Celestino "Joe" Bonifacio, Jr. a 42-year resident of the Los Angeles Area passed away suddenly on Friday, August 14th, 2009 at his Torrance home. Joe was born on July 8th, 1943 in Pasig, Philippines. He moved to the Southern California Area in his early 20's and worked for Jaguar and Volvo's Corporate Headquarters in Torrance, CA. In 1972 he started several Board and Care Facilities and in the 80's owned and operated Goldilock's Bakery and Coffee Shop Franchises. He also continued his family tradition by operating several auto collision repair shops, Bonifacio Motors, Inc. in the Los Angeles Area and was an integral part of Torrance Mitsubishi in his retirement. A devoted family man, Joe was active in his grandchildren's endeavors, including sports, family programs and philanthropic activities. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Mexico and Asia with his family and friends. He ensued his love of fishing by becoming a member of the International Game Fish Association and Vagabundos Del Mar Travel Club. Throughout his life he shared his love of the Los Angeles Lakers and deep sea fishing in the Sea of Cortez and the Southern California region with his friends and family. Joe is survived by his wife of 23 years Theresita "Bon" Bonifacio. Sons and daughters: Joel & Maria Paz Zamora, Justo & Maria Consuelo Justo, Joel & Thelma Bonifacio, Vincent & Margarita Vaca, Stephen & Angelica Dobbs, Marc Bonifacio, Jose & Rogielyn Vallejo, Joanne Bonifacio, Joseph Bonifacio, and Jonathan & Josie Gonzalez. Grandchildren Joven Zamora, Kristine Justo, Thomas Justo, Justin Justo, Vanessa Bonifacio, Joel Bonifacio, Jr., Carmen Bonifacio, Alfonso Vaca, Alexandra Vaca, AJ Vaca, Makena Dobbs, Cooper Dobbs, Karissa Dobbs, Sebastian Vallejo, Errol Gonzalez, Elijah Gonzalez, Gabrielle Luz Gonzalez, Amanda Poblano, and Mark Mendoza; Great Gandchild: Terryn Clark. Brothers and Sisters: Beth Delaroca, Ernesto Bonifacio, Rudolfo Bonifacio, David Bonifacio, Marietta Sanchez, Raquel Miguel, Raul Bonifacio, Celestino Bonifacio, and Jonathan Bonifacio. He is preceded in death by his father Celestino Bonifacio, Sr., mother Maria Del Rosario, brothers Ross and Benjamin Bonifacio. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday August 18th from 6:00PM –10:00 PM and Wednesday August 19th from 6:00PM-10PM at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA. Memorial Services will begin at 10:00 AM at St Philomena in Carson CA then Interment at Rose Hills Cemetery Portal De La Paz Mausoleum in Whittier CA at 12:30PM with a reception to follow at Rice Mortuary 3:00PM-5:00PM. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories and obtain directions to services.

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  1. To Tita Bon, Joel and family, Our deepest sympathy in loss of our dear Tito Joe. He will be missed. Be strong as the Lord will give you the strength in this time of sorrow. Tita Bon I am praying for your health and God will see you through. Our love, Nenette Bonifacio Moe and family

  2. Dad (Lolo), You’ll be sorely missed. I’ll miss your 2 week old fish reports and all your advice. We’ll miss you at the parties and fishing trips. You’ll always be in our hearts. Love, Thelma, Joel, Vanessa, Joel Jr., & Carmen

  3. Dearest Lolo Joe, We love you,and we’ll miss you dearly. Thanks for all the fond memories we’ve shared with you. You will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we know that you’re in a better place now with JESUS . God Bless, Kristine,Tommy,and Justin

  4. Dear Dad, We will cherish the memories of the times we shared with you no matter how little they were. Thank you for everything. You will forever be etched in our hearts. We love you.

  5. Hi Dad, I know I’ve always been late for everything…even writing something on this site. I’ll always miss you dad, its been tough these past months. I wish I had more memories to share with you but I will always treasure the few that I have. I miss you very much…I miss how when you would call me you made my name sound like a question..and how you would laugh and talk at the same time…sometimes so hard it didn’t seem like you were actually talking anymore. I’m always thinking about you and I love you very much. -Jo Anne Bonifacio

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