Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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George B. Toppino, Jr., age 62, passed away on Jan. 6, 2014 after sustaining injuries in a tragic fire in Lake City, Fla. George was born in Key West, Fla. on Nov. 11, 1951 to George B. Toppino Sr. and the late Teada Crescenzo.

Georgie as everyone knew him, attended St. Joseph's Boy School in Key West, Fla., Holy Cross in New Orleans, La., The American Catholic School in Turin, Italy, Key West High School and St. Gregory's Catholic School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Georgie attended the University of Miami and upon leaving worked at the family-owned American Sportsmen's Inn Motel as auditor and assistant manager of the restaurant.

Georgie and his former wife, Theresa Gibb, opened Georgie's, a small bistro in the heart of Key West, Fla. from 1975 until 1978. Georgie was also a volunteer firefighter at the Big Coppitt Fire Station from 1978 to 1979. Upon the restaurant's closing, Georgie went to work for Toppino International in Key West, Fla. and Canale, Italy.

While living in Italy, Georgie was invited by the Alpine rescue team to ski the most difficult trails with them, which was a very high honor.

Georgie had a wonderful sense of humor and could keep a room entertained for hours with the funniest stories.

He was devoted to his mother Teada and comforted her after his brother Roy passed in 2009 and later took care of her during her long illness before she passed last February. Georgie is survived by his children George III and his daughter Jocelyn, his daughter Angela, her fiance Felix Montalvo and their son Brendan, his father George B. Toppino Sr., and his wife Dottie, his sister Lea Toppino and her husband Jeff Jaffee, his uncles Frank and Ed Toppino Sr. and numerous cousins.

The services were held Jan. 31 at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 1010 Windsor Lane, Key West, FL 33040 and will be held at 12 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Rose Hill Cemetery, 1615 Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744. Georgie will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.