Florencio Vincente "Socko" Torres passed away peacefully at his home in San Pedro, Ca on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Better known as Socko he was born in Lompoc, California on October 27, 1929 the fifth child born to Catarino and Francesca Torres. The family moved to Redondo Beach in the 1930's. He attended the local schools in Redondo Beach and was one of the most lettered athletes to graduate from Redondo Union High School. This marvelous athlete earned 15 varsity and lightweight letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. During a varsity football game in 1945 the 122-pound sophomore quarterback was sent into the game for a punt return. The touchdown scored on that run back, and thus began his career as a very determined legend. In his senior year of football, Torres overslept before the Long Beach Jordan game and missed the team bus. One of the assistant coaches had to find his uniform, pick him up at home, get dressed in the back seat of the car, and get him to Long Beach just in time for the kick off. When Socko ran into the field the Redondo crowd went wild. At El Camino College, Torres was in the backfield with future USC All-American Jim Sears and like his teammate he was one of the first athletes named to the El Camino Hall of Fame in 1989. "Socko's" fondness for his alma mater Redondo High School was always his passion. As an adult He built a career in sales, whether selling insurance for Travelers or whiskey for Seagram's his outgoing personality and genuine interest in people made him as much a natural in sales as he was in sports. He is survived by his sister Jenny Torres, brother Joe Torres of Redondo Beach, his five children, Dorian(Mickey) Harris of Redondo Beach, Vincent(Betty) Torres of Hillsbough, OR., Monica(Tim) Schmidt of San Pedro, Paul James (Francis James DeSantis) Torres of Baltimore Md., Rita(Mark) Figueroa of San Pedro and their mother Eleanor Brice Torres of San Pedro, 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, He was a beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews and a good friend to many. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Marcus, Emeterio "Emo", Clemente, and sister Henrietta Duarte. Services will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. Rosary and viewing on Monday, April 5, 2010 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Memorial Mass on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at St. James Catholic Church In Redondo Beach at 10:00 followed by internment at Holy Cross Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at the Redondo Beach Knights of Columbus, 214 Avenue I following the internment at 1:00p.m.

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  1. To the entire Torres family, I send you my thoughts and prayers. I can remember when I was a little boy and my dad telling me about how remarkable Socko was as a football player. When I had a chance to meet him I discovered he was even a better/nicer man. He was such a kind man and a great friend to our family. He will be deeply missed. May God Bless you all. with love, don held

  2. Our hearts and prayers are with everyone in this time of sorrow, wishing only that we could be there with you. Our fondest memory of Socko was on the evening of a going away BBQ that Mark & Rita threw for us before we left for Texas. Socko asked Mark & I “What the heck is out in Texas!?” He could always make us laugh. It was a pleasure and an honor to know Socko. Our deepest sympathies and all of our love!!!

  3. So many memories growing up with Uncle Socko. No not my real uncle but the best ‘uncle’ anyone could ask for. Loving, smiling and laughing. I love you Uncle Socko Diane

  4. Dear Torres Family, I just want to express my sincerest sympathies on your great loss. I met Mr. Torres once at a family gathering and he was such a vibrant man full of great spirit and had a great sense of humor. It was clear to me from that visit where you all got your very funny sense of humor from. My love to you all.

  5. I loved Uncle Socko very much, he was always a favorite family member for me. I have vivid memories of his broad smile, unconditional kindness and love toward all of the kids that would descend upon his home when we all got together. Some of my fondness memories were Christmas with our cousins. We are all better for having had Uncle Socko in our lives. Our prayers go out to his family.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. I had the priviledge and pleasure of meeting Socko at your family renunion a few years ago. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. My heart is with my dear cousins at this sad time. Although my uncle’s health was failing we are never ready to loose a loved one. In the eleventh book of John Jesus speaks to Martha concerning her brother Lazarus’s death. “Your brother will rise”, her reply was, “I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” How confident she was in Jesus promise! I am comforted with that hope and I am confident that I will see my Uncle Socko again.

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