Anthony (Tony) Bernard Cardoso, age 95, of Kerman/Biola passed away Sunday, September 23, 2018 at his Kerman home. He was co-owner and co-operator of Biola Variety & Liquor Store for 20 years, a U.S. Marine during WWII, and a member of the Biola VFW, the American Legion, the SBF, and various other organizations.
The son of Portuguese emigrants, Tony was born in Lemoore in 1922 to a large family, working on the family farm. He enlisted in the Marines in 1942 and excelled in aviation engineering. He served as an aviation mechanic during his time on the Marshall Islands, mainly working on Corsair planes. He was very proud of his military service. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1948.
After coming home Tony went in the dairy business with his brothers. He married Mary Couto in October of 1952. They operated a dairy and had two children. After selling the business in 1959, they bought a liquor store in Biola, and eventually moved to another one down the street. The Biola Variety and Liquor Store was run by them until 1979. He became heavily involved in the Biola community, joining the Chamber of Commerce, twice serving as president. Active in the Biola VFW, twice being post commander, and regularly attending meetings into his 90s. Active member at the SBF Portuguese Hall in Kerman. Volunteered for countless town functions, including providing rides and soft drinks for the local little league teams. Developed a life-long love of deep-sea fishing, forging close friendships with his fishing buddies. Made more friends than a person can count. After selling the store in 1979, he and his wife moved to Kerman. Worked as a USDA inspector for a few years until he fully retired. Upon retirement he enjoyed teasing his grandkids, visiting his friends and relatives, making crafts for anyone and everyone, and growing humongous vegetable gardens.
Preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mary Cardoso.
Preceded in death by his parents Jose and Georgina Cardoso, his brothers Joe, Emy, and Lee Cardoso, and his sisters Georgina Roza and Lena Costa.
Survived by his sister Elsie Martin, his brother Dimas Cardoso, his son Charles and his wife Lupita, his daughter Antoinette, his grandchildren Cherié, Charlene, Joey, Angela, and Cheryl, and great-grandchildren Jayla, Charley Ann, and Jaxson.
Always one with a quick wit, his favorite line being, "As they say in China, hasta la vista."
No services will be held at his request.