Victor J. Tedesco passes away

Victor J. Tedesco (file photo)
Victor J. Tedesco (file photo)

Prominent East Sider Victor Tedesco passed away on March 16, 2015 after having led a life of public service.

Tedesco, who made it to the age of 92, was the son of Italian immigrants and was raised in Swede Hollow. He spent much of his life on the East Side.

He was a long-standing St. Paul City Council member, elected in 1966, serving as its president from 1982 to 1987, after which he retired from the council. In total, he served 12 terms on the council. Tedesco also was the commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Public Buildings, according to the Minnesota Historical Society. He was credited with preserving many park areas in St. Paul.

Tedesco is also credited with helping to save the Landmark Center and some other notable buildings from the wrecking ball.

A St. Paul city street is named after him—Tedesco Street was renamed from Collins Street—it starts off of Payne Avenue where Morelli’s sits, and continues for two blocks, ending at Lafayette Road.

In addition to his civic engagements, Tedesco was a television station owner, publicist, and a big band saxophone player. His Vic Tedesco Band performed as recently as April 2014 at a pancake breakfast event at Johnson High School.

He produced a newspaper called Touchdown USA, which covered professional football, and ran a sports radio broadcast company called Impala Productions.

Tedesco, a 1941 graduate of Johnson High School, was named to the school’s hall of fame in 2009.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 22, from 4 to 6 p.m., while a funeral will be Monday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m. Both events will be at St. Pascal Baylon Catholic Church, 1757 Conway St.

Tedesco is survived by children, Patricia (Bill) Bloyer, Anthony; grandchildren, Justin (Dana) Bloyer, Kirstin Bloyer (Derek Fossey); great-grandson, Vittorio Bloyer.

A World War II veteran, Tedesco was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Florence, and daughter Elizabeth.

— Patrick Larkin
 

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