A memorial is displayed of late The Mug restaurant owner Tony Trozera, 82, at the restaurant in San Bernardino on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Trozera, along with his family restaurant, were well known in the community. (Rachel Luna / Staff Photographer)


Ryan Hagen, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 02/15/2012 08:01:31 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO –Tony Trozera was the type of man who was always moving as he served up well-known dishes, banter and sober advice to his customers at The Mug, but he found time every Friday for the better part of three decades to place fresh flowers on the restaurant booth where his mother had always sat.

Friends and family — and he had legions — say such respect, years after his mother’s death, was an inseparable part of Trozera’s character. And after Trozera died Monday they pledged to continue his legacy.

Trozera died at 82 from complications from a brain tumor, leaving his son, Russell, rattled but not exactly sad.

“He’s home with Mama and his dad,” Russell said. “I definitely think he’s happier than he’s been for the last six months.”

After growing up in Reche Canyon and attending San Bernardino High School, Trozera worked on the pit crew of racing legend Mario Andretti, and for years he raced sand buggies, water skis and more.

He raised four kids with strong values and inspired many others, Russell said.

But it was The Mug, the Highland Avenue restaurant he co-founded 63 years ago, that made Trozera a San Bernardino icon.

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