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Robert Eugene Tocalino
July 3, 1932 – September 2, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce Robert Eugene Tocalino passed away peacefully on September 2, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was 86 years old.
Known as Bob to his family and friends, his was a life that straddled a World War and the rise of the internet (or as he might have preferred to describe it, car guy that he was, the Ford Model B to the Tesla Model 3). The son of immigrant parents from northern Italy, Bob was born and grew up in Modesto, CA. A graduate of Modesto High School, Bob spent a year at the University of Southern California studying architecture before deciding to enlist in the Armed Forces.
His time in the United States Navy was a period he remembered with great fondness (“the best years of his life”). It was also touched with some of the good fortune he carried with him throughout his life. Amidst the Korean conflict, Bob was assigned to the USS Intrepid on a Mediterranean Tour. With ports of call in Greece, Spain and Italy, it was a tour of duty that was downright enviable. His time on the flight deck cost him a good percentage of his hearing but gave him a lifetime of memories.
Following his discharge, Bob returned to California to work for Modesto Tallow Company, the business started by his father. As the company expanded in the late 1960s, the “confirmed bachelor” moved to Sacramento to open a new plant. It was here that he re-connected with Patricia Talley, who he had previously met in classes at Modesto Junior College, and her two daughters Monica and Kristi. The two married on June 15, 1968 and celebrated the milestone of their 50th anniversary this year. They had two additional children, Trisa Marie in 1969 and Robert Augustus in 1972.
To house his expanding family, Bob designed and built one of the first houses in Country Club Estates in rural Elk Grove, on the 17 th green of Valley Hi Country Club. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed frequent rounds of golf followed by games of pinochle, gin rummy and the occasional cocktail in the men’s lounge. He also was a creative man and was prolific in his creations; custom golf carts, car restorations, metal work to adorn his home as well as photography in his personal darkroom were just a few of the things he used his talents for.
Retirement took Bob to Incline Village, and later Reno, Nevada where he and Pat enjoyed a rich 20-year second honeymoon of golf, friends and travel. He and Pat also were able to escape from the snow and spent many winters golfing together in Palm Desert. Both during the time in Nevada, as well as after returning to Elk Grove in 2010, he derived some of his greatest joy from the time he spent being Bapa and Papa to his precious grandkids and great-grandkids. Bob will be remembered by those who knew him first and foremost for his love of family, as well as his love of dogs, golf and automobiles (the faster the better). His kind, watchful demeanor was coupled to a sharp-elbowed sense of humor and a patient
spirit. If silence is golden, then he was gilded through and through.
Bob is survived by his wife Patricia Ann of Elk Grove, his daughter Trisa Summers (Brad) of Scottsdale, his son Robert Tocalino (Erin) of Sacramento; Pat’s daughters Monica Mitchell (Greg) and Kristi Peck (Ron) both of Elk Grove who he lovingly raised as his own; his grandchildren Rochelle Garcia (Jesse) of Roseville, Katie Peck of Elk Grove, Cameron Peck of Sacramento, Rylie and Macey Summers of Scottsdale, August and Beatrice Tocalino of Sacramento; his great grandchildren Presley and Jaxon Garcia of Roseville; and his sister Eleanor Tocalino, of Modesto.
Bob will be interred in a private ceremony at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA, not far from the rendering plant he ran for many years, Florin Tallow Company. A celebration of his life will be held at Valley Hi Country Club on Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In honor of his love of dogs and “the best years of his life”, donations in his memory can be
made to the entities listed below: