Salvatore
On May 13, 2011, Salvatore Michael Robelotto passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Born in 1925 to Vincent Robelotto and Anna Padula, he was the youngest of seven children – Joseph, Leonard, Anthony, Vincent, Madelyn, and his identical twin brother, Rocco. As he was the last to be born, so now he is the last to pass. He and his twin brother, Rocco, joined the Navy and together served aboard the destroyer, the USS Hawkins, during the final part of World War II. Soon after his discharge, he met and married Mary Burometto. They had four children – Mike, Portia, Faith, and Christina. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Sienna College in New York and was included in the 1950-51 version of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He later obtained his Master’s Degree in Metallurgy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1956, having accepted a job as a metallurgist for Sciaky Brothers, the family moved to California. He was later employed by North American Aviation and Hughes Research Labs in Malibu. Utilizing his education and experience, he started his own successful business in 1966 – Electron Beam Welding, Inc., which he later sold in 1986. For his groundbreaking work in the field of high tech welding, he was honored in Who’s Who in the West for 1978-79. Sal was predeceased by his first wife Mary, his six siblings, and his stepson, Kevin. He is survived by his devoted wife Dorothy Lum; his adoring children and step-children Mike, Portia, Faith, Christina, Valerie and Cheryl, and their spouses – Shelly Daly, Raffaele La Ferla, Gary Jones, Brian Thoman, and Eugene Kanechika; his loving grandchildren Emily, David, Andrei, Sam, Sara, Joey, Melissa, Christopher, Brandon, Amber, and Ryan, and a multitude of nephews and nieces in California, New York, and Georgia. The family would like to express their eternal gratitude to his devoted wife, Dorothy, for her loving care of him through the years. She brought immense joy to his life and ours, adding years of precious memories to our time together in this world. A Viewing will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM at St. James Catholic Church, 415 Vincent Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. A celebration of the life of Sal Robelotto will be held in the church Fellowship Hall immediately following the ceremony to which all are invited. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider performing an act of kindness in his honor.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Vince & Shirley Robelotto

  2. My heart goes out to you at your great loss. What a joy he was to know. I can still smell the cinnamon-nut bread when I was visiting and he made one for me to take home. May your wonderful memories sustain you in this time of grief. Much love and prayers.

  3. Such a wonderful, kind, and caring man. We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to get to know him. Our hearts and condolences go out to his loving family, especially Dorothy. We are so sorry for your loss.

  4. Our sincere condolences to ALL of Sal’s family and friends. What a gentle soul he was and very proud of ALL of his family. Feel fortunate to have had such a wonderful father, grandfather, and friend. Sincerely, Linda & Michael Stoltz

  5. Everyone, and in particular Mike, Portia, Faith and Chris, I am so very sorry at your loss. Sal meant so much to me, as all of you — and Mary — meant so much to me and made such a difference in my life. You know the magic of loving, and teasing, and how to be openly affectionate. Abraham Lincoln said, “And in the end it is not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Sal had both. Love–Jim

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