1944 - September 11, 2020
Don Mazzone passed away on September 11, 2020. Don was Past President of the GGSCT from 1997 - 1998. Don was Operations Manager at Fuller-O'Brien and ran Western Equipment Company for many years. There is no information on a memorial or ceremony at this time.
Anthony Sam Rumfola
January 27, 1927 - January 15, 2021
Anthony, also known as Tony, a member of the Greatest Generation, passed away peacefully at his home January 15, 2021 just 12 days shy of his 94th birthday.
Tony was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be missed dearly by all. He and his first wife Catherine had 6 children, Jack (Carrie), Patricia (Bob), Sam (Bev), Cathy (Ted), Mark (Kathryn), & Dana (Gary). His wife Catherine preceded him in death in 1986 and his eldest son Jack preceded him in death 2019. He married his loving wife Bonnie, who came with 3 adult children, Jim (Carol), Kathy, Joni (Rich) whom he considered his children as well. Together they had a total of 25 grandchildren & 30 great-grandchildren.
Tony and his sister Rosalie, whom he adored, were born to Lottie & Jack Rumfola in Houston, Texas where he grew up. He attended St. Thomas High School. In his senior year of high school he graduated early so that he could enlist into the Navy. He was so worried that he would miss the opportunity to defend his wonderful country in WW 2. After the end of the war he returned to Houston to finish his education at the University of Houston.
Tony started his career in the chemical industry while attending night school & starting a family. His first job in the chemical industry was with Shell Chemical Company in Houston. While working for the National Lead Company he was transferred to Dallas, TX for two years before being transferred to the Los Angeles area in 1961. He was hired by ET Horn Co. in 1965, a chemical distribution company. After 10 years he decided to start his own chemical distribution company, TCR Industries Inc., which still operates today as an ESOP, employee owned company.
Tony was the past president of the SCPCA, "Southern California Paint Coatings Association" in 1980-1981 and again in 1986-1987. During his first term, he was also the Chair of the Biennial Symposium, where he set the record for the Cal Poly Scholarship fund, somewhere around a $32,000 contribution. Tony made sure his company participated in every event that the LASCT has had in the last 40 years or more, supported the Western Coatings Symposium, and provided many donations to the Cal Poly SLO program.
He received the LASCT Honorary Member award and the Outstanding Service award recipient. Tony was also awarded the West Coast Societies Samson-Adler Distinguished Service Award in 2014.
Among the Houston, Dallas, and Los Angeles Coatings Societies he was an active member for approximately 65 years.
Tony was a long time sponsor of the GGSCT / TCR Old Timers Luncheon. While the GGSCT would say it was a TCR sponsored event, it was really Tony personally who made sure the retirees and their sponsors enjoyed a reunion lunch every summer. After his passing the GGSCT has permanently renamed the event to the Tony Rumfola Old Timers Luncheon.
Tony grew up loving the game of golf & continued to play until the age of 87. He and his loving wife Bonnie were inseparable, they enjoyed years of traveling, golfing and making time for their beloved dogs. He truly loved being with family and his many friends.
Each day he & his loving wife enjoyed “happy hour” always toasting “luv ya darlin” to their family, friends & dogs that had passed away.
A Celebration of life will be held this summer once it is safe to hold large gatherings, Details to follow
In lieu of flowers, the Family is requesting donations be made to Wounded Warrior Project.
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.