OBITUARY

Tony Poletti

April 8, 1976May 7, 2018
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April 8, 1976 – May 7, 2018 Anthony “Tony” Joseph Poletti unexpectedly passed away on May 7, 2018 at the age of 42 in Los Angeles, CA. Tony was a loving soul who would give of himself unconditionally. Whether it be helping to find a great new restaurant (which he would gladly introduce you to himself), providing a TV show or movie recommendation (specializing in anime), or assisting with advice on the latest technology, he was always there to lend a hand while sharing his warm, gentle smile and instantly endearing laugh. Tony worked at Paramount Pictures Corporation for 13 years as a Senior Technical Analyst supporting the backlot and corporate groups, and was recently promoted into World Wide Technical Operations as a Manager of Content Security. He impacted many lives there not just through his work, but through his generous and loving spirit. Tony leaves behind his loving wife, Laura (Simmons) Poletti, dog, Murphy and cat, Ripley. He and Laura were together since 2013 and were inseparable since the day they met. It was truly love at first sight – a shared immediate connection typically only dreamt of on the big screen. Other surviving family: father, Claude Poletti, step-mother, Cheryl (Abbas) Poletti, mother, So Thi Poletti; siblings, Amy Poletti and Claude Poletti Jr.; foster brothers, Ahn (Joseph) Hung, Hung Nguyen, Khanh Nguyen, Tuan Nguyen, Dat Nguyen, and Khanh Le. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 14th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm followed by the Funeral Service on Tuesday, May 15th at 1:00 pm at Gates, Kingsley & Gates Smith Salsbury in Culver City, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Poletti Family Fund at https://www.gofundme.com/poletti. Reflections and stories of Tony that you would like to share with Tony’s wife and closest friends can be emailed to TalesAndTributesToTony@gmail.com.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, May 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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Aunt Ellen & Uncle Bob Barning

May 12, 2018

We thought of Tony often over the past years since he left and recall many fond memories of happy family times. Even though so much time had gone by since we had seen him, we were glad he found happiness in California with good friends and a wife who loved him. We hope he never forgot us and he knows that he was loved and will be very sadly missed.

Sarah Poletti-Laforet

May 11, 2018

Tony is my cousin. Me, my brothers and Tony were really close as children. Growing up in the same subdivision, taking karate together, riding big wheels, etc. I remember how mad he would get when I would call him Tony Bologna! Tony never would call me by name - it was always cuz or Lil cuz.
We grew apart as we got older, families divorced and moved away. I would always get excited when Tony would actually show up at a Christmas function - it was few and far between.
I wish we were able to reconnect as we got older. I miss him dearly and my heart breaks for everyone, especially Laura!
I Love you Tony Bologna- you will be missed!

Sabine Johnson

May 11, 2018

Im so sorry for your loss. Tony was an incredibly thoughtful, kind and wonderful human. He will be dearly missed, but will never be forgotten. I want to share my story of how our friendship took off right from day one.
I was just hired by Paramount Pictures in 2009 (Vancouver, BC) and somehow my email address reflected my maiden name vs my new married name? So I called up IT support ( low and behold it was Tony:)) and asked this guy on the other end of the phone to please change my address. The response I got was not expected. I got a long-winded "really" and he explained how it would be a pain in the butt and to just deal with it. Not in a harsh or rude way, but in a fun and joking about kind of way. So I responded back with the same tone and said, " look, I know nothing about computers and IT, but the whole reason I got married was for a NEW last name". I warned him that I was a "princess" and would probably need a lot of IT support from him in the future. We needed to get along. He laughed. His laughter was genuine, just like everything about Tony. So 10 min later I had a new email address and we were friends ever since. I eventually moved to the LA branch 2010 and was lucky to meet him in person and was happy to be invited into his " foodie club" If it was a lunch away from work or some cocktails and dinner after, we always had a great time. Always laughing! I'm so happy I was lucky enough to be Tony's friend. I'll always be thinking of him.

Sabine Johnson

Ben Stovall

May 8, 2018

This beautiful soul came into my life and changed it forever. Our friendship began over 20 years ago. He didn't even know me, but upon our first meeting he took me into his home when I had no place to go. We were complete strangers, so that might sound crazy, but that's just who he was. I shared so many moments with this man over the years, that I can't conceive of him being gone. I'm heartbroken. I know that those of you who knew him understand what a kind and patient man he was. Kind, but also brutally honest. He was the kind of person who could tell you to go to hell and make you happy to be on your way. He was my brother. A light in the darkness. He was so real and pure and honest. I've never known the kind of friendship he gave me and I don't believe I will again, but I'm grateful to have known him for even the briefest of times. I'm proud that he called me his best friend, because he surely was mine.

In the attached photo, Tony was there for the birth of my firstborn son, William Austin Stovall. He was his Godfather and his friend.

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