Tony G. Lopes was born on December 18, 1938 in Hilmar, California to John and Virginia Lopes. He lived in Hilmar until he was drafted into the US Army and enlisted in the 101st Airborne.
In 1969 he married the love of his life, Jeannie Valle. They have been blessed in many ways throughout their 54-year marriage. Their journey together started in Turlock where they lived for 10 years, then in 1979 Tony built their dream family home in Hilmar. After raising their children they moved back to Turlock and using Tony’s passion for remodeling and landscaping together with Jeannie’s eye for interior design created the perfect haven to spend their retirement years together. Tony worked for Aderholt Specialty Co., starting as a union carpenter and working his way up to foreman and superintendent, retiring in 2000. He enjoyed the complexities and demands of commercial construction. Tony led many crews up the West Coast and down into the Midwest. Tony has worked on many Ionian projects over the years; San Francisco Marriott, Sheraton Palace, Lawrence Livermore Lab, SFO Airport, Stanford University, Moscone Center, Bishop Branch, Saks 5th Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Federal Reserve Bank. He has been an active member of the Carpenters Local Union, Striped Bass Association, Kohane Power and Project Kohane. Tony was a man of many hobbies. Fishing on his boat brought him the greatest joy outside of his family. He enjoyed doing sports, tinkering with electric bikes in his shop, building lithium battery packs, vintage cars, motorcycles, beach buggies or anything with a motor. He was a loving man who thrived on hard work and lived life to the fullest. He was a mentor and influenced the lives of many. Tony is survived by his wife Jeannie Lopes, daughter Dana Daley (James), sons Todd Lopes (Lynnette) and Robert Cozine. His brothers John Lopes (Deanna), James Lopes (Linda) and Allen Lopes (Lana). His grandchildren Justin Daley (Brian) and Levi Lopes, great-grandchildren Ethan and Jacob, and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Virginia Lopes, and by his brother, Richard Lopes.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Friday September 23 at the Allen Mortuary at 247 N. Broadway in Turlock. This is followed immediately by a “celebration of Tony’s life” across the street at the Carnegie Arts Center at 250 N. Broadway. Memorial donations can be made to CA Inland Fishery FDTN Inc., CIFFI.org http://ciffi.org/donate-to-ciff or Learning Quest Literacy Program, https://www.lqslc.com/give. Memories can be shared at www.AllenMortuary.com