Anthony (Tony) Sorich passed away on December 23rd, 2023 in Austin, TX. He was 92 years old. Born on April 2nd, 1931, in Chicago, IL, Tony lived a life characterized by hard work, community involvement, and a joyful spirit. Above all, Tony was dedicated to his wife, Pat (Patsy), three sons, John (wife Kim), Greg (wife Ann) and Mike (wife Joy), Grandchildren, Heather, Brittany, Kelly, Noelle and David, and his two great grandchildren, Adalynn and Reagan. He was the enthusiastic parent that cheered the loudest at all the kid's sporting events and tried to catch every moment with his camcorder. Tony was also a favorite Uncle to his many nieces and nephews and a beloved brother to his four siblings..
Tony began his career as a pressman at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and diligently served in this profession until his retirement with the South Bay Daily Breeze. After retiring and the passing of his wife, Pat, Tony moved and embraced the atmosphere of Laguna Woods where he became an integral part of the community.
His involvement with various organizations demonstrated Tony's deep commitment to service. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, where he found fulfillment in contributing to charitable initiatives. Additionally, Tony dedicated his time to the American Foreign Legion and the Chicago Club, investing his energy into meaningful pursuits. In his younger years, Tony enjoyed bowling in a league at the Athletic Club in Cerritos. He was know for his signature left hook!
He will be fondly remembered for his larger-than-life personality. Tony possessed a boisterous voice that could fill any room, and his infectious laugh and smile brought joy to those around him. People gravitated towards his warm and welcoming nature; he had an uncanny ability to make anyone feel comfortable in conversation. With a large circle of friends, Tony left an indelible impression on everyone he met.
One cherished memory captures Tony's jovial spirit. While visiting Tony and Pat's house one day, a family member overheard him preparing for work in exuberant fashion: "I'm a Lean, Mean Fighting Machine!" Upon realizing he had an audience, he blushed but couldn't help but giggle. This lightheartedness reflected Tony's character—he never took himself too seriously.
Tony touched many lives with his unwavering faith. He lived by the motto "GIG" (God is Good), which epitomized his steadfast belief in the power of faith and positivity, and his steadfast love of Jesus and Mary. Even during challenging times, his unwavering optimism inspired those around him.
In addition to his professional and community achievements, Tony proudly served in the United States Air Force as a radio operator during the Korean War. His military service exemplified his dedication to his country and fellow servicemen. It was a testament to his unwavering commitment to something greater than himself.
Outside of his work and community involvement, Tony found personal growth in writing and learning public speaking. He became an enthusiastic member of a Toastmasters Group and this creative outlet allowed him to write and express his innermost thoughts and emotions while leaving a lasting legacy of his artistic spirit.
Tony Sorich will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His memory will be cherished by family, friends, and colleagues alike. The sorrow of his departure is tempered by the knowledge that he lived a life filled with purpose, joy, and devotion.
On February 6th, 2024, a Vigil and Rosary service for Anthony Sorich will be held at the Patriots Chapel in Forest Lawn - Cypress (4471 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630). The viewing will be from 4:00-6PM and conclude with a Prayer Service and Rosary from 6- 8:00 PM.
On February 7th, 2024, a Funeral Mass service will take place at St. Nicholas Catholic Church - 24252 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. A reception will follow immediately for all in the parish hall.
A private internment ceremony will be held for the family, February 7th, 2024 at Forest Lawn, Cypress, CA.
Tony's sister, Helen Sorich, was a Adrian Dominican Sister in Adrian, MI. Through his life, Tony supported the good works and charity of this order. Instead of flowers, donations can be made by using this link.
Anthony Sorich's memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew him. May he rest in peace and may his legacy continue to inspire us all.
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