David Amatisto was 'parent of the year'

DOWNEY - Longtime Downey resident David Amatisto passed away Jan. 15 after a 15-month battle with cancer.He is survived by his wife, Michelle Gil; daughter, Gabrielle Poveda; mother, Aline Amatisto; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Cindy Amatisto; sister and brother-in-law, Jackie and John Zapata; sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Mike Calvert; mother-in-law, Eugenia Gil; father-in-law, Nelson Gil; sister-in-law, Mary Fernandez; brothers-in-law, Nelson S. Gil and Manuel Fernandez; nieces and nephews, Julie Gali, Jessica Gali, Lauren Araya Gil, Justin Fernandez and Nelson I. Gil; and great-nephew, Dylan Taylor. He was predeceased by his father, Luigi Amatisto. David Amatisto was born in Lowell, Mass., on Aug. 10, 1951. He graduated from Pius X High School. Until his diagnosis, Amatisto worked as a customer service specialist at Altman's Winnebago in Carson. Prior to that, he was well-known in the community as a locksmith for Steve's Locksmith Service. Amatisto spent much time gardening and enjoying plumerias. He volunteered at his daughter's school's clubs, functions and organizations. This past July, he and his wife were honored at City Hall after being named "Parents of the Year" by Downey High School. A "Celebration of Life" memorial service will be held at Downey First Christian Church on Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Amatisto enjoyed the ocean and sailing, and as such, he will be buried at sea in a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the American Cancer Society. Supporters can also join "Team Dave Amatisto" at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event in Downey on June 5-6.

********** Published: January 22, 2010 - Volume 8 - Issue 40