Clifford “Tiko” Losano

April 7, 1953 - January 23, 2020
Clifford  “Tiko” Losano

Sunrise April 7, 1953
Sunset January 23, 2020

Clifford “Tiko” Losano of Wilmington, NC, originally from Haleiwa, Hawaii passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Thursday January 23, 2020 at The Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Tiko, as called by his many friends and family was a lover of the sea. He was an avid fisherman and surfer. Wrightsville Beach will always be his “Happy Place” .

He retired after 27 years of dedicated service to NHRMC as an engineer in 2019. He loved his work family as his own.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Linda.
His children, Michelle (Terry), Jared (Lindsey), Mary (Art) and his “Hanai” daughter Elizabeth Wolfson.
Grandchildren, Jordan, Tori, Mikey, Christopher, Jake and their father, Victor.
Bryce, Koa, Eden, Juliana Jaelyn, Arthur III (Boy), Kaius and Clifford.
He was preceeded in death by his parents Pancho and Feliza Losano.
Also survived by his siblings:
James, Fred (Norma), Sandra, Marshall (Leona), Baxter (Anita) Ricky (Kalena), Billy (Gloria), Randall (Anne), Laverne ( Ross), Vella (Billy), Harold (Momi) as well as many nieces and nephews.
In Laws Beverly (CB) Barrow, Sharon (Jeff) Irby, Wayne Bishop, John (Lynn) Bishop…. Countless friends in the fishing and surfing community.

He will always be remembered for his contagious laughter, smile and love for life, friends and his family.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their compassionate and loving care.

A memorial Paddle Out will be announced by the family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.



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  • January 28, 2020
    Sandy Andrews says:
    You will be missed, but remembered by all for your great heart, love of your family, and your love of the water. You taught my son to surf almost 20 years ago...what a gift you gave him. Then every day when i went to the beach, you were always there with a hug, a fist bump, and running toward the surf. You always had time to ask about my son and my husband. He made special Go Play stickers for me to give my son ( had a submarine on it since my son serves in the Navy on a submarine)..we will cherish those stickers. I will still go to our happy place, right beside Crystal pier, think of you and what a blessing you were to your family and to all you met.

  • January 27, 2020
    Hank Harris says:
    I knew Tico from surfing the south end. He was one of those people you only had to meet once to see the light he gave the world. He was magic and we will all miss him.

  • January 27, 2020
    Anne losano says:
    Brother cliff u were such a big part of our lives we might have not seen u all of the time but once we did u always have that big smile on! Love u and ur brother lanaki loves u! He is so heartbroken but he knows ur in a better place!

  • January 27, 2020
    Craig Newkirk says:
    Tiko was an institution in the surfing community at Wrightsville Beach! He was our Patriarch in the water and the Aloha that he brought to the south end of WB will live on in the countless people he taught how to surf and the countless other surfers like myself that he went out of his way to connect with. Tiko never met a stranger and he never had a bad word to say about anyone, unless of course they were foolish enough to try and drop in on him. 'Bruddah Cuz' I will miss talking story with you, I will miss my Pidgeon lessons sitting 100 yards outside of the shortboarders but most of all I will miss your positive vibes and warm heart. Until we surf again on the other side may God bless you and your Ohana...

  • January 27, 2020
    Bill Mulvey says:
    I met Tiko at the southend years ago and would always come away from our conversations in a better mood and a smile on my face. So much life and spirt. My condolences. Thank you Tiko for your smile and good vibes.