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October 15, 2015 It is with deepest sorrow and regret, that the Frisco Family and the legal community have lost a wonderful man Thursday, October 15, 2015, the very Honorable Charles Edward Frisco. He passed at 92 years of age and lived a beautiful and fulfilled life. The son of Sicilian immigrants, Gandolfo and Joanne, Judge Frisco was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He came from a close family, a sister, Delphine, along with his two brothers, Frank and Sammy. Judge Frisco and his two brothers were World War II veterans. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces and was assigned to Corsica, Italy, Austria and North Africa, the latter place where he lost his brother Sammy, on Christmas Day, 1942. After discharge from service Judge Frisco moved to California and he remembered how his father had emphasized the importance of an education and would quote him often: "No one can take it away from you." He attended Loyola University then Loyola Law School. He passed the California Bar in 1951. Judge Frisco had a legal partnership and toward the end of his career as a lawyer; he was doing approximately 20 jury trials a year. Governor Pat Brown appointed Judge Frisco to the Downey Municipal Court in 1966, where he served until 1980, including five years as presiding judge. Governor Jerry Brown elevated him to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1980. He was named "Superior Court Judge of the Year by the Southeast District Bar Association in 1981, which ultimately named the award after him when he retired. Being a judge was one of the many loves of his life; he served as chair of the court's Historical Events Committee, performing 31 enrobing ceremonies and introducing 264 judges, the most ever by any Los Angeles County judge. He retired in October of 2010. Judge Frisco was a founding member of both the Italian-American Bar Association and the Southeast Bar Association. He often times was called upon to "roast" various judges and attorneys who were either retiring or receiving an award. He was a gentleman, known for his charm, warmth, kindness, but most of all, his wit. Gregarious by nature, Charlie was paternalistic and professorial with new attorneys appearing in his court. Regardless of status, he treated a novice lawyer with the same dignified courtesy as he would a high caliber top-notch lawyer. Judge Wendell Mortimer years ago summed up what other judges would say about him: "I've thought many times, what Frisco would do? And that answer seems to have served me well. He's definitely someone I try to emulate." Apart from the law and family, Charlie was passionate about his parents' native land, Sicily. In his chambers, he kept a grand wall map of the island. Always eager to visit Italy over the years, he refined his taste for opera, which he acquired as a child, when his older brother would play piano at home. Tosca was his favorite or "anything else by Puccini." Judge Frisco is one of the last of the "Greatest Generation" and will be dearly missed. Charlie's greatest joy was his wife of over 61 years, Marjorie, a "First Lady" in her own right. Together, they have seven children: Patti Frisco, Charles Frisco, Jr., Esq., Joanne Frisco Stathoulis, Judge Christopher Frisco, Janine Frisco Poletti, Esq., Craig Frisco and Jacquelyn Frisco Habsburg; sons-in-law: Takis Stathoulis, Thomas Poletti, Esq. and Gregor Habsburg, and along with seven grandchildren: Charles Gianfisco, George Stathoulis, Garryn Laws, Elizabeth Poletti, Esq., Samantha Poletti, Taylor Knudson Frisco and Thomas Poletti, Jr. Rosary will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7:00 p.m., at St. Bruno's Catholic Church, 15740 Citrus Rd., Whittier, Ca. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12:00 p.m., at St. Bruno's Catholic Church. Burial at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery and reception to follow. Risher Mortuary & Cremation Service are Funeral Directors. Please leave the family condolences on our website www.rishermortuary.com. (323) 728-1261.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 24, 2015
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