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UPDATE: Memorial Set for Restaurateur Tony Carbonara

The owner of Carbonara Trattoria died Thursday, failing to wake from a medically-induced coma.

Memorial services have been set for beloved local restaurateur Tony Carbonara.

Rosary and viewing hours will be Monday from 4 to 9 p.m., while the mass will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday -- both at Our Lady of Fatima Church.

A private internment will follow the mass, and then the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens will host an open house and remembrance from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Downtown Business Association web site.

Carbonara's friends and family ask people to refrain from sending flowers and instead hold their contributions until a specific charitable cause is set up in Tony's name. More information to come.

From Jan. 25:

A well-known San Clemente restaurateur and philanthropist succumbed to a stroke the evening of Jan. 24, failing to wake from a medically-induced coma.

Tony Carbonara, 59, suffered the massive stroke, collapsing at the Valero gas station the morning of Jan. 23.

Those close to Carbonara said he was surrounded by friends and family as doctors took him off life support. They then celebrated his life at his iconic Carbonara Trattoria restaurant on Avenida Del Mar.

He was well known as a caterer and was heavily involved in local charities and organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs, Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean Festival, among others.

San Clemente Mayor Bob Baker spoke fondly of him in an email to Patch Friday:

Tony Carbonara was an institution in San Clemente. If there was a civic event or fundraiser, everyone knew they could count on Carbonara’s to go above and beyond. I was proud to call him a friend; and his many friends are going to miss him dearly.

Sincerest condolences go out to the Carbonara family from the Baker family and from all the residents of San Clemente.

It’s a sad day for all of San Clemente.

Read the Orange County Register's obituary with dozens of fond remembrances here.

What is your favorite memory of Tony Carbonara? Tell us in the comments.

Tom Marshall January 26, 2013 at 08:20 PM
God must have been hungry or he wouldn't have sent for Tony so soon. I got to know Tony when I worked at Casa Romantica. He was always there for us no matter what we needed. One night he even rounded-up 70 canolli for us at the last minute for a performance on Italian music. He was also a guiding force for Casa's annual fundraiser. He was not only a gentleman with a great sense of humor, but a fellow Chicago transplant. He will be greatly missed.
Adam Townsend January 28, 2013 at 03:25 PM
By James Eckel from SC Patch's Facebook Page: Tony Carbonara was SAN CLEMENTE. if ever there were an irreplaceable person, TONY was that person to San Clemente. I will remember fondly his great and funny stories about the life he led and the many joys he put into other people's lives. If one's life is judged by the final words of the Beatles' Abbey Road Album .. that the love you take is equal to the love you make, then you may rival Tony, but NEVER overcome him. God Bless you my SC Downtown friend.
Glenn Brosche January 29, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I have known Tony for a number of years - of course he had the restaurant and provided catering throughout San Clemente in support of all the different charities - but he was even more than that, he was the warmest man you would ever want to meet. No matter how your day was going when you saw Tony you just knew it was going to get a whole lot better - Tony had a rare quality about him and it was his compassion for his fellow man - your grace Tony will be missed by all of us.
Jennifer Fitzpatrick January 29, 2013 at 09:08 PM
I was fortunate enough to meet Tony and Mary on several occasions while eating at Carbonara's. He was always so welcoming and treated everyone like his personal guest of honor. Even though Tony was Italian, his wife Mary was Irish. Being Irish, I would talk to Mary every time I went in there and took my parents to meet them both. They were both so gracious and charming. San Clemente won't be the same. Mary, I so sorry for your loss. I hope God consoles you and your family at this most difficult time. God Bless
John Smith November 26, 2013 at 06:35 PM
my name is peter gervasi. me and my family all knew tony and his family personally. hell,i even worked at the restaurant off and on for a while. my deepest sympathies and love to the whole family. mary,it was so nice seeing you after all those years. i love all you guys. hello vito. take care paison.ciao,,pietro gervasi

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