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“Still think that at least once a week to call Carmen to check on races. Can not help it. Force of habit. Still miss my old friend. God rest his soul. ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: denny mclaughlin - CO

“I interviewed Carmen on the Normandy battlefield on June 6th, 1984 for a video I produced, 'D-Day + 40 Years'. He led a group of vets back there many...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Chuck Pennock - Hobe Sound, FL

“What an amazing man and awesome contribution to our society. I went to school with Jim at Notre Dame High, and would stop at Miceli's to order food...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Patrick Darcy - Irvine, CA

“It is amazing how quickly you became part of our lives in such a short time. My only regret is that we didn't record you and your many stories. You...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Rockie - Arcadia, CA - Friend

“Carmen was a warm and friendly gentleman that will be missed everyday. He used to come and see us at The Drinkers Hall of Fame while they were...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Miss Holly - Arcadia, CA - Friend

“I'm sure there are many that considered Mr. Miceli to be their best friend. I know that my father, Frank Klaus felt that way about him. Not only was...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Marilyn Klaus - New York, NY

“Carmen was simply "one of a kind" and I will always love and cherish him. My memories are too many for words but we traveled the world together, I...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Reed Wallace - Hollywood, FL

“what a great man he was .. i use to love to hear his stories when he would come to visit me at dhof...i use to to ask him for his "ID" before i...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: dawn - arcadia, CA

“Carmen. as we all know was' one of a kind' we the people who worked at Santa Anita just loved him... loved to hear his storys and adventures . as...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: CAROL MOSSUTO - LA VERNE, CA

“I was very close to pianist Bill Miller and took care of Bill's house from 1991- his passing in 2006. Bill introduced me to Carmen at the very...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Margaret LePique - Glendale, CA

“Warm thoughts to the Miceli clan. Thank you Angela for such great childhood memories, and those wonderful holidays at the Miceli home. Just ate...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Joe Reisman - OR

“In times of trouble Carmen was there - a kind and caring friend to the end. In loving memory, Barbara Palermo ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Barbara Palermo - Woodland Hills, CA

“God Bless...Rest in Peace. My condolences to the family and thanks for all you gave to this world sir! God Speed. With Love, Billy Salvadore ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: Billy Salvadore - Sherman oaks, CA

“We are so fortunate to have known such a special extrodinary man. As Carmen used to say, "Forget about it". But we will never forget you. You will...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Karen & Tim - arcadia, CA

“In Loving Memory to a FUN Friend, one of a kind. Frank met Carmen in 1957 when he made pizza in the front window of his restaurant. We spent many...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Linda and Frank Corrente - CA

“My father would bring a pizza home in the 60 ties after midnight and he would say to me I am as old as Micelli's. He loved the place. My sincere...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Eva - Hollywood, CA - customer

“We solute you Sir, you will be missed but never forgotten. While in the glory fields I know you will protect us all and keep a good tip for that...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Casey Gould

“Carmen was a class act. When he entered a room the energy would increase exponentially and the evening would be filled with storytelling and laughter...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Dr. & Mrs. Shawn Fornari - CA

“Carmen - YOU will be sorely missed! Never met a nicer guy! We will all miss you & your beautiful sense of Humor! Gosh, I am without words. We all...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Deda - Monrovia, CA - Admirer

“It was always a pleasure speaking to you about restaurant business, we shared a lot .It was one hellof a run you had .Don't forget to too box the...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: greg - Arcadia, CA - friend

“Carmen was my best friend, my hero and a credit to our country. All Americans owe Carmen a debt of gratitude for his service and his example. My...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Denny McLaughlin - CO

“Angela-we went to Corvallis together.,I remember going to your house for a spring fling rehearsal and your parents were so kind. I always enjoyed a...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Krys Schmidt Thibault - Cumming, GA

“Carmen was such a wonderful friend to us and we had so much fun together every year. Carmen was just like my father as he would always tell it like...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Randy & Mona Smith - Hana, HI

“Thank you for making the world so special and teaching us so much. We are so blessed to have gotten to spend the time together that we shared. Your...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Ian & Amanda Kruljac - Arcadia, CA

“Honorable service to his country, his family, his employees and his customers. RIP Mr. Miceli. ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Michael Toerge - Admirer

“I was 19 when I started working at Miceli's on Cahuenga. Miceli's was unlike any other job, at least for me, it meant family and I will forever be...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Victoria Attanasio - Morgan Hill, CA

“I love you Dad. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Angela Miceli Doheny - CA

Carmen Miceli, 92, born on March 17, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, passed away October 29, 2015. He resided in Arcadia, California, at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California

Long time resident of Toluca Lake and restauranteur, Carmen Miceli, passed away quietly at his residence on Oct 29, 2015 .
Born in 1923, he was a first generation American of an immigrant Sicilian family that settled in Chicago.

As a youngster, in the depression years he worked as a singing shoe-shine boy and sold newspapers on the streets. He would find spaces to hide from the icy cold Chicago weather. He would occupy that time reading the newspaper, which made him knowledgeable of all current events and an avid reader and history buff.

He enjoyed his formal education though it only lasted up to and just before high school. For Carmen, his 2 sisters, Carmela and Angelina and 2 younger brothers, Tony and Sam, working took preference over school as the most immediate need of the family during this time was food.

Anxious to get off of the streets of Chicago, Carmen enlisted in the U. S. Army, expecting to be out in a year. But 9 months later came Pearl Harbor. The day he would've been discharged he was on the SS Boroquin heading for Iceland.

His military service took him to England and then to the Hedgerows of Normandy. Under General George S. Patton he participated in 5 major campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge.

In his 4 1/2 years with the infantry he received multiple decorations, including 4 purple hearts. He also received the Bronze Star for carrying a medic to safety across an open field of enemy machine- gun fire.

His return to the states and civilian life brought him to Hollywood, Ca. There he arranged for his siblings to come out from Chicago. Together with his family and his wife Sylvia, they pooled what meager funds they had to start the Original Miceli's Pizzeria in Hollywood in May 1949. Thus began the over 60 year reign of the now renowned Miceli's Restaurants, the oldest Italian Restaurant in Hollywood.

He loved music and was revered by the jazz community. He rubbed elbows with the greats. From Ella Fitzgerald to Al Jarreau. He hosted celebrities from Presidents to the biggest sports figures to the most famous movie stars.

As a disabled veteran, he was active in raising tens of thousands of dollars for the WWII Memorial in Washington DC and in full uniform would visit Veterans Hospital every Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

A member of the Greatest Generation he earned and lived the American dream. He raised six children, giving them all the opportunities to pursue the education that he was denied.

From the very tough streets of Chicago to the Battlefields of World War II, to the heart of the American Dream, Carmen leaves the legacy of a great business man and war hero. But Carmen's greatest pride is the legacy of his children and grand children.