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Norwalk Icon and Philanthropist Luigi Vernola Dies From COVID Complications

Norwalk Icon and Philanthropist Luigi Vernola Dies From COVID Complications

Luigi Vernola with his granddaughter after his swearing in as Mayor a few years ago.

 

Staff Report • January 1, 2020

HMG-CN has heard from multiple friends that former Norwalk Mayor Luigi Vernola has died. Others have told HMG-CN that Vernola’s brother and son-in-law also passed.

Vernola was well-known throughout Los Angeles and in particular his home town of Norwalk where he would drive around every Christmas in a float dressed as Santa handing out gifts to needy children.

Vernola would also hold a full turkey dinner and gift giveaway to over 3,000 folks every year for Thanksgiving.

He would also hold fully catered appreciation events for the Sheriff’s and Fire Department every year.

 

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