Grace: Friends saluted Phil Cerra, Pudgy's Pizzeria owner, right before he lost his battle with cancer

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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 11:01 pm, Tue Aug 5, 2014.

In his final hours, Omaha's sociable pizza man, Phil Cerra — known to many as “Pudgy” — was surrounded by people.

Friends went to his home Saturday night. They stood around his bed. They poured his favorite cocktail, 7&7, and clinked their glasses, toasting him. They told Pudgy stories. They laughed at the good times. And then they said farewell.

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