April 6, 1916 – July 8, 2018
Lindo Giacopuzzi, last surviving member of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Gangster Squad and longtime San Fernando Valley resident died peacefully at his Tarzana home surrounded by his loving family. He was 102.
Lindo was born and spent his early years in El Sereno, CA. The only male and last of six children of an immigrant Italian family, he was named “Lindo”, Italian for “beautiful”. In 1923, his parents John and Rose (Dal-Mas) Giacopuzzi purchased land in Canoga Park to start the Giacopuzzi dairy. The iconic dairy, a landmark for many generations of Valley residents is now the site of Giacopuzzi Plaza on the corner of Van Owen St. and Corbin Ave. As he worked at the dairy, alongside his parents and sisters Marie, Allenta, Palma, Nellie and Erma, Lindo played football for Owensmouth High School, now Canoga Park High, where he met his wife Phyllis Jane Dolan. He graduated in 1935 and went on to marry Phyllis in 1942.
He and his wife settled in Reseda, and raised three children, Joanne, Sandra and John. For the remainder of his life, he lived in the San Fernando Valley.
As a young man, Lindo Giacopuzzi joined the LAPD in 1942. When World War II broke out he served in the U.S. Coast Guard until 1945 when he returned to the LAPD. In 1947, he was recruited for the Gangster Squad primarily due to his ability to speak fluent Italian. Lindo was actively involved in such famous cases as the Black Dahlia and gangster Bugsy Siegel murders. He was also key to the investigation leading to the prosecution and imprisonment of the well-known gangster Mickey Cohen. Lindo retired in 1964 as the West Valley Division watch commander.
Lindo’s compelling story about his experiences during the gangster years in Los Angeles contributed significantly as a contemporaneous account of that period. He was interviewed extensively for the book “Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles” by author and former L.A. Times writer and editor Paul Lieberman. The 2013 Warner Bros. movie “Gangster Squad” was based in part on Liebermans book. In 2016, Lindo Giacopuzzi celebrated his 100th bday and was honored at a ceremony led by Captain Paul Vernon of the West Valley division, as reported by ABC7. According to Vernon: “Lindo is a legend in the LAPD and it was an honor for me to meet him and introduce him to a new generation of LAPD officers”.
During an active retirement, Lindo pursued a wide variety of interests. He enjoyed building his home, breeding and training thoroughbreds, bowling, golfing and gardening. Lindo may be most remembered in his devotion to a large extended family.
Lindo Giacopuzzi is preceded in death by his wife Phyllis and daughters Joanne and Sandra. He is survived by his dearly loved sister Nellie of Burbank, son John of Calabasas, grandchildren Stacy, Tiffany, Kari, Dana, Jamie, Joseph, Rachel and twelve great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Monday, July 16 at 10:30am at the San Fernando Mission 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345.
- John Giacopuzzi, Son
- Joseph Giacopuzzi, Active
- Nicholas Gendian, Active
- Dakota Wilson, Active
- Lucas Brown, Active
- Shane Lotz, Active
- Paul Lotz, Active
- Visitation Sunday, July 15, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, July 16, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, July 16, 2018
- Interment Monday, July 16, 2018
July 15, 2018
Grandpa was always making us laugh. Some of my favorite memories were cooking frozen Stouffer’s lasagna and him thinking I made it from scratch... and when we told Grandpa not to feed the dog (Beary) scraps from dinner anymore because she recently gained 15 pounds and he would still sneak her food and told us “She’s not fat, she’s just got long hair.” And probably my favorite was Grandpa asking me everynight when I got home from work if Jaxon was kicking me and when I was going to stop working because he was concerned for the baby’s safety. But the best was his reaction to learning that Jaxon’s middle name is going to be Lindo and he says, “Why would you do that?” Feeling lucky to have such great memories. All my love to everyone, Amanda
July 14, 2018
Kelly and Madeline Huston
July 13, 2018
To the Entire Giacopuzzi Family,
We all have been fortunate to know Lindo, a pinnacle of the Giacopuzzi family.
He will be remembered endearingly by our entire family.
Heartfelt and caring thoughts
Love Madeleine n Kelly Huston