Gino (Luigi) Lauro
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Our family chain is broken, our lives will never be the same. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gino (Luigi) Lauro, born February 4, 1926 in Ischia, Italy, passed away peacefully at his home in San Pedro on June 23, 2012. Gino was preceded in death by his brothers, Pasquale and Vincenzo. Gino is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Mary; children, Vincent Lauro (Denise); Louis Lauro, Antonette Iacono (Alex) and John Lauro; grandchildren, Nicholas Lauro (Laura); Greg Lauro (Marie), Adrienne Iacono; Alexa Iacono and Anthony Iacono; great grandson, Vincenzo Pasquale Lauro and one more great grandson due next month; brother, John J. (Joe) Lauro (Mary Ann); sisters, Rosetta Curci; Mary Grace DiMeglio (Tony), all of San Pedro; and Italia Trani (Filipo) of Ischia, Italy; first cousins, Giovan Giuseppe Gualtieri of Italy; Rosario Gualtieri; Mary DiLeva-Adamson, Tony DiLeva, Joe DiLeva and Percy DiLeva, all of Wollongong, Australia; also sisters-in-law, Carmela Guerra and Jeanie Kirtides. Gino will also be missed terribly by his nieces and nephews who often sought his advice as the patriarch of the family. Their regular visits during his illness always brought a smile to his face. Gino came to the United States in 1951 to marry his bride and then focused on the American dream of faith, family, friends and business, in that order. He worked in the early years as a fisherman, then at Sun Lumber Company, followed by Shell Oil Company for 21 years, but his final calling was to start a career in vending machines, "Lauro Vending Company." He loved his customers and his customers loved him. He did business the old fashioned way, with a handshake and a smile. He was also a member and past president (twice) of the Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 115, at Mary Star of the Sea Parish. Gino was a long standing member of the San Pedro Elks Lodge. We would like to thank Dr. Adrian Shandling, cardiologist, and his staff for the outstanding medical care provided to Gino over the last five years and his caretaker, Robert Agato. Visitation will be Thursday, June 28, 2012, 4:00-7:00pm at McNerney's Mortuary Chapel; Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 29 at 10:30am at Mary Star of the Sea Church with entombment to follow at Green Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Mary Star of the Sea High School Building Fund in his name. Pleae sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits or share memories at mcnerneysmortuary.com. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith"...2 Timothy 4:7.
Published in Daily Breeze from June 27 to June 29, 2012