Tony G. Lopes – Turlock Journal

Tony G. Lopes was born in Hilmar, California to John and Virginia Lopes on December 18, 1938. He lived in Hilmar until he was drafted into the United States Army and became a member of the 101st Airborne.

In 1969, he married the love of his life Jeannie Valle. They have been blessed in so many ways during their 54-year marriage. Beginning their journey together in Turlock where they lived for 10 years, then in 1979 Tony built their dream home in Hilmar. After raising their children they moved back to Turlock and with Tony’s passion for renovation and landscaping as well as Jeannie’s eye for interior design they created the perfect oasis to spend their years retirement together. Tony worked for Aderholt Specialty Co. starting as a union carpenter and working his way up to foreman and superintendent who retired in 2000. He enjoyed the complexity and demands of commercial construction. Tony has led numerous crews along the West Coast to the Midwest. Tony has worked on many Ionic 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 was 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 has brought him the greatest joy apart from his family. He enjoyed training, tinkering around his shop on electric bikes, building lithium batteries, vintage cars, motorcycles, buggies or anything with a motor. He was a loving man who thrived on hard work and lived life to the fullest. He has framed and influenced the lives of many people. Tony is survived by his wife, Jeannie Lopes, his daughter Dana Daley (James), his sons Todd Lopes (Lynnette) and Robert Cozine. His brothers John Lopes (Deanna), James Lopes (Linda) and Allen Lopes (Lana). His grandsons Justin Daley (Brian) and Levi Lopes, his great-grandchildren Ethan and Jacob and numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents John and Virginia Lopes and his brother, Richard Lopes.

The memorial service will be held at Allen Mortuary 247 N. Broadway in Turlock on Friday, September 23 at 10:30 a.m. Immediately after, there will be a “Celebration of Tony’s Life” across the street at the Carnegie Arts Center 250 N. Broadway. Memorial contributions may be made to CA Inland Fishery FDTN Inc., or Learning Quest Literacy Program, Memories can be shared at

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