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Anthony Pat Vernola

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Anthony Pat Vernola
Anthony Pat Vernola passed away on Thursday, March 1st surrounded by loved ones at Cedar Sinai, Los Angeles
Tony was born to Pat and Mary Ann Vernola on August 25th, 1951 in Upland, California. Preceded in death by his Brother Frank Vernola, and Great-Nephew Blake Bolin. He is survived by his wife Chris Vernola, Sister-in-Law Carrie Vernola, Niece Rachelle Bolin, Nephews Frank and Patrick Vernola, along with seven great-nieces and nephews, and cousin Patricia Dicrasto.
Tony's childhood was spent on the family farms in Ontario and Mira Loma before graduating from Upland High in 1969. Later his parents would buy The Magic Lamp Inn which Pat asked his son to manage. In 1975, Tony became the face of the Magic Lamp, carrying on the tradition of great food and old fashioned hospitality; he would enjoy eating, drinking, and entertaining there for the next 40 years.
After his Father's passing in 2001, Tony's focus would shift to managing his family's properties and philanthropic pursuits within in the community that he loved. He would combine his passion for cars and charity by helping to preserve the glory of the illustrious Route 66 that ran past his treasured Magic Lamp's front steps with the Route 66 IEAC. And this is only one example, it seems Anthony's generous predisposition was something he couldn't help but indulge, coming to the aid of friends, family, and those in need; offering housing, transportation, guidance in the manner of a true humanitarian. Anthony's passing has left a void of laughter and love, but thankfully he left us enough memories to keep us smiling for a lifetime.
Services will he held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church 2110 N San Antonio Ave, Upland, CA 91784 on Tuesday, March 13. Visitation will be at 9:30am, Rosary at 10am, and Mass at 10:30am, with Rite of Committal following at Bellevue Memorial Park, 1240 W G St, Ontario, CA 91762.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Red Cross of America or the Rising Stars Charitable Association.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Mar. 11, 2018
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