May 28, 1914 ~ March 22, 2005
Walter Testa was born on May 28, 1914. He was a dearly loved husband and wonderful father. Walter spent the final week of his life at his beach home surrounded by his devoted wife, Rita, daughters, Teresa and Gina and his son-in-law Troy. He died peacefully at home Tuesday, March 22, 2005. Walter was an exceptional man. As a child he worked in the silent movies under the direction of Cecile B. De Mille. He volunteered for the Army and ended up serving in WWII where he was a highly decorated First Lieutenant. He earned a BA in Education from UCLA and his Masters at USC. He married his wife, Rita, late in life. Together they purchased a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream store. He worked in the store until the night a drunk driver permanently disabled him 30 years ago. Walter was a superman. He survived near-death operations countless times yet never complained about his numerous difficulties. Walter loved his family. Every birthday was a reason to celebrate. Although it was difficult for him to travel, he would go the extra mile to be with the people he loved. His beach home was always filled with family and friends celebrating life. Walter always had a smile on his face. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 49 years, Rita, his son, Charles (Wendy), his two daughters, Teresa (Troy) and Gina (Guy), and his five grandchildren, Lori, Justin, Brett, Nick and Brittney.
A gathering of family and friends will be Tuesday, March 29, 2005 4PM until 8PM with Vigil service at 7PM both at McCormick Redondo Beach Chapel. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 11:30AM at the Risen Christ Chapel in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 2601 Airport Drive #230, Torrance, CA 90505-6193
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