1929 - February 4, 2021 Antonio "Tony" Salcido, 91 years old, passed away surrounded by family, after an extended battle with prostate cancer. He was lovingly cared for at home by his wife of 67 years, Bea. He was born at home in Wilmington, one of 14 children. He graduated from Banning High School and then served in the United States Army. After discharge from the Army, he returned home, married and became a Longshoreman, a proud member of ILWU, Local 13. He was a strong union man, fighting for the cause of all workers. Interested in the preservation of the history of the docks and unions, he participated in projects recording the history of the dock workers. After retirement, he remained active in the history projects and union Pensioners. Tony was a family man, father to four children. He was an adventurer, in the early leaner years taking his family on extensive camping trips. In the various cars with the trailer attached, the family explored the West, taking roads less travelled. Over the years, various "extras" came along, whose tales of camp fun led many Wilmington families to come join the camping adventures. This resulted in many lifelong campers, who all share memories of starting with Tony and Bea. He also started his family backpacking before it was popular. For many years, Tony and Bea would head into the Sierras with the whole family, starting when the youngest child was not yet 4 years old. In later years, Tony and Bea became world travelers. Prior to the internet, Tony relied on Bea as his travel agent and she arranged many fabulous trips. They travelled Europe extensively, even camping. They also went to farther flung places such as China, Africa, Australia/New Zealand and India. Tony loved trying to speak the local languages, to the delight of the strangers he met. He loved straying away from the "tourist" areas and getting to know the "real" people and places. Tony, in addition to raising his own family, believed in community. He spent years as a volunteer basketball and baseball coach. He believed in inclusiveness, no one on his team "warmed the bench" and kids of all levels were welcomed. Despite this, his teams were winners. At the end of the season, as "trophy" for a winning season, Tony and Bea took the teams on camping trips, something unique for many of the kids. In addition to his wife, Tony is survived by his four children and their spouses: Thomas, David, Alice (Greg) and Vincent (Margie); grandchildren: Michael, Anthony (Bjoarne), Cecily, Grace, and Vincent; great grandchildren Amara and Yaritzah; siblings, Elena, Sofia, Charlotte, Ned, and Henry; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Eileen, who was like a second daughter. Remembrances to California State University Northridge, The Urban Archives Center (where Tony volunteered to catalog the archives of ILWU Local 13).
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Feb. 13, 2021.