Ante Butorovic
1939 - 2020
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December 14, 1939 - April 14, 2020 We are saddened to announce the passing of Ante Butorovic, 80, of Rancho Palos Verdes, on April 14, 2020. Ante was born December 14, 1939 on the island of Vis, Croatia to Petar and Katica Butorovic. In search of the American dream, in 1956 Ante immigrated to the United States and settled in San Pedro. The following day his cousin Lucy took him to a dance at the Dalmatian American Club where she introduced him to the love of his life, Martina, telling her there was a bit of a language barrier but that he was a good dancer. That dance happily continued through their marriage of over 56 years. Ante worked as a commercial fisherman, a mechanic in the shipyards and on the tug boats in the harbor. Ante had a passion for planes, boats and cars... lots of cars. But his greatest passion was life itself. Ante lived life to the fullest and was happiest when he was with his beloved Martina surrounded by family and friends enjoying all that life had to offer. True to his Dalmatian roots, Ante loved the sea and was never far from the water. Together he and Martina cruised the oceans of the world with their dear friends. He also took great joy in visiting Martina's family in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Ante is survived by his loving wife, Martina; sister Dobrilla (Vinko) Fadic and nephews Jurica and Pero of Vis, Croatia; many cousins, family members, godchildren and close family friends he considered family. Ante was preceded in death by his parents and brother Steve. Special thanks to Julie (Anthony) DiTucci and Cindy (Vince) Pirozzi, and their grandparents, Jakov and Antica (Butorovic) Radisic, who cared for him when he arrived in San Pedro. A very heartfelt thank you to his caregivers at Sea Breeze Residential Care Home. You all were a blessing and we know Ante touched your hearts as you did his. Due to the current gathering restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Ante to The Parkinson's Foundation ( or the Dalmatian American Club Scholarship Fund. Green Hills Mortuary

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Apr. 25, 2020.
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May 2, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Martina. My mom used to speak so fondly of Ante and Martina. Thoughts and prayers of comfort to you. Sinfie ( Annette Espino's daughter)
April 28, 2020
Dear Martina, I was so sorry to hear that Ante passed away. I will miss his kind spirit and his warm smile that was always present when greeting me and all of his friends. Please know that Ante and you are both in my prayers and that my wife Denice and our children, Kyle and Katija would also like to extend their condolences to you. God bless you.
Jack Baric
April 28, 2020
Dear Martina:
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Ante. You are always in our thought and prayers, that God will grant you peace and strength at this difficult time.
Love your friends Lenko and Angelka Baric and family.
Leonard & Angelka Baric
April 27, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Martina and his family, Ante was especial good friend, we travel many times and we have very good memories of enjoyment we will miss him dearly and our heart will always be with the memory of the moments lived
Luis and Rosa Gutierrez
April 25, 2020
Ante, or Tony, was a special friend and neighbor to us. He always had that same smile and a happy hello everyday. He really enjoyed his life with his love, Martina. We send our deepest sympathies to Martina and his family. We will miss him and feel special to have him as our friend.
Art, Gwen and Alan
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Brock
April 25, 2020
Art, Alan and I send our deepest sympathies. Tony was a fun and happy neighbor. Always smiling and saying hello. We will miss him and wish Martina lots of love.

Art, Gwen and Alan Brock
April 25, 2020
Dear Martina,

To you and your whole family my sincere and deepest sympathy on Ante's passing. You both touched my life at a pretty young age and left an impression that will last a lifetime. Oh how I loved to see Ante's smile; so genuine and so heart felt. Ante my dear friend, thank you for such happy & wonderful memories. It has been a long time since we saw each other,and that makes me so sad, but my love for you will always be there. May you rest in everlasting Peace. Dear Martina, may you be comforted with abundance of loving memories and love you two shared that is second to none. I am so very sorry for your loss!

With much love!
Nada Vuksic
April 25, 2020
Ante was a very special friend. My deepest sympathy to Martina.
Andy Simon
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