Tony Petta

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Tony Petta
Died peacefully December 13, 2012 at his home in Grand Terrace after a long illness. He is survived by Ann, his loving wife of 60 years. Born on February 12, 1926 in Ripacandia, Italy Tony moved to Chicago in 1938. He served as a US Army troop commander in Puerto Rico during World War II attaining the rank of sergeant. After the war Tony attended Indiana University where he graduated with a BA in Business Administration. For a while he worked as a Barber - in the family business - while taking classes to become a Real Estate broker. In 1951 he left Chicago heading to Southern California where he went to work as a title searcher for First American Title Company in San Bernardino. In 1957 he purchased some land on Barton Road in Grand Terrace and built his office where he became a Real Estate Broker, investor and an avid gardener. Tony is perhaps best remembered for his dedication to the founding of the City of Grand Terrace and his role as its first Mayor from November 1978 to April 1982. He continued to serve the City he loved as a council member for one additional term. Always speaking with animated enthusiasm about the City and its history, his slogan throughout the process of incorporation was "Let's make Grand Terrace an enviable place to live." During his tenure serving on City Council Tony was involved in the construction of the Civic Center on Barton Rd. which currently houses City Hall and Library. During his life in Grand Terrace Tony actively served his community through the Grand Terrace Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding member of Grand Terrace Toastmasters where he honored his public speaking skills and encouraged others to reach their leadership and communication goals. He supported the establishment of a wilderness park on Blue Mountain, working to help maintain the natural resource that he believed in preserving for all the people in perpetuity. Always looking for ways to beautify the City, Tony spent much of his time pursuing his love of organic gardening, raising vegetables and fruit in multiple gardens in and around Grand Terrace. He was very generous with the fruits of his labor and it was not uncommon for friends and neighbors to find gifts of produce that he had left on their doorsteps. Memorial services for Tony will be held on Friday, December 28 at 10:30 am at Montecito Cemetery, 3520 E. Washington St., Colton, CA. A reception will follow until 3:00pm at the Lion's Community Center in Grand Terrace.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Dec. 27, 2012
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