John "Johnny Boy" Aliotti
January 12, 1912 ~ April 24, 2007
MONTEREY – John "Johnny Boy" Aliotti, 95, passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 24, 2007.
He was born January 24, 1912, in Milwaukee, WI, to Giuseppe and Rosa (Tarantino) Aliotti. He was raised in Sicily until he was 13 years old. He was brought back to America in 1925. He settled in Monterey where he spent his life working as a commercial fisherman. He fished for over 60 years in the water off the coast of Alaska to the Mexican border. He was a member of the fisherman's union. John met the love of his life, Maria, and in 1940 they were married. He was with her until her death. During their life together they lived in Pacific Grove for 20 years, returning to live in Monterey in 1976. John enjoyed his bus trips to Reno, NV with the Pacific Grove Branch of the Italian Catholic Federation where he and his wife were members. He also loved to play cards with his family. He was an avid storyteller, keeping some of the old family traditions alive through the stories and life experiences which had made up the working history of his life. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria and daughter, Rose Bryan, both who died in 2004; sons-in-laws, John Smith, who died in 2006 and John Feliciano, who died in 1999.
Survivors include twin daughters, Josephine "Jo" Smith of Royal Oaks and Mary Feliciano of Salinas; grandchildren, Debbie (Smith) McCurry, Stacy Feliciano, Paula (Smith) Gower, Wendy Smith, Christi (Bryan) Manly and Michael Bryan; six great grandchildren; sister, Josephine Arancio of Monterey; one niece, four nephews, and many cousins. He is also survived by his extended family (the caregivers), Jess and Jill Martinez of Seaside and Maria Martinez of the family residence.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2007, at Mission Mortuary, 450 Camino El Estero, Monterey. Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass is planned at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at San Carlos Cathedral, 500 Church St., Monterey. Burial will follow at San Carlos Catholic Cemetery, 792 Fremont St., Monterey.