Gino Giacinti Aug. 9, 1921- Feb. 23, 2009 It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Gino to be with the angels. He leaves behind his loving daughter Linda, and his granddaughter Amber and many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends. Born in Bellinzona Switzerland on August 9, 1921, he worked as a pastry chef in St. Moritz, and Basel Switzerland. In 1947 he left Switzerland to move to Lima Peru for 4 years and then he moved to America. He met and married his truelove Bernice. Together they opened Gino's Pastry Shop in the Hollywood Riviera where they stayed for 43 years until their retirement in 2000. He was loved by many that frequented his bakery. He was thought of as rough on the outside but very gentle when you saw through him. He will always be remembered for his bread and pastries. He could always make people laugh with his bad jokes and stories, and his broken English. He touched many lives and will be missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his Daughter, Linda Dufresne of Redondo Beach, CA Preceded in death by parents Florentina and Vincenzo Giacinti. A gathering of family & friends will be held at White & Day Colonial Chapel on Monday, March 2, 2009 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. The Service will be held at Seacoast Church in Redondo Beach on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. Burial will follow at Roosevelt Memorial Park in Gardena, CA Please go to the mortuary's website, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services. Check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. Linda and family, How I loved your father. The first time we met we had so much in common that it was unreal. He was from the same region in Italy that my family is from, his daughter’s name is Linda-the same as mine and she is Italian-Irish, the same as I am. Mr. Giacinti was a very gracious man. I loved hearing his stories of Old Italy. My heart is at a loss for you. May God hold you in the palm of HIS hands and give you peace. I will surely miss being his nurse and most of all his friend. Linda, I keep you in prayer and Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

  2. sorry we could not be there in person. our hearts and love are with you (linda) and amber. not only will kathy and i miss him but the kids will also, they really enjoyed being around your parents

  3. For over 30 years Gino and his family have been a part of my life. So many memories and funny stories and jokes. so many challahs and lemon bars and bran muffins. My son,David, now age 23, learned to walk in Gino’s bakery. Gino and Bernice were such an important part of our lives, they were given the honor of lighting a candle at David’s Bar mitvah in 1999. Gino told me 10 days ago that he wanted to be remembered. Who he was is a part of who we have become. We will all remember him. May he rest in peace.

  4. I remember going to work with my dad when I was a young boy and we would go to the bakery all the time and see Gino,and Bernice, and Linda. and of course Fred. my family was real close to them all. my dad would always help out.I really wish I would have learned how to bake back then. I remember my best of all times was helping make gingerbread houses during the Christmas season. I loved you all so much you will be missed my friend until we see each other again in our LORDS home. Johnny

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