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Albert Pariani

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Albert Pariani Al was born in Sausalito in 1920 and passed away in Novato on September 4, 2012. A first-generation Californian, he was born to Italian immigrant parents and resided in Novato for 63 years. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Louise, and sons, Brian and Alan. He is survived by his brother Frank, two daughters, Colleen and Darlene, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and relatives in Italy and Australia. Al was the pillar of strength for his family and will be remembered for his courage, tenacity and extraordinary intellect. He was unflappable, yet also a mischievous practical jokester in every sense. Al graduated from Mt. Tamalpais High School, class of 1938. He sailed all over the world as a Merchant Marine during World War II and worked for PG&E for 36 years. Al was very proud of his Italian heritage and belonged to Club Italia, Sons of Italy and Native Sons of the Golden West. He was a genealogist and spent years tracing his and his wife's family roots back many generations in Italy. Known to many as "Nonno", Al was a kind, gentle and loving man who cherished his time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be missed by all. Al was an avid reader and historian and a lifetime learner and researcher, always surrounded by stacks of books and magazines. He generously shared his decades of Marin county knowledge, expertise and personal memorabilia with many area museums. Civic responsibility and preserving local history were very important to Al. Al was a philanthropist and volunteer, contributing his time and resources to many causes and organizations that he cared about. He loved the ocean and enjoyed exploring all of Northern California's natural beauty, taking his family on countless adventures to remote campgrounds and historical sites. His garden is the envy of the neighborhood featuring several 60 year old fruit trees, antique roses and traditional Italian vegetables. Al loved to tinker in his woodshop and was a fine craftsman who could build anything from large scale construction projects to ships in bottles. Al was one-of-a-kind and will be deeply missed by his family, friends and community. A long life, well lived! In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to: Sons of Italy-Cesare Battisti Lodge # 1518 Educational Achievement Award PO Box 311 Petaluma CA 94953 or Cleft Palate Foundation 1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 102 Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2820 USA or online at www.cleftline.org. Family and friends are invited to attend a chapel service Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 270 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. Arrangements under the direction of ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville St., Petaluma, CA 94952. Condolences may be made to adobecreekfuneralhome.com. Cheda & Lyons - Directors (415) 883-8070
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10, 2012
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