Tony Loresto LoPiccolo Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather Tony L. LoPiccolo, a 49 year resident of Torrance, passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2010 in Torrance just 12 days after his 89th birthday. Born in New Orleans, LA, Tony's family moved to Chicago, IL when he was a baby. His father died during the Great Depression when Tony was just 10 which forced him to grow up fast. Tony would used his coaster wagon to collect old tires, various metals, coal and whatever he could sell or use to help support his mother and baby sister. In high school Tony's artistic abilities grabbed the attention of an art school teacher who used one of Tony's paintings in the school's art exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute. His talent earned him a fine arts scholarship to Wright Jr. College, but after only one year, he was force to leave because he didn't have the money to continue. In 1943 Tony was drafted into the army where he suffered a punctured eardrum when the tank he was driving was hit by an artillery round while on maneuvers at Fort Knox, KY. Prior to WWII, Tony worked as a supervisor for Howard Aircraft Co. where he tested and drew airplanes. After the war, Tony drove a Taxi and eventually ended up working with his uncle in the auto body and repair business. For over 60 years, 40 of them in the South Bay area alone, Tony hammered and banged out dents on almost every four wheeled vehicle you could imagine. In 1975, he and his eldest son, Anthony, opened up their own shop, LoPiccolo and Sons, where Tony worked until retiring at age 81. Tony also served as an usher to his home Parish St. Catherine Laboure in Torrance for nearly 38 years. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carmella; sons, Anthony, Dennis, and Michael; daughters-in laws Linda and Tina; 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Tony's love for animals earned him the title "Dr. Doolittle" fromhis kids, but his greatest joy in life was being with his family and sharing a traditional bowl of pasta on a Sunday afternoon. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. A Vigil service will begin at 7:15pm. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Catherine Laboure on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 11:00am.

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  1. It was hard to hear that Uncle Tony had passed. I will miss him. He was always nice to all of us kids growing up. My condolances to Auntie Mel and the rest of the family. My family will be at the funeral. Love to all, Jennifer

  2. My deepest sympathy to the LoPiccolo family who I knew through my employment at Better Foods Market. I know that you are all very close and that Tony quiet a guy to grow-up with.

  3. The video is a beautiful tribute to my Uncle Tony. We love him and he will be greatly missed.

  4. My condolences to the Lopiccolo family. I did not know Tony but am part of the Lopiccolo family down here in louisiana. I watched the video and I see my dad,Frank and brother,Ciro in the photos. I am sorry for your loss. Gina

  5. I am sorry for your loss. I learned quiet a few things from Tony about our family history. Lord be with you in your time of need. Ciro

  6. My wife and I loved uncle Tony dearly and will really miss him. We fondly remember the hours we spent listening to stories and his memories. Our deepest sympathy to aunt mel, Anthony, Dennis and Michael, and the rest of the family as well! We love you all!

  7. My condolences to the Lopiccolo family. My mom and Mel are friends, and if you need us we’re always here for you. May God Bless each and every one of you. It is a difficult process. It doesn’t get easier, but through God it gets better. I lost my father 2 years ago, and I understand what you are feeling. I will pray for each and every one of you.

  8. Our family’s deepest condolences go out to the Lopiccolo family. I only knew Tony through mutual family gatherings, but he was a wonderfully pleasant and endearing man. A great father and loved dearly by those closest to him, both family and friends. He always had a way of making those he spent time with feel important. I always enjoyed speaking with him and listening to old stories and of course… those funny jokes. He truly had a wonderful sense of humor! Rest well Tony, and be with the Lord. You will certainly be missed!

  9. I remember my uncle Tony as a warm family man who took me in as a little girl when I needed someone to watch over me. I will miss him greatly. Anthony, Dennis, & Michael, my heart is heavy over the loss of your father. Aunt Mel, there are no words I can find to relieve your sorrow except to tell you uncle Tony was loved.

  10. Dear Tony, It has been a true blessing knowing you and your family for a few years now. You were a very special person who genuinely cared for all your friends, something which is very difficult to find nowadays. I will miss your personality although I was not able to interact with you as much as I would have liked. Nevertheless, I do enjoy the presence of your son Michael around me every day.

  11. May the comfort of the Holy Spirit be poured out to Tony’s remaining family as you endure the loss of a patriarch. He must have been a great dad to have developed such a wonderful son in Michael whom I have known for over seventeen years. Blessings to you Mike, Tina, kids and the rest of the LoPiccolo family. Daniel and Victoria Narvaez

  12. Mike & Tina, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. We have fond memories of Tony. We always enjoyed our opportunities to talk to him when we had the chance. It was always apparant that family was a top priority for him. He was a great man and will be missed by all who knew him. Barry & Doris Goza

  13. We know our time here is a gift, but still, its especially hard when we lose someone as big-hearted and genuine as Tony. Mel, Dennis, Anthony and Michael – my thoughts and prayers are for you and for Tony. May God bless and keep you close and secure in his love. My sympathies also to all of Tony’s extended family, he will be missed by so many people.

  14. Lenny Martinez and I met Tony at St Catherines Laboure church on Sundays and he was a very nice man. We will miss him dearly.

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