R. H. "Tiny" Garzoli (1922 - 2013)

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March 6, 1922 to September 23, 2013
R.H. "Tiny" Garzoli passed away recently after a lengthy illness. Tiny was born on March 6, 1922 to Henry Leonard Garzoli and Petronilla Agnes Bondietti. He was raised on the Mahoney Ranch, which is now "Bahia" along the Petaluma River in Novato.
Tiny would walk or ride a horse to the Black Point School where he completed his eighth grade education. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. Upon his return, he started working in the roofing industry. In 1957, Tiny founded Novato Roofing Co., which was very successful. In 1966, Tiny purchased DeMello Roofing, which is still family run.
Tiny was predeceased by Marjorie, his wife of 58 years, sister Helen Hale, brother Louie Mazzoleni and sister Rose Paganetti. He is survived by sister Dorothy Paganetti and brother William Mazzoleni, daughter Judi Ielmorini (Mike) and son Ricci Garzoli (Holly) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Even though Tiny was an avid hunter and fisherman, he loved animals. He raised chickens, ducks, geese, pheasants, quail and sheep. He taught himself to "candle" eggs. He would hold them up to the sun and would accurately predict their hatch date. Tiny even successfully crossed a chicken and a pheasant!
He enjoyed fishing for steelhead and salmon on the Gualala, Mattole, Eel and Klamath rivers. One day, on the Klamath River, he landed a steelhead, salmon and sturgeon all in one day! He loved fishing San Pablo Bay and Bodega Bay on his 1969 Skipjack, the "Brandy Float." He enjoyed many hunting trips to Wyoming for mule deer and elk. Tiny was especially proud of his trophy elk he bagged in Wyoming in 1970.
The Boone and Crockett score was just shy of the 375-point minimum. The elk head is mounted and is displayed in the Druid's Hall in Novato. Tiny was also a diehard Forty-niner and Giants fan and was fortunate to have a chance meeting with Russ Hodges at Candlestick Park. Tiny was also an original major donor and sponsor to the Novato Boys Club, which is now the Novato Youth Center.
Tiny moved to Crescent City in 1990, and then to Brookings, Ore. and spent the last seven years of his life in Sonoma County. Tiny was a wonderful father to his daughter and son and a good friend to many people. He helped a lot of people during his lifetime and will be deeply missed.
He left us on Sept. 23, 2013. No services will be held in accordance with his wishes. Donations may be made to Hospice in honor of R.H. Garzoli or the , and would be greatly appreciated.
Published in Petaluma Argus-Courier from Oct. 10 to Nov. 9, 2013
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