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Antonio Barreto

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February 14, 1951 - January 15, 2018 Antonio (Tony) Barreto, Jr., retired judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court and longtime Culver City resident, passed away in the loving presence of his family on January 15, 2018, after suffering a heart attack. He was 66. Tony was born on February 14, 1951, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the son of Portuguese immigrants, and moved to Hollywood with his family two years later. He attended Hollywood High School and graduated from UCLA in 1973, earning his law degree in 1977 from Southwestern Law School. After working briefly in private practice, Tony joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, serving as a deputy district attorney from 1978 to 1989. He began his career on the bench in 1990 when Governor George Deukmejian appointed him to the Culver Municipal Court. In 2000 he was elevated to the Los Angeles Superior Court, and was assigned that year to the Airport Courthouse where he served until his retirement in 2014. Tony married Kathleen Lanzarotta in 1992, and their twins Michael and Joseph were born in 1995. A devoted family man, Tony coached his sons' sports teams and guided their Boy Scout careers from Tiger Cubs to Eagle rank. He tirelessly helped anyone in need and lived his life for others. A classic film buff and trivia expert, Tony helped finance his law school tuition with his winnings from game shows including Split Second, You Don't Say, The Joker's Wild and Jeopardy. A die-hard UCLA fan and avid golfer, Tony enjoyed having more time to indulge both passions in retirement. Tony made the local news in 1997, when he chased down a bank robber escaping from the Culver Court on a bicycle, pursuing the escapee in his car until the police could apprehend him. In addition to his wife and sons, Tony is survived by many cousins in Portugal-and by a multitude of loving in-laws, friends and colleagues, all of whom grieve his loss. Tony was laid to rest in a private service at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on January 29; a larger celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the Barreto Family Scholarship Fund at Southwestern Law School, 3050 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., CA 90010, Attention: Alumni Office.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 2, 2018
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