(July 15, 2005) -- Another LB community voice is stilled with the July 12 passing of George Ghiotto, 79, a beloved downtown/west end neighborhood activist and volunteer.
The Rosary will be held on Sunday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m., with funeral on Monday July 18 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church, 600 Olive Ave., Long Beach 90813.
Among those mourning his passing was Margaret Madden of LB's Neighborhood Resource Center. "George was a wonderful, extraordinarily kind man," Ms. Madden told us. "Everyone loved him, and we all miss him terribly."
At the conclusion of the July 12 City Council meeting, 1st district Councilwoman Bonnie Lowenthal paid tribute to Mr. Ghiotto, saying he "personified community service." Councilwoman Lowenthal asked that the Council meeting be adjourned in his memory.
A WWII Army Vet and Purple Heart & Combat Infantry Badge recipient, Mr. Ghiotto was a tireless volunteer for multiple LB causes. Among other things, he collected toys for the children at womens' shelters, volunteered for twelve years at the Senior Center and is a past president of the West End Community Association (WECA).
He was an active member and, until recently, President of St. Vincent de Paul's Knights of Columbus, where following 9/11 he helped raise funds for NYC police and fire personnel and their families.
When asked for a recent newsletter what his biggest blessing was from his volunteer work, Mr. Ghiotto said it was having a city full of so many beautiful and wonderful friends.
Condolence cards may be sent to Mr. Ghiotto's family and friends in care of the Church. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been established in his name. Donations may be sent to St. Anthony Elementary School c/o George Ghiotto Scholarship, St. Anthony Elementary School, 855 E. 5th St., LB 90813.