Thomas E. Innocenzi
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Thomas E. Innocenzi, community leader and Southern California business executive passed away Monday, December 17, 2012. He was 89 years old. A first-generation American, son of Italian immigrants, Tom Innocenzi grew up in Arnold, Pennsylvania, a small industrial town north east of Pittsburgh during the great depression. Like many he volunteered to serve in the Army during WWII. With a BS in Chemical Engineering from Penn State he built an impressive career for over 40 years, working for Shell Oil. He helped the company develop its famous "mid-grade" gasoline and managed four refineries including the Wilmington Refinery and Chemical Plant in Long Beach before retiring in 1984. Tom began a second career first with Huntsman Chemical in Salt Lake City and later with Western Waste Industries of Torrance. He oversaw the company's multi-state expansion and served on their executive committee. Tom Innocenzi served on the foundation and advisory board of Cal State, Dominguez Hills, was a co-founder of the Torrance Memorial Hospital Foundation, Past President of the Western Oil and Gas Association, and past director of the California Chamber of Commerce. In his later years Tom was a greeter at St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church in Rancho Palos Verdes. Ever the engineer, Tom could always be found at the church's Thrift Shop playing "Mr. Fix-it" with his handy tool kit. Tom Innocenzi was preceded in death by his wife, Jean. He is survived by his brother, Andrew R. Innocenzi of Atlantis, Florida; two children, Janet Anderson of Houston, Texas and a son, Tom Innocenzi of Laguna Niguel. He has three grandchildren, Christina Anderson of Houston, Texas, Austin Anderson of Los Angeles, Tyler Anderson of Ft. Worth, Texas and a great-granddaughter, Madi Anderson of Houston, Texas. A viewing and rosary service will be held at Green Hills Memorial in Rancho Palos Verdes on Friday, December 27 from 5 to 8 pm. A memorial mass to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2012 at 11 am at St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be sent in his name to: The Palos Verdes Resale Shop, 2321 Pacific Coast Highway Lomita, CA 90717 Phone (310) 534-1722. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 27, 2012