Anton Calleia, a Los Angeles Metropolis Corridor aide for almost 1 / 4 of a century, died at his Carlsbad dwelling of coronary heart failure. He was 90 years previous.
Calleia, who died Aug. 31, was an affiliate of former L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley and served as a consultant for the 1984 Olympic Video games. He was born in Malta and survived the Nazi bombing of the Mediterranean island throughout World Struggle II earlier than immigrating to Los Angeles when he was a young person. He attended College Excessive College, Santa Monica Metropolis School and Cal State L.A., ultimately graduating with a journalism diploma. Earlier than going to varsity, he served within the U.S. Military for 2 years and was stationed in Germany.
He wrote for the Westside part of the Los Angeles Instances, the Santa Monica Night Outlook and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. He additionally labored as a volunteer in President Kennedy’s 1960 marketing campaign and as an administrative aide to Councilman Marvin Braude. He then volunteered for Bradley, who was working for mayor.
Calleia served in varied Metropolis Corridor funds, administration and administrative roles. He was the liaison for the 1984 Olympics, serving because the official metropolis consultant who signed Olympic Video games contracts.
“I believe a substantial amount of success in life is determined by being in the suitable place on the proper time or with the ability to acknowledge a chance when it presents itself,” he mentioned in a 1973 interview with The Los Angeles Instances. “In my case, in my youth, I’d by no means have dreamed that some day I’d be govt assistant to the mayor of Los Angeles.”
In his free time, Calleia constructed Meccano erector set fashions and made fashions of army gear, bridges and equipment. He volunteered as an editor of the Meccano lovers’ worldwide publication.
Calleia is survived by his spouse, Sheila; daughters Victoria Bunce and Maria Calleia; and granddaughter Sam.
Maria Celleia was in Portland together with her sister when she discovered the information of her father’s passing and drove again to Carlsbad to be together with her mom.
“He at all times mentioned that we by no means know what’s gonna be our final day,” she mentioned in an interview with The Instances. “He actually loved each dawn and each sundown. He was very dedicated to my mother. They had been married greater than 62 years and he was a extremely nice man.”