Albert Icardo
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Albert Icardo

Services: Tues., July 15, 10 a.m.

After a lengthy illness, Albert Icardo, 92, died on July 10, 2003. Services will be held on Tuesday, July 15, at 10:00 a.m. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary.

Mr. Icardo was born January 4, 1911, in Los Angeles, CA, to Angelo and Angelina Icardo. Later the family settled on a three acre farm in San Fernando Valley. When the school house was built, he was to attend school. In 1927 he joined the navy and served on the U.S.S. New Mexico until 1931. In addition to Farming the San Fernando Valley area, his businesses included serving as president of the San Fernando Development Co. and the Icardo-Clay Realty Co. He was a member of the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club.

During his lifetime, Mr. Icardo was a licensed pilot, real estate broker, and produce broker. He was a member of the Bakersfield Country Club, Dante-Italian Heritage Club and the Bakersfield Elks Club.

In 1946, Mr. Icardo began farming the Wheeler Ridge area and one of the first to grow commercially watermelons, cantaloupes, lettuce and oranges. He served on the California Dept. of Agricultural Cantaloupe Advisory Board. His patent trademark for watermelons Ridge Sweet still exists today.

In 1951, he moved his permanent residence to Wheeler Ridge to continue farming and raise thoroughbred horses. He was fortunate to see some of his horses win at all the major California tracks. He was a member of the California Horse Breeders Association and the Del Mar and Santa Anita Turf Clubs.

Mr. Icardo was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed traveling throughout the world. Some of game heads are displayed at Bakersfield Cal State North American Museum. He and his wife were fortunate that they were able to travel arould the world and all of the U.S. except the state of Delaware.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Phyllis; two granddaughters and three great-granddaughters. His daughter, Laura Jones, predeceased him as did his parents, brothers, Enrico, Arthur, Jack and Jimmie Icardo and his sister, Albina Jones. Many nieces and nephews survive him.

The family is grateful for the care by Dr. Anil Mehta and Dr. Roland Rodriguez and especially grateful for the dedicated care by Dr. Joseph Rabban. Also the services provided by Alternative Care and the Skilled Nursing Unit of Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Boulet, James Bozarth, David Cerrina, James Cusator, Don B. Icardo, Frank Icardo II, Philip Icardo, H.R. Lawrence Jr., Gary Music, Dr. Gage Pifer, Dallas Sigler and Lance Skinner.

Albert will always be in our hearts and prayers and we know he rests in peace in the house of our Lord.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Boys Scouts of America 2417 M Street Bakersfield, CA 93301.


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Published in Bakersfield Californian from Jul. 12 to Jul. 15, 2003.
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