Antonio 'Tony' Lopez Ochoa, aka 'Mr. O', passed away on October 2, 2017, at the age of 75, after a long illness.
Tony was born on April 12, 1942 in Lompoc, California to Rafael Jesus Ochoa, who passed away in 1985, and mother Carmen Lopez Ochoa. He graduated in 1961 from Lompoc High School.
Mr. O will be most remembered for his kindness, always ready to help someone in need. His door was always open to anyone needing a meal or a place to stay and his love of animals found him feeding numerous stray cats. You could find Tony daily at Lompoc Donuts having his coffee and donuts, and weekly at the Lompoc Library, for his love of history would have him reading two or three books at a time. Often times you would find Tony BBQing, never just for himself, listening to his favorite music. His love of music inspired him to learn how to play the spanish guitar.
Tony was a hard worker, he was employed by Johns Manville for 15 years, was the former owner of Interior 3, and did carpet/floor installations for over 50 years.
He was the second of ten children. He was preceded in death by his brothers Roberto 'Bobby' Ochoa and Daniel 'Danny' Ochoa. He is survived by his daughter Sylvia Aguirre and sons Tony and Gabriel, mother Carmen; brothers Jesus 'Chuy' Ochoa, Jose 'Joe' Ochoa, Ramon 'Ray' Ochoa and Enrique 'Henry' Ochoa, all of Lompoc; his sisters Maria Elena 'Helen' Swartwout of Portland, Oregon, Carmen Albarran of Lompoc and Margarita 'Margie' Ochoa of Fillmore. He was the proud grandfather to eight grand children and five great grand children. He had many nieces, nephews and extended family.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday December 9th at 10AM at La Purisima Catholic Church, 213 W. Olive Ave. and a Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sunday December 10th at 1PM at the Knights of Columbus, 523 E. Chestnut Drive in Lompoc.