November 20, 2013 6:01 AM
Passed away on November 8, 2013 at the age of 86. He was born in Santa Barbara and owned Tony's Towing and Tony's Auto Body Shop, that his father started in 1920. Abe and Mike ran the family business until 2003.
Abe attended Harding Elementary School, La Cumbre Jr. High, and Santa Barbara High.
Abe belonged to the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge #613 for over 50 years, the Santa Barbara Masonic Lodge #192, he was a 32nd degree Mason and he belonged to the Scottish Rite, which was a life time member. He also belonged to the Al Malaikah Shrine, and was appointed Shrine Ambassador of the Al Malaikah Temple for the Santa Barbara area by allious potentate, Gene Moore for 2001-2002. Abe was in charge of the Glen Labs, formally the Santa Barbara 20-30 club, called Safety Sally, for all the elementary school cross walks.
Abe is preceded in death by his brother Mike Safina and his sister Rosalie. He is survived by his sister Bertha, living in San Francisco and brother William Safina from Mill Valley.
Abe has many nieces and nephews and will be greatly missed. Many thanks to his physicians, Dr. Joseph Frawley, Dr. Michael Shenoda, Dr. Howard Cooperman, and Dr. Joe Iivento.
Visitation will be held today, Wednesday, November 20th, 9:00-5:00 at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels, 15 East Sola Street, followed by the Funeral Service, which will be held Thursday, November 21st, 11:00 at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels. Interment will be private.
In Abe's memory, please remember the Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles, 3160 Geneva St., Los Angeles, CA 90020.