Thomas Quontamatteo(1944 - 2012)

Thomas Quontamatteo
Nov. 9, 1944-Sept. 18, 2012
Resident of Hayward
I'd like the memory of me to be happy one, I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,.of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days .. I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave when life is done.
Tom was born in Oakland, California to Fred and Peggy Quontamatteo .. He lived in Crockett until he was three and the family moved to Martinez. He attended public schools, graduating from Alhambra High School in 1962. Tom excelled in every thing . He was President of the Student Body, a star athelete, excellent scholar,and even Prom King!!!!! More than anything, he was a very kind person with a lovely smile. After graduating from Alhambra, he attended U.C Berkeley. He played catcher for Cal's Varsity Baseball Team and had the highest batting averade in the Pacific Coast League. After graduating from Cal he married lovely Gladys. and they joined the Peace Corp and were off to Iran. During the years there, they were able to travel a great deal in the Middle East and Europe. Tom and Gladys returned to the States and a year later were blessed with the arrival of baby Francesca. Tom, though/was very ill. He was diagnosed as being Bi Polar Schizoid Affective.For the rest of his life he was in and out of mental hospitals. We missed you then and we miss you now. Tom's parents passed away not too long ago. He leaves his daughter Francesca Galliot (Olivier) of Nice, France, his sister, Lois Hart (Mike) of Martinez. He also leaves his dear uncle, Mario Casazza of Lodi. He is survived by his beloved nieces and nephews: Mike Hart (Kelly) Anne Hart of Huntington Beach and Stephanie Howard also of Huntington Beach. Zachary Hart and Anna Howard, his great niece and nephew will miss him very much. Tom had so many cousins that he loved so much.Through the years your love and caring helped so much. A special thanks to the staff of Morton Bakar, especially to Villum and Laura. You were all so kind. Thanks to Pathways for. being there for us at the end. A memorial for Tom will be held in the future and will be announced in this paper.


Published in Contra Costa Times on Oct. 4, 2012