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Arthur D'Egidio


1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Arthur D'Egidio Obituary
Arthur D'Egidio passed away peacefully in his home in Sherwood Forest, CA in the company of his family on February 24, 2016. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Arthur was born on May 11, 1926 in San Polo Matese, Italy, to Carolina Velotta and Michele D'Egidio. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 21 to joyfully reunite with his father in Los Angeles. He quickly wrote to his childhood sweetheart in San Polo to join him in the United States to marry him. The beautiful Assunta Campanaro accepted his proposal, and they were married January 22, 1950 in Culver City. They recently celebrated 66 years of marital bliss. Arthur (known as Art) and Sue were blessed with three children -- Michael, Bruno, and Rosemarie -- who were the joy of his life. When Arthur's brother, Giovanni D'Egidio, came from Italy to join him in Los Angeles, their father gave them money to open their first liquor store together. He was forever grateful for that selfless gesture which gave the two brothers the opportunity to partner together to start a business. It was the beginning of a seamless partnership utilizing both of their unique gifts, along with hard work and long hours, that led to their success. Their big break came when their landlord, Quentin Tobias, recognized their strong work ethic and sold them their first property on a handshake -- thus was D'Egidio Brothers Enterprise founded as a real estate investment and development company. The two brothers worked together daily for almost forty years and after Giovanni's death in 1990 not a day passed when Art didn't miss him. Art continued to use his keen sales and negotiation skills to purchase property and develop it -- it's often said that everything he touched turned to gold. He enjoyed building projects and used his self-taught skills in architecture, engineering and drafting in the the development of retail centers across Southern California. He remained active in the business until his death. Art will be remembered for many things. He was a charismatic, dapper and debonair gentleman. He was a master of entertaining and a legend at the barbecue with his famous sauce. His greatest legacy however was his genuine love of people. He adored his sister Lucia along with his brother, their families and his many cousins. The warmth, love, and respect he had for people was felt by all. Everyone wanted to call him "Uncle Art". Arthur passed away as the patriarch of his large family. He is survived by his loving wife Assunta D'Egidio; his children Michael (Marilyn) D'Egidio, Bruno D'Egidio, and Rose Broderick D'Egidio; his six beloved grandchildren Arthur (Stefanie) D'Egidio, Micaela (Brian) Bohn, Deanna D'Egidio, Tyler (Hannah) D'Egidio, Masen Broderick; his great-grandson Jack Bohn; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his sister-in-law.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 1, 2016
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