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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:16 am, Tue Dec 11, 2012.

I just heard about the passing of Leon Croce. What a wonderful man that graced our lives! Leon and Croce's Cafe burn brightly in my memory. Once upon a time, Lodi was a gastronomic cultural crossroads of the Central Valley. My insatiable appetite for good food and the zeal I have for old haunts and new food discoveries was fostered at the old Cosmopolitan Cafe on Main Street and at Croce's.

What a treat to eat Croce's family-style Italian food with my dad and his cronies — and then to finish off the meal with homemade apple pie made by our favorite waitress.

A week or so after my dad died, I received a card in the mail indicating that Leon Croce had made a donation in my father's memory to a Catholic order that would pray for my dad twice a day forever — no sentiment from anyone meant more to me than this!

Leon, you will be missed and remembered forever!

John Newbold

Angwin, Calif.

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