John Edward Tolosko
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TOLOSKO, JOHN EDWARD John Edward Tolosko, 24, died unexpectedly at his home June 22, 2009. From his earliest days, Mr. Tolosko was driven by his passions - for swimming, cars, restaurants and the hard work of building a business. At age 14, he learned to salvage Mercedes Benz screws from old cars and sell them at a big profit on the Internet. That funded Mr. Tolosko's other interests as he continued through Grossmont High School. Mr. Tolosko was born November 19, 1984, the son of James and Carol Fusco Tolosko. He was on the varsity swim team at Grossmont for four years and maintained a life-long love of animals. He left behind a large group of friends and family that had watched he and his family begin to transform the La Mesa restaurant scene. The latest of five generations that sold candy in the East County, Mr. Tolosko helped design and build Centifonti's Bar and Restaurant and, at the time of his death, was about to open Tortas and More and a new sushi restaurant nearby. "He loved everything about business,'' his mother, Carol Tolosko said. "He was extremely intelligent. He loved life. He loved people. And he knew how to make business work.'' Mr. Tolosko bought classic Mustangs and British Sprites, but was most proud of his contribution to the family's growing restaurant business, which included learning the art of Italian gelato and adding a popular 112-ounce "Das Boot'' full of beer to Centifonti's menu. He is survived by his parents; a sister, Kirsten Tolosko of La Mesa; grandparents Charles and Frances of La Mesa; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Humane Society of San Diego County. A private memorial service is planned.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jul. 3, 2009.