Paul Alfred Giannini
Surrounded by love, family and friends, our beloved Paul passed away peacefully on March 17, 2014. Paul was born on February 16, 1967 to Clara and Al Giannini in San Francisco. We knew the minute he came into our lives that we had received a very special gift. Paul was born with Down Syndrome, and even though he was unable to speak, we quickly discovered how much he was able to communicate with simply a look or a hug. He enjoyed being surrounded by his family and friends and all the commotion that came with it. Many times we would find him just laughing at us at whatever adventure we were attempting at the time. Paul graduated from Mission High School and took advantage of the many opportunities for people with special needs, including winning many awards in the Special Olympics and spending time with his peers and cultivating friendships in after-school and adult programs. But most of all, he took great pleasure in listening to and feeling all kinds of music. Paul will be dearly missed and forever cherished by his parents, his adoring sisters and brother in-laws, Chris & Tom Toomey, Gina & Tony Passanisi, June & Matthew Andress; and his doting nieces and nephews, Jen & Alex Rosko, Angela & Kevin Clifford, Meghan Toomey, Michael Toomey, Nick Andress and Jack Andress. Nephew of Alda & Roy Giannini, Val & Rich (d.) Bovone, and Deedee & George Bovone and many cousins here and in Italy. His grandparents, Alfred Giannini, Anna & Hugo Ciucci, and Fernanda & Ed Bovone preceded him in death. We will be eternally grateful for all the care Paul received from his doctors throughout his life. He overcame many health obstacles and to all he was known as "simply amazing." Paul was fortunate to have wonderful caregivers, Charlie & Edward, these last few years. We would like to thank Maria and the staff at Hospice by the Bay for their care and guidance through this difficult time.
Paul, anyone who crossed your path and received your touch was met with gentle serenity, unconditional love and genuine care. You are our sweet prince and you will forever live on in our hearts. You are the love of our lives.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Nelson Schiller Cardiac Research (support.ucsf.edu) and the Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center (www.prrcsf.org).
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. with a Funeral Mass at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 at St. Brendan Church, 29 Rockaway Ave., SF.