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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  1. Always cheerful and always made everyone welcome in his home. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rita and family. Ilene, Dick, Alan & Calvin

  2. What a difficult loss to bear but what a wonderful life, wonderful man to celebrate. My heart goes out to you and you are in my prayers

  3. Hi Rita, May God bless you as you accept the loss of your husband and dear friend. Thinking of you and all the feelings that are flooding through you at this very moment and as you progress through the events that are taking place. Your relaxed and comfortable relationship with Walter… solid as a rock. May God Bless Walter. Walter is no longer with cane and is now out of pain. With Sympathy, Harry

  4. Dear Rita and Family We are very fortunate in having Walter in our lives, we will cherish each and every memory, and learn from the wonderful example he set for all of us. We will miss him. We love you. Chris and Karen and Family

  5. We\’re thinking of you… and wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow… and comfort in the midst of pain. With Heartfelt Sympathy.

  6. I am Walter Testa\’s granddaughter. Having just read his obituary for the first time, I feel the need to share my thoughts and feelings about my Grandpa. He was a wonderful man whom I will always love and admire. When I think about him, I see a man who always put everyone else before himself and always had a great story to share. Whenever I saw him, whether it be visiting for the weekend at his beach house or bringing flowers to him in his hospital bed, he always had a smile on his face and something pleasant and, alot of the time, inspirational to share with me. In my eyes, my Grandpa really is Superman, as his obituary so nicely put it. He will always be a hero to me and I will remember him, as many will, as a man who never stopped giving and never stopped trying. He lived a long life but even super hero\’s have to let go some time. He hung on and fought for his life as long as he could and, personally, I think he did all that struggling for us, his family and friends. So this one goes out to you Grandpa, thank you for loving us and touching us in a way no one else ever has or ever will again. Don\’t worry, I wont forget to take you with me everywhere I go from now until the day I get to be with you again. I love you and miss you dearly. Make sure to keep an eye on us and let us know you\’re alright. Love you Gramps! Love, Brittney

  7. Dear Uncle Walter Iam writing this to you knowing that you are in heavenly peace and happiness with our Dear Jesus and Our Holy Mother Mary. Because of His immeasureable love for all, I\’m sure He is allowing you to experience the earthly love that is expressed by your family and friends. Thank you for your gracious and beautiful being that we should all try to emulate and prayfully wait our turn for His call to come home too. Lovingly, your neice Diane

  8. Dear Rita and family, I was so sorry to read that your wonderful Walter has passed away. I remember him as a great guy who always had a smile for everyone. I\’m in the process of moving and will contact you as soon as the dust settles. My heart goes out to you and the family. You will be in my prayers and thoughts. All my love – Kathy

  9. I was blessed to have known Walter Testa through his daughter Gina. He was such a spiritual and inspirational man. Through all his suffering he constantly thought of others rather than himself. He NEVER complained. He was an incredible role model for his children. I am blessed by having such a good friend in his daughter Gina and know that the wonderful, loving woman she is today is a direct result of havig such an outstanding Father as her role model. All my love and sympathy to the family at this time of such loss. Love Beverlie Miller and family.

  10. Dear Auntie Rita & family: We cherish the memories of times with Walt and all of you. We haven\’t lived close to you in a long time, but you have all been in our hearts always. A scripture comes to mind when I think of Walt. The fruit of his relationship with God is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which was undeniably present in him. Galations 5:22 says the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Yes, that is uncle Walt! We miss him, but he is with the Lord! Philippians 4:8 tells us …whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. And so we will think about Walt and his amazing life with you. Those thoughts can bring us joy, comfort and peace. Much love, your niece Angie & husband Dan & family

  11. Rita and Family….My mom sent me the LA TIMES Notice on Walter’s passing. My sincerest sympathies to all of you and I’m sure Walter is resting peacefully with the Lord. I will always remember the fun times we had at Baskin Robbins in the 1960s!! Most sincerely…Michael Ihde

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