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Theodore Puntillo

Theodore Frank Puntillo (Ted Sr.), 90 years of age, born in Staten Island, New York on April 8, 1920 to Eugene and Ida Puntillo, had five brothers and three sisters. Ted passed away peacefully surrounded by family on September 1, 2010 at Sutter West Hospital in Davis. Ted is survived by his two sons, Ted Puntillo Jr. of Davis and Ed Puntillo of Sacramento, his daughters-in-law Beth, Sherry and Joyce Puntillo, his grandchildren, Sara and Brian Hamm, April and Andrew Wallace, Sadie Puntillo, Elizabeth Schrieber, Lindsey Richter, and great grandchildren Noah Hamm, Jackson Wallace, Alex and Olivia Schrieber. Ted joined the Army Air Corps and served in WWII from 1942 to 1945. He married the love of his life Mary Frances Grindell in Santa Monica in 1945, where they had their two wonderful sons Ted Jr. and Ed Puntillo. After 52 years of marriage, Mary passed in 1996 and Ted moved in with his son Ted Jr. and family, and lived in Davis for the last 12 years. Ted spent the first part of his 40-year painter/contractor career working on homes in the Los Angeles area, servicing the homes of celebrities before moving to the Sacramento area. Ted was a true Renaissance man and artist who created many hundreds of works of art in many mediums. His paintings are on display at the Davis Post Office in the inner and outer lobby featuring scenes from early Davis. He also wrote and illustrated a childrens book (The Toads of Davis) and built the famous Toad Village in Davis at age 80. Ted was a member of the Davis Rotary Club, past Scoutmaster and member of the Knights of Columbus. Ted will be missed by all that knew him. A rosary will be held at Wiscombe Funeral Home 115 D Street, Davis, CA Tuesday, September 7th, at 7:00 PM. A Requiem Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church at 1275 B Street, Davis, CA Wednesday, September 8th, at 10:00 AM. A reception will follow at the St. James Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Davis Rotary Club http://www.rotaryclubofdavis.com.

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Dearest Ted & family, We were sorry to hear of your father passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you and your family be comforted by the many happy memories you have of him. God Bless.

Robert & Cynthia Marsico Sep 12 2010 12:00 AM

Dear Ted and Sherri: We are sorry to hear of the loss of Ted Sr. We always enjoyed our visits with him and especially his delight in great Italian food. We will be sending a memorial to the Rotary Club of Davis. Our greatest respect to you all. Jim and Lois Antonen

James and Lois Antonen Sep 8 2010 12:00 AM

Dear Ted, We miss you at St. Rose's. Things haven't been the same. Monsignor Kavanagh is still around.

Helen Neiger Sep 8 2010 12:00 AM

I truly enjoyed visiting with Mr. Puntillo at my place of work. He was always so sweet and so much fun. I enjoyed helping him in any way I could. He always brought a smile to my face and brightened my day. He will be missed!

Ann Majestic Sep 7 2010 12:00 AM

Ted and his family were cherished friends of our family--ever since Ted Jr. & Ed, and our children were growing up. He was faithful in sending Christmas cards, which I'll miss. He will be missed--always close in spirit.

Louella Urbanczyk Sep 7 2010 12:00 AM


KEN BROWN (W. SAC - 'O1) Sep 7 2010 12:00 AM

Eddie & Teddy....your parents played a major role in my life - growing up on 33rd avenue. They were dear friends to my parents and like family to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as you say goodbye to your Dad and Papa. I'm sure this day must be difficult for you all...I can see Mary's smiling eyes and I know in my heart that they are happy together again.

Mary Fernandez (Anderson) Sep 6 2010 12:00 AM

I was very sorry to hear about Papi's passing. He was someone who always told it like it was. He had a great sense of humour and I enjoyed listening to all his stories. He was a very good man who always treated me kindly and although we only saw each other once in awhile, he always treated me like a long lost friend. The world was better with him it, and he will be missed greatly.

JESSE SARENANA Sep 6 2010 12:00 AM

To Ed, Ted and family Our deepest sympathy from Mike (Tom's brother)and Margie Parilo.

Mike Parilo Sep 6 2010 12:00 AM

I worked with Ted at St Patricks Home for Children and we have become good friends. I purchased many signed Toads of Davis books for my friends children. Also taking my group and grandkids to see his art work at the Davis post office. rest in peace, Ted.

Dixie Quan Sep 6 2010 12:00 AM

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