Tony S. Donato, who owned three neighborhood grocery stores in Los Angeles and was a longtime Glendale resident, has died in Panorama City. He was 69.
Donato died Sunday of heart failure, said his wife, Kathleen Donato.
A native of Central Falls, R.I., he served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II from 1942 to 1946. After he was discharged, he moved to California and worked as a stock clerk for Safeway Stores in Los Angeles. In 1952, he bought a small grocery store in South Los Angeles and renamed it Kay's Market, in honor of his wife. He subsequently sold that store and bought another nearby. In 1961 he bought a third store in Eagle Rock, which closed in 1973.