February 26, 1940 ~ September 27, 2016
Louis T. Petroni
Louis T. Petroni (Lou) passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, September 27, 2016, at his home in Hermosa Beach. He was 76 years old.
Born February 26, 1940 to 1st generation Italian-American parents, Louis and Carmella (Barone) Petroni, Lou was raised in Staten Island, New York. He was a three sport star at Curtis High School and later attended Wagner College of Staten Island on a football scholarship.
To the mild chagrin of the Murray family, Lou met and started dating Judy Murray, an Irish girl, while at Curtis High School. Lou eventually won them over, of course, and in 1959 they were married and moved to Manhattan Beach, CA, where Judy's parents had moved one year earlier.
After a couple of years working at Ryan Aeronautical, Lou eventually landed a job at TRW in Redondo Beach, CA. He was hired in 1962 as a Production Control Expediter and 35 years later retired in 1997 as Vice President of New Business Initiatives. His career at TRW was both challenging and rewarding, as the aerospace industry was growing rapidly and Lou was involved in such historic accomplishments as Apollo 11, Sky Lab, and the Space Shuttle, etc.
While he and Judy were raising their six children Lou was constantly involved with his children's youth sports leagues and special events at American Martyrs and Bishop Montgomery High School. Later on he enjoyed watching his grandchildren's sporting events, attending local pro and college games, traveling, listening to music, and going to the Theatre. He relished spending time with family and friends, and especially enjoyed his late afternoon consultations with cronies at Grunions.
Lou is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judy, their 6 children, Mike (Claudia – deceased), Don (Diane), Rob (Ann), Lou (Kim), Matt (Susan), Tara (Mike Paley), and fifteen grandchildren (Vito, Sergio, Tommy, Samantha, Joey, Josh, Annie, Jackson, Camille, Rocco, Matthew, Kendall, Ben, Sam and Theo). Also, his sisters Mary Anne Marisca of Old Bridge, NJ, and Margaret (Greg) Bianco of Tampa Bay, FL, as well as many other loving relatives.
A funeral mass will be held Monday, October 3rd, at 10:00 at American Martyrs Parrish. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Lou's name to the charity of your choice.
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