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HONORING THE CAREER OF MR. LARRY PISTORESI, SR.; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 20
(Extensions of Remarks - February 06, 2017)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E146] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE CAREER OF MR. LARRY PISTORESI, SR. ______ HON. JIM COSTA of california in the house of representatives Monday, February 6, 2017 Mr. COSTA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and career of Mr. Larry Pistoresi, Sr., lifelong resident and deeply involved community member of Chowchilla. Mr. Pistoresi's unfailing drive to improve his community has been an inspiration to countless others who have crossed his path. His genuine character and love for the people of Chowchilla will be deeply missed by those fortunate enough to have known him. Larry Pistoresi, Sr. was born in Berenda, California and raised in Chowchilla, where he spent his childhood and teenage years attending local schools. After graduating from Chowchilla High School in 1942, Mr. Pistoresi served in the United States Air Force for 3 years, and returned to Chowchilla to work as a car salesman with his father, Pete. After surmounting great success as a car salesman, Mr. Pistoresi eventually joined Pistoresi Chevrolet in partnership with his father, and brother Monte. After selling Pistoresi Chevrolet, Mr. Pistoresi continued working as a car salesman at Steve's Chevrolet until he celebrated his 92nd birthday. As a public figure and role model for the people of Chowchilla, Mr. Pistoresi's track record has excelled above and beyond what most would consider as impressive. Mr. Pistoresi joined the Chowchilla Rotary Club in 1949 when he was 25 years old, and did not miss a single meeting for 68 years. He was a founder of the Board of Directors of the Chowchilla District Memorial Hospital, which was created in 1954, and has served under virtually every position on the Board, including Director, President, and permanent Chair of the Finance Committee. Mr. Pistoresi also served in the Chowchilla Chamber of Commerce since 1970, where he had perfect attendance for 46 years. To list every accomplishment and public service provided by Mr. Pistoresi would require far more time than we have here today. However, it should be stated firmly that few people, if any, have served the community of Chowchilla in the same capacity, and with the same fervor as Mr. Pistoresi did throughout the course of his long, fruitful life. He is remembered by his family and friends, including his wife of 44 years, Velma, his sons Larry Pistoresi, Jr., Jerry Danieli, and Kent Danieli, his sisters Violet and Irene, his brother Monte, and many members of his extended family, 10 grandchildren, 11 great- grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to join me in honoring the life and career of Mr. Larry Pistoresi, Sr., one of the most recognizable and hard-working figures in the community of Chowchilla. The level of devotion he has provided to the people around him has proven to be an unparalleled catalyst for the growth and advancement of Chowchilla. ____________________