April 17, 1924 ~ February 4, 2011
Frank Acevedo, Jr.
It is with profound sadness that the loving children of Frank Acevedo, Jr. announce the passing of their beloved father, honored patriarch of the Frank Acevedo family. Born on April 17, 1924, he went to glory on February 4, 2011 after collapsing in the arms of his cherished youngest daughter Missy, who lovingly and selflessly dedicated her life to caring for him. Dad was cherished and adored by all 12 of his children but it was truly because of the tender loving care that was bestowed on him each and every day that he lived for 861/2 blessed years. Formerly a longtime resident of Wilmington for 37 years, he recently returned to Redondo Beach because it was his wish to live by the ocean again, where he spent the remainder of his life. Dad was born in Gardena, CA to Frank and Antonia Acevedo. He had 3 brothers and 6 sisters and loved growing up in Gardena with his family and many friends. He cherished memories of the â€œold daysâ€ and told stories often of those happy times. He would eventually work later in life for the City of Gardena for many years before working for the City of Carson, where he retired in 1994. Dad was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the US Army in the Philippines. He is predeceased by his parents, brother Manuel, and three sisters; Lenora, Lillian, and Carmelita. He is also predeceased by the love of his life; his loving wife, Sally Montanez Acevedo, who passed in 1988 and whose death brought him deep sorrow and loneliness. He is survived by his sisters Viola Rios (Tony), Margie Mendivil (Gilbert) and Bertha Gonzales; brothers Leonard Acevedo and Gilbert Acevedo (Helen). He is also survived by his 12 adoring children: Irene Acevedo, Dorene Olivarez, Frank Acevedo III, Ernest Acevedo, Gloria Ortiz, Maggie Auricchio (Francis), Loretta Acevedo-Cayton, Richard Acevedo, Albert Acevedo, Lisa Rhodes (Richard), Olivia Acevedo, and Elizabeth (Missy) Acevedo. In addition, he leaves behind â€œPapaâ€™s Little Angelsâ€, his 24 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his cherished lady friend, Porfiria Banda, who brought him love, companionship, and happiness and whom he affectionately called â€œSportâ€. Though we will miss our dad so very much, we thank the Lord above for blessing us with the most handsome, loving, generous and kindest daddy in the whole wide world. Amen. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel in Torrance on Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 6 to 9pm with the Rosary being celebrated at 7pm. The Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 10am. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.
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