Edward Della Maggiore died Wednesday, January 24th, in San Jose. He was 73 years old.

He was a former director of the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center, founded in 1969 to provide dental care to indigent patients, the elderly, the homeless and ethnic minorities from Venice and the surrounding areas.

Maggiore was born on January 2nd, 1934. He graduated from college with Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Philosophy degrees and was an educator at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Southern California.

In addition to being a director at the UCLA Venice Dental Center, he was on staff at the Los Angeles Free Clinic and the Los Angeles Mission. He also served as a Project Hope director for seven years.

Vigil services were to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 1st, at Lima Family Erickson Mortuary, 710 Willow St., San Jose.

Funeral services were scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday, February 2nd, at St. Christopher’s Church, 2278 Booksin Ave., San Jose, with interment immediately following at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln St., Santa Clara, and a reception afterwards at Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary, 466 N. Winchester Blvd., Santa Clara.

In lieu of flowers, Maggiore’s family and friends suggest donations be made in his name to a personal favorite charity or to one of Maggiore’s favorite charities — UCLA Venice Dental Center, 323 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice 90291; or Project Hope, 255 Carter Hall Lane, Millwood, VA 22646.

Maggiore is survived by niece Kristen Wall Nigh, her husband David, son Samuel and daughter Nicole; nephew Jamie Wall, his wife Kelly and son Kolby; and close friends Joseph Angeli, Ann Andersen and Shelia Reed.