Dr. Carl Edward Bozzo, 86, of Carmel-By-the-Sea, California died peacefully surrounded by his family on January 30, 2018, at the Community Hospital in Monterey, California.
Born on November 27, 1931, in Richmond, California to Pauline Nasello and Carmen Bozzo, Carl spent most of his youth in San Jose, CA. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1949 where he played basketball and boxed. After attending Creighton University, he graduated Dental school in 1956 from St. Louis University. Three weeks later, Dr. Bozzo married the love of his life, Diane Filice at St. Mary’s Church in Gilroy, California.
Carl served in the US. Navy in San Diego for two years before opening a successful dental practice back in Gilroy. Together Carl and Diane raised seven children.
Carl was a fearless visionary and entrepreneur; after 30 years of dentistry he obtained a Masters Degree at the University of San Francisco and built a managed-healthcare company from four employees to over 150 and served over 500,000 members. Awards and accolades include “Citizen of the Decade” by the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and “Entrepreneur of the Year” finalist in Orange County.
In life, Carl kept faith in Christ as his central focus and was deeply involved with activities at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach and The Carmel Mission. Carl’s deep faith propelled his enormous generosity toward those in need.
Carl’s greatest treasure in life was his family. He is survived by Diane Filice, his wife of 61 years, and seven children: Michele (Lono Mahi), Daniel (Elizabeth), Lisa (Joseph Orlandini), Suzanne, Augustine Francis (Cathy), Christine (JR Daily), and Andrew (Molly).
He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, his younger brother Sam (Judy) plus countless nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. Carl is preceded in death by his mother Pauline, father Carmen and twin sister Carmel Sanelli (husband Floyd-also deceased) and grandchild John Paul.
Funeral Mass was held at 10:00am Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at the Carmel Mission Basilica.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memoriam to: Carmel Mission Basilica Outreach Ministries, 3080 Rio Road Carmel, CA 93923. To share a memory or condolence with Carl’s family please visit www.missionmortuary.com.
November 24, 1931 – January 30, 2018