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DeYoung Memorial Chapel

601 N California St, Stockton, CA

OBITUARY

Tony Moreira

June 21, 1926November 12, 2019
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Tony (Antonio) Moreira passed away peacefully at the age of 93 after a short illness. Tony was born on June 21, 1926 to Antonio and Carma Moreira. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Avelino (Avie) and Joey, his first wife Ginger and his grandson Joey Pinasco.

Tony was a lifelong resident of Stockton who attended Edison High School. He left high school to join the army. Upon return to Stockton, he graduated from Stockton High School and attended UOP and Humphrey’s College where he received a degree in Commercial Science.

Tony married his first love, Virginia Nix and they were happily married for 43 years.

Tony was a local businessman who owned and operated Hank and Tony’s Builder’s Supply for 50 years. He was an active member of many local organizations: American Legion, Stockton Chamber of Commerce, Ambler’s Club, Stockton Elks BPOE Lodge 218 and the Portuguese Hall. Tony loved jazz music and he met his future wife, Delores, at a jazz festival. They married in 1999 and spent many happy years together.

Tony was a wonderful man who enjoyed spending time with family, listening to jazz music and investing in the stock market. He led by example, but never preached. He always put his family first and helped them in many ways.

Tony leaves a void in the lives of his son David (Shelly), daughters Kimberly Spalding and Toni Pinasco; step daughter Theresa Valente; as well as his grandchildren Adam Rimington, Brande (Jeff) Voss, Carrie (Daniel) Sulak, Adriana (John) Lewis, Virginia (Joey) Petersen and Michelle Pinasco and his 9 great grandchildren. We are all forever grateful to have had Tony for 93 years. He has left a legacy in this world and in our hearts.

A public visitation will be held at DeYoung Memorial Chapel on Tues., Nov. 19 from 4 PM- 6 PM with a Rosary at 6 PM. The funeral will be held on Wed., Nov. 20 at 10 AM at DeYoung Memorial Chapel, 601 N. California St. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Stockton Elks Lodge, 8900 Thornton Road, at noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary’s Dining Room, 545 W. Sonora St., Stockton, CA 95203.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bob Lapenta, Pallbearer
  • Tyler Voss, Pallbearer
  • Trevor Voss, Pallbearer
  • Adam Rimington, Pallbearer
  • John Lewis, Pallbearer
  • Joey Petersen, Pallbearer

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Rosary Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Chapel Service Wednesday, November 20, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Final Resting Place

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Biography

Tony was born in Stockton, Ca and spent the majority of his life there. He was raised by Portuguese immigrants Antonio and Carma Moreira. He had two younger brothers Avelino (Avie) and Joey. He was very proud of his Portuguese Heritage. Tony lived in Boggs Tract and often described his family as being very poor, he would mention the clothing he wore that was given to him by the government and how he was embarrassed when he was at school, because he would get made fun of. His father was a fisherman and his mother and the boys raised chickens and rabbits for food. He had after school jobs to help the family. He sold Liberty Magazine on the street for 5 cents, he worked at a Bakery on Market St. where he did cleaning, and he also had a paper route for the Examiner. When he was only 12 years old his father died and he took on the responsibility of caring for his mother and his brothers. Tony attended Edison High School where he played football and baseball. He left High School early to enroll in the Army. He was chosen for the Air Corp where he was stationed in Denver Colorado and worked as a Radar operator. He was transferred to Madison Minnesota where he said it was way too cold so he volunteered to go to Texas, which he said was a big mistake, he said he trained for the infantry there but they lived like dogs. He was then transferred again and boarded a train not knowing where he was going and they started playing ‘California Here I Come”... He was excited to be going home. He ended up in Pittsburg, CA. While there he hitch-hiked home every night. While Tony was in the Army he sent all of his money home to his mother and brothers but unfortunately while he was gone his mother passed away. This was the one thing he always felt bad about. After he was discharged from the Army he joined the Merchant Marines for work and traveled the world, he went to Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Tanzania, Hawaii and then back to Japan. When he came back home he worked for Mariani’s Men’s Store. This is where he learned to dress with style. He met the love of his life Virginia Nix (Ginger) in downtown Stockton.They often spoke of the fun they had when Stockton was just a small town and they would go to the dance clubs around town. They married and began their life together. Tony & Ginger were married 43 years and raised 3 children David, Kimberly, and Toni Lee. The family spent many summers camping in the Sierra’s where Tony spent the days fishing with David and then later his grandson Adam. He loved the water. Whether it be fishing in the mountains, boating in the Delta or fishing trips to Alaska it was a lifelong hobby that he enjoyed. Another thing Tony loved to do was gamble. He had his Keno numbers that he always played and actually won with those numbers more than a few times. His love of gambling also showed in his investments in the stock market and many business ventures. He was never afraid to take chances. Tony attended UOP where Ginger helped him with his classes especially those he wasn’t interested in like Art and English. He decided he was more interested in numbers and that it would be better for him to go into accounting. He then transferred to Humphreys College where he enrolled in business classes and graduated with a degree in Commercial Science. Tony worked as an accountant until he and his partner Hank Ratto opened Hank and Tony’s Builder’s Supply. Tony ran this successful business for almost 50 years. Ginger passed away at 64 years old which devastated Tony. They led a full life with many friends and were very social, so after her passing Tony tried to fill his time with new things. He soon started following Jazz Music events which is where he met his future wife Delores. They married and enjoyed 20 happy years together. They both shared a love of dancing and jazz music. The best way to describe Tony is to say he was young at heart because that’s exactly what he was. Tony was the only 93 year old I know that was still driving, had an iPhone, and used it to check his stocks daily. He was a determined, hard-working and self-made man. He rose above his circumstances to build a life he was proud of. He was involved in many local clubs and organizations in the Stockton community. He always told us that we need to enjoy life and to strive to have a balance between work and fun. He showed us how to do that by his example. He enjoyed the simple things in life and was happy as long as he had his VO and water, his jazz music, a football, or baseball game, a golf tournament, or an Old Movie to watch. Being a gambler at heart he recently added watching and betting on Nascar Racing to his favorite things to do. Tony was always there to offer encouragement or advice. He was always our biggest cheerleader. To say he was proud of all of us is an understatement. We will always be grateful for his unconditional love and generosity and we will all carry him in our hearts forever. We know he has been reunited with so many of his loved ones, and we are sure he is up there flying high with Ginger and Joey. Heaven has gained another one of the greats. Thank you Tony for all you have done.. we will miss you until we meet again.