to Lucille, Beth, Kathy, Maggie and their families.

  11. Dear Lucille and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I never met Tony but I could tell he was a wonderful man by the way Lucille loved him, took care of him, and spoke very highly of him. You are all in my prayers at this difficult time. My deepest sympathy.

  12. Lucille, I am so sorry that Tony has gone. I enjoyed the video very much- such an interesting life. He sounds like he was an amazing person and I am sorry not to have known him recently. I hope you will manage all that he has left behind and will have happy memories.

  13. Just found out that Tony passed away. He was an amazing person; a restorer of history. He brought back to life so many musical treasures. His legacy will live on in the collections of hundreds of us who knew and benefited from his meticulous work. My condolences, Lucille. Best, Casey

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