Angel Hector Predazzi
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Angel Hector Predazzi
  • March 30, 1924 - April 13, 2017
  • Porter Ranch, California

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Angel Hector Predazzi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 30, 1924 to Italian parents, who emigrated from Italy in the early 1900's. He was the middle child of three sons. His mother was the local neighborhood nurse, and his father had an electroplating business. He and his brothers all learned the craft of their father at a young age.
With a desire to do more with his life, at the age of 18, he enrolled in the Air Force, and learned to be a communications operator using Morse code, flying throughout missions in South America. After spending a few years in basic training, he returned to Buenos Aires where he met his wife, Elsa Dora Mendez, shortly thereafter. They were married on January 8, 1949, and had their first daughter, Adriana Cristina, on December 14, 1949. Their second daughter, Monica Susana, was born in 1952.
During the 1950s, he worked for the Argentine Ministry of Defense as a communications specialist. Aside from his military career that spanned over 20 years of service, he was also very entrepreneurial. He established a small business manufacturing vacuum-tube televisions in the early 1950s, when televisions first arrived and became popular, selling them out of a storefront business in front of his house, which was run by his wife, Elsa.
Even though the Predazzi's made a good living and lived a middle-class life, In the early 1960s, realizing that the Argentine economy was in disarray and going downhill, he decided to pick up roots and start anew in the United States. In January 1964, he arrived in Los Angeles, CA with his family, and never looked back. He took his experience with electronics, and started working at a TV repair shop. That soon led to him working for Packard Bell, at their service warehouse, where he quickly progressed as one of their lead techs. From there, he went to work at MGM studios laboratories, as a technician for their film processing machines. He was there for 17 years.
Never staying still for long, upon retiring from MGM Studios in 1981, he opened a new business, "Only One Hour Foto", a relatively new technology at that time, which he saw while on vacation in Canada in 1980. Together, with his wife, daughter Adriana, and his sister-in-law, they ran a successful business until their retirement in 1993.
Angel and Elsa loved to travel and visited many countries in their lifetime: Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, and of course, several visits to Argentina to visit family and friends. He lived his life "his way", and enjoyed every minute of it. He loved gardening, entertaining guests, and cooking. He passed away peacefully at home on April 13, with his daughter, Monica, by his side.
Angel is survived by his daughter, Monica Florian; son-in-law, Victor Florian; grandson, Brandon Predazzi Florian; brother, Norberto Predazzi; and many cousins, nieces and nephews in Italy and Argentina.