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Andrew Charles Lazzaretto Jr.

1942 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Andrew Charles Lazzaretto Jr. Obituary
October 20, 1942 - May 18, 2016 Andrew Charles Lazzaretto, Jr. ("Andy") was born on October 20, 1942, in Burbank, CA, the eldest son of Andrew Charles Lazzaretto, Sr. and Mary Gaudino Lazzaretto. He died peacefully at his home in Burbank, CA at the age of 73 on May 18, 2016, surrounded by his family. Andy attended Roscoe Elementary and Alemany High School before going off to study Political Science and play rugby at St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA. On his way to graduating in 1964, Andy was introduced to his best friend and partner for life, Nan Kathleen Russell, at a mixer at the Oakland Boathouse. They married on June 19, 1965, and enjoyed a wonderful life together for the next 51 years. Along the way, they had four sons: Charles, Anthony, Mark, and Dominic. Andy was a reserve in the United States Marine Corps while earning a Masters Degree in Public Administration at Cal State Los Angeles. He spent more than 50 years in public service. He served as City Manager of Walnut, Stanton, Alhambra, Burbank, and Rosemead; and as Assistant City Manager in Lynwood and Montebello. He was honored to act as Venue Technology Manager at the Sports Arena during the 1984 Summer Olympics. Andy earned a reputation as an expert in economic and community redevelopment and, in 1985, founded A.C. Lazzaretto & Associates, a municipal consulting firm whose clients ranged from the smallest cities to the County of Los Angeles. A mentor to hundreds, one of Andy's proudest accomplishments was that at least 15 of his Assistants became City Managers (including one of his sons). Never one to be idle, Andy enjoyed skiing in Mammoth and Utah, backpacking in the High Sierras, hunting and fishing on the family ranch, voraciously reading, winemaking, building and flying model airplanes, running, making Limoncello using his ancestors' recipe, and tending to his amazing rose garden. He and Nan travelled extensively throughout the United States and Europe with friends and family. Some of his favorite spots included Scarmagno, Grandma Gaudino's village at the base of the Italian Alps, the Irish countryside, and the medieval village of Yvoire in France. Andy proudly participated three times in the Police Unity Tour, a 300-mile, four-day bike tour from New York City to Washington, D.C., to honor fallen police officers. He rode in memory of his eldest son, Glendale Police Detective Charles Lazzaretto, who was killed in the line of duty in 1997. Andy was beloved by all and known for his sense of humor, generosity, joy for life, and big heart. He is survived by his father Andrew C. Lazzaretto, Sr.; wife Nan Russell Lazzaretto; siblings Michael (Beverly), Daniel (Kim), Teresa (Jose Sandoval), and John; children Anthony (Letitia), Mark (Sara), and Dominic (Stine); daughter-in-law Annamaria Burke; eight grandchildren; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends whose lives were touched by this humble, peaceful, and joy-filled man. Funeral services will be held at the Church of the Incarnation at 1001 N. Brand Boulevard in Glendale, CA on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Donations may be made in Andy's memory to the City of Hope at cityofhope.org/donate.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 19 to May 20, 2016
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