Sept. 5, 1933 - Feb. 20, 2014
Resident of Capitola
George A. Airoldi, born Sept. 5, 1933 in Crockett, passed away peacefully Feb. 20, 2014, in Capitola, just 33 days after his beloved wife Barbara died, ending an almost six-decade love story.
George was raised in Crockett where he made many lifelong friends. He graduated from John Swett High School in 1951, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1957. He attended Diablo Valley Junior College and San Jose State University where he played football at both schools. George graduated from SJSU and he and Barbara were married in 1959.
George began his teaching career as a physical education instructor at John Muir Middle School in 1960. He retired from teaching in 1996, having spent his entire career at John Muir, where the gym was named in his honor. It will forever be known as the "George Airoldi Gymnasium."
George was an avid San Francisco Giants and 49er fan. He had season tickets to the 49ers and loved nothing more than tailgating at Candlestick Park with his wife, children and friends. He also coached his three boys in Almaden Little League and Pop Warner Football where he made many more lifelong friends.
Many, many weekends were spent in their San Jose kitchen and backyard, where he and Barbara enjoyed hosting barbecues with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.
In 1997, George and Barbara retired in the seaside city of Capitola, a small town they grew to love. George became active in the Italian Catholic Federation at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, volunteered at Good Shepard Catholic School and began attending his grandchildren Nico and Bella's school events. He enjoyed seeing the joy on their faces, just as he had done with his own children. He looked forward to holiday and summer visits from his children and grandchildren who lived out of state.
He loved hanging out in the Capitola Village, where he'd watch his grandchildren participate in Junior Guards, dine at the local restaurants and enjoy a glass of wine.
He is survived by his brother Renato Norman Airoldi, sons, Robert, Brian, John (Debbie); daughter Paula Kelsey (Steve); grandchildren, Nico Airoldi, Bella Airoldi, Braden Kelsey, Teagan Kelsey, Jake Airoldi and Sara Airoldi; and many nephews, nieces and grandnephews and grandnieces.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., March 29, 2014 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 435 Monterey Ave., Capitola.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Italian Catholic Federation, 435 Monterey Ave., Capitola CA 95010.
Published in San Jose Mercury News on Mar. 6, 2014