Lee Carozza, 83, beloved husband, father, and friend passed away on September 23, 2022 after a long, valiant battle with throat cancer at Wellstar North Fulton Hospital with his devoted wife, Linda, at his side.
Lee was born on January 14, 1939, at the Long Beach Naval Hospital in Long Beach, California. He is predeceased by his mother, Genevieve Carozza (née Hosch), father Lino Perez Garriz Jr., and stepfather Edward Carozza. Later in life, he went back to his birth name, Lino Garriz. He is survived by his wife, Linda Howe Garriz, sister Mary DeLange of Green Valley, Arizona, sister Barbara Garriz of Miami, Florida, daughters Cara and Michaela Carozza, son-in-law Richard Tripps, and grandsons Richard Tripps, Andrew Tripps and Spencer Swartz of Carmel Valley, California, grandson Matthew Galley of Morgan Hill, California, granddaughter Caroline Swartz of San Diego, California, granddaughter Sarah Galley of Portland, Oregon, nephew Ryan DeLange of Tawain and niece Alysson DeLange of Fort Collins, Colorado.
After Lee graduated from Oak Harbor High School, he studied at the University of Washington and earned his B.S. in Economics. After graduation, he went into Sales, eventually becoming a Sales Representative and later a Sales Trainer for the Xerox Corporation. His true calling was as a Restauranteur. He owned a number of French restaurants specializing in Brittany Crepes, opening his first restaurant, Crepe de Paris, in Seattle. He later opened French restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Capitola, San Juan Bautista, and Laguna Hills, California. He retired in 2015 and moved with his wife, Linda, to the Atlanta, Georgia area. Lee is remembered every day by his friends and family. He had an enthusiasm and inner joy that lit up any room. He was an inspiration, a mentor, and a loyal friend to all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in his honor to Atlantic Essential Development, Inc., a non-profit that works with companies, hospitals, water well drilling companies, retailers, and individuals to collect and redistribute medical supplies and equipment, water filtration supplies, clothing, and educational materials to underserved communities. This is an unmet need that Lee felt strongly about and he would appreciate all of the support you can give.
There will be a Celebration of Life Ceremony held at Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Road, Roswell, Georgia on October 9, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern (3:00 p.m. Pacific) to celebrate his amazing life. This celebration of his life will be available via Facebook Livestream for those unable to attend in person. His memorial and link to his “Celebration of Life” service is located at