Nicholas Jacob Donatoni, age 69, passed away on May 3, 2012. After graduating from Santa Monica High School, he worked for Pioneer Bakery for 25 years. Nicholas was a regular at the Redondo Beach Pier, taking the bus to enjoy the ocean and meet his friends. He loved baseball, supporting the Dodgers and collecting baseball cards, and watching old movies. Being a very caring and loving person, spending time with his 16 nieces and nephews was one of Nicholas's favorite things to do. Nicholas is survived by sister, Jacquelyn Campbell. The visitation will be held at Rice Mortuary on Tuesday May 8 from 5:00pm until 9:00pm with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Lawrence Martyrs Church on Wednesday May 9 at 10:00 am. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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  1. Everyone at the pier was so sad to hear of Nick’s passing. We have been missing him. He always had a big smile. I would tell him “He couldn’t count the Dodgers because they weren’t closers.” He would get play mad. He would ask me to pray for different members of his family. He took great pleasure in the new babies and the small children. Bless you all, he is at peace.

  2. My condolences to the family. Nick used to come by the shop on the pier,sometimes to share lunch and talk sports. He was always so proud of his nieces and nephews and always talked about them. May God rest his soul. He will be missed here on the pier.

  3. Nick and I always shared a passion for the he can plead their cause up close and personal! I will miss our baseball chats..he was a great guy!

  4. I am so saddened to hear the news of Nick’s passing. I remember him being so happy for me on my wedding day. My husband and I will truly miss him. As a child, we went to a few Dodger games together. He was so passionate about his Dodgers. He was the definition of a gentle giant. He is now an angel watching over all of his nieces, nephews and the rest of his family that he loved so much.

  5. Nick was awesome! I always stopped and talked to him while walking my Mom’s dog named Tipsy. He was always waiting at the bus by my Mom’s place on Nadine Circle. He was on his way to the pier, as usual. He loved petting Tipsy. We’d talk about the music he listened to on his walkman CD player. We’d talk about the Dodgers. He wouldn’t remember me unless I was with Tipsy. Once, I was alone and said “Hi.” LOL, he said “Hi,” but asked, “Did I yell at you the other day?” No, he never yelled at me. He was always a pleasure.

  6. Nick was patient with my dog Tipsy when we first met him since she was a little hesitant. I looked forward to chatting with Nick. And Tipsy always ran over to him even if he was across the street. She knew that she would be getting a great back rub from him. We will miss him. We already are.

  7. Many of us at New Horizons are saddened to hear of the passing of Nick. He became known to us by his many walks around our “loop” and resting on the benches. He was interesting to talk to and usually had an opinion on anything you wanted to talk about. Our sincere condolences to the family.

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