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Sestito, Anthony

abs Sestito, Anthony B. Tony was born on 10-15-1928 in Utica, New York to Italian immigrant parents: Dominick & Giovanna (Jenny) Sestito. He lost a ten year battle with colon cancer on 10-1-2014 in his home in Fair Oaks surrounded by family and friends who loved him dearly. He was preceded in death by his son Robert J. Sestito and his parents. He survived by his loving wife Barbara, his former wife JoAnn Latta, sons Ron (Pam), John (Cindy), and Joey (Charlotte), grandchildren Stacie Pradie (Darrin), Jason Sestito (Amber), Bobbie Sestito (Erica), Dominic Sestito and Meredith Sestito, great grandchildren, Laura Pradie, Caroline Hope Pradie, Isabella Sestito, Kaylie Sestito, Page Sestito and Natalie Sestito. At the age of 6 weeks, his family relocated to Sacramento and he grew up with his brother (Joe) and two sisters (Rose & Rosalie) in Curtis Park. He was in the McClatchy High School class of 1947 but left in his senior year to join the Army Air Force. He was stationed in Japan, with the 5th Army for two years and was in Hiroshima and saw the devastation of the atomic bomb. He played football for the 5th Army and played in the Rice Bowl in 1947-48. Tony was a certified locomotive engineer and worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad running trains over the Sierra Nevada's for many years. He was also a Deputy Sheriff for Sacramento County, a Janitorial Contractor and a business owner until his retirement. He was an avid collector of clowns, carousel animals and circus memorabilia and he planned to set up a working carousel in his yard. He was also a lifetime car buff and owned and showed his 1947 Cadillac Convertible and his 1923 T- Bucket Roadster in many events. In his spare time he loved to train and race horses, water ski and other water sports. For the last twenty-five years, Tony has been a community volunteer as President of the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival. Through his leadership the Fair Oaks Memorial Amphitheatre was transformed into an exceptional community facility serving the Fair Oaks area with quality performing arts productions. He was the most unlikely person to lead an arts organization. He did not act, sing, dance or do sound or light technology. He just knew how to get things done. He worked with many people and organizations and accomplished many things others would not even attempt; it never occurred to him that he could not do something. He was especially grateful for the help of his long-time friends, Fred & Pat Anderson (Pacific Supply) and the cooperation of the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District in accomplishing his projects. He was a proud honorary member of the Fair Oaks Rotary. He touched so many people and tried to make a difference to help people in need. He loved his family unconditionally and his friends were his family too. He leaves big shoes to fill, he will be greatly missed. Services: Viewing from 4-7pm on Friday Oct 10 at Russ Monroe's Funeral Home, 7960 Winding Way, Fair Oaks; Rosary at 7pm Oct. 10 also at Russ Monroe's. Funeral Service on Saturday Oct. 11 at 11am at St. Mel's Church, 4745 Pennsylvania Ave, Fair Oaks. Interment at Fair Oaks Cemetery, immediately after the service. Donations in Tony's name can be made to the Fair Oaks Theater Festival Building Fund, P.O. Box 1231, Fair Oaks, CA. 95628.

 

Mortuary: Russ Monroe's Funeral Home

Florist: Sherwood Florist