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Mr. Guy LoTurco

Obituary for Mr. Guy LoTurco

October 18, 2018
San Antonio, Texas

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Guy LoTurco was called to the Lord on Thursday, October 18, 2018, in San Antonio. He was a man of strong faith who was devoted to his loving family.
Guy was born in 1940 into a proud second-generation Italian-American family in New Jersey and was given the name Gaetano Salvatore LoTurco. He was baptized into the Catholic Church when he was 18 days old.
He is survived by his wife, Goldie; his daughter, Michelle; his two sons, Dan and Greg; his two beautiful granddaughters; and his sister, Nancy. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Anthony.

He grew up near the Jersey shore and never forgot his roots. He enjoyed planning family trips over the years to enjoy time with family, including his two beloved aunts. He was a regular, generous supporter of the Religious Teachers Filippini in Morristown, New Jersey, where his aunts, Angie and Ida, served as religious nuns for their lifetimes.
Creative to his core, he loved classic Italian opera, the performing arts and had many creative outlets. He was an avid reader, loved caring for plants, and enjoyed decorating the home. He was an enthusiastic bridge player, world traveler, enjoyed a nicely stocked bar, loved following professional sports, especially his San Antonio Spurs, and had an appreciation for many of life's finer things.

As his friends and family know, Guy could always make an entrance. As a young boy, he performed for the USO during WWII playing the accordion and tap dancing. He graduated from Rutgers University with a Business degree, but said one of his favorite elective courses was a music appreciation class, where he developed his love for the fine arts.

Michelle, says he loved music and liked to sing and dance. "He was always gung ho for the Daddy-Daughter dances." she said. "He was a good twirler." "He had his favorite play list before there even were play lists. Johnny Mathis topped the list, and "Mr Bojangles" was on repeat on the family sound system. He loved to sing even though he wasn't good at it. Loved it! He sang loud and proud, especially at Mass." He liked to write songs and wrote a song for the exposition of the host during Divine Mercy devotion service.

Guy has always been interested in sports and physical fitness. As a young man, he was quite the athlete – he played football, basketball and baseball at Highland Park High School. In the city-wide basketball team, everyone wanted to be on the "LoTurco All Stars" because they were winners. As an adult, he was an avid runner in charity 5K and 10K runs. He loved to play golf, even attending a golf safari in South Africa with friends.

You could say Guy was the man with a plan. He followed the life plan he made as a young man to work hard in a successful career, saving and investing wisely, with the goal of retiring early enough to live out a second phase of life devoted to ministry. In recent years, at their annual winter family trip to South Padre, goals for the new year were set, with specific plans made for reaching them.

His plans came to be. After graduating from Rutgers, Guy entered the New Jersey National Guard. Basic training was at Fort Dix, conveniently located next to Monmouth Park, the track where he developed his love for the horses. He was stationed at Fort Knox in Kentucky for tank maneuver training.

His professional career began in the Chrysler Building in New York at Texaco, where he worked until he retired in 1997. He lived in New York, Chicago, Virginia, Houston and Los Angeles. He worked at Texaco as a credit manager for many years, and moved into human resources leading executive management training. He celebrated the birth of his two sons while living in Virginia.

As he matured, Guy developed a more personal faith life, felt a devotion to the Lord and became a prayerful person. Active in the diocese of Galveston/Houston for many years, he served on the Family Life Services team that developed citywide parish-based support groups for separated, divorced and widowed with Father Joel Gromowski, as well as a new ministry program called "New Love, New Life".

Houston is also where he met his wife, Goldie. They married 33 years ago and began their family together in Houston, where Michelle was born. Guy told Goldie that she greatly impacted his commitment to be involved in the church.

His son, Dan, shared his memory of Guy's cooking finesse while in Houston. "Like clockwork, every Friday dinner was linguine with clam sauce and his Saturday specialty was grilling football hamburgers."

After Houston, his final stint at Texaco was in Los Angeles, where he retired. Afterward, he moved with Goldie and Michelle to San Antonio, beginning the last part of his life plan to be active in ministry. He was a person who responded to other's concerns and very naturally had the desire to determine the best way to help people according to their need.

He has been a member of the Northside Lion's Club for many years, has served as an officer and enjoyed being a part of their blood drive and assisting with their charity golf tournaments.

He and Goldie also became active members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church as soon as they settled into Stone Oak. They also enjoyed attending the symphony, traveling to his ancestral home in Sicily and their regular bridge games with precious friends.

In 2000, he was recognized by The First Baptist Church in San Antonio for his outstanding work given in love and concern for the homeless and less fortunate at their MANNA project, which served meals to the homeless downtown. That same year, at Holy Trinity, he developed the SON project and recruited parish volunteers to overwhelming response to Serve Others Now in the name of Jesus. They prepared a hot meal for San Antonio's downtown homeless on Sunday mornings and preached God's Word.

In 2007, he was ordained as a Deacon at Holy Trinity, serving the parish for more than 10 years. Guy enjoyed preparing Sunday homilies and performing baptisms. He served as ACTS spiritual director and assisted in bringing the Benediction of the Divine Mercy to the parish.

Final services for Guy will all take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 20523 Huebner Road. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 24 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. followed by a Rosary. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 25.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at themmrf.org, to Mayo Clinic-Cancer Research at philanthropy.mayoclinic.org, or to ThriveWell at thrivewell.org.

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