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Albert Simon Giusto Obituary
Albert Simon Giusto March 2, 1929 to July 5, 2014 Albert Simon Giusto passed away in his home, with his loving family surrounding him on July 5, 2014 at 12:22 AM. He was 85 years old. A native of San Francisco, "Big Al" was born on March 2, 1929, at home to Amelia and Matthew Giusto. He is survived by his loving wife Ruth of 63 years, their four children, Michael, Lisa, Pamela, and Keith, his younger brother Fred and wife Kathy, and five grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and extended family. Al was predeceased by his parents Amelia and Matthew and his sister Juanita. Al began his working career at age 11 in 1940 when his parents purchased a health food store on Polk Street called "The Golden Crescent". Al worked beside his mother at the store after school and later while attending the trade school Lick Wilmerding. He loved working with his hands and graduated with top honors and was destined to be a machinist. His career was sidelined at 17, when he enlisted in the Navy at the end of World War ll. After the war ended, Al came back to San Francisco, where as the eldest son, he continued to help run the expanded family business now called "Giusto Specialty Foods", with his father and brother. The focus of the company was milling organic flour, but they also ran a natural food bakery, and sold quality baking ingredients. Al and Fred later took over the business and were pioneers in creating a standard for organic flours and grains. Through their efforts, they contributed a large part to the movement of the importance of natural and organic food in the United States. Al met his life-long partner and wife, Ruth Noah, as teenagers and they were married in 1951. Al loved his wife and family first, followed by friends, travel, wine, food, music and dancing, gardening, golf and his dream car, a Mercedes which he named the ULTCAR. Al was an extraordinarily creative talent: he could do anything with his hands, from household improvements, designing jewelry, developing a new bread recipe, designing a beautiful garden, to making his special cup of coffee and salad dressing. Through his walk in life Al met all kinds of people from long haired hippies and artisan bakers, to conservative business people, and he accepted all of them. Everyone loved "Big Al". Al discovered the love of the golf at age 30. He was a member of the Richmond Country Club, where he had many golfing buddies. On October 12, 1992 he achieved one of his wildest dreams by hitting a HOLE IN ONE, on Cypress Golf Course in Monterey, California. Al was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was loved by everyone who crossed his path. His generosity, caring spirit, and humor will be missed by many. Family and friends are invited to the Celebration of Al's Life at The Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross, CA on Friday August 15th, 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you donate to .
Published in Marin Independent Journal from July 25 to July 27, 2014
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