Benjamin Victor PEDROTTI

Youngest child of Ralph and Domitilla Pedrotti, Benjamin Victor Pedrotti died peacefully in his sleep on September 28, 2012. Born and Raised in Crockett, CA. He was preceded in death by his brothers Americo (Al) Vaio and Larry Pedrotti; sisters Rosemary (Vaio) Wells and Margaret (Pedrotti) Radtke. A graduate of John Swett High school in 1944. Like most young men in that Era Ben proudly enlisted in the US Navy as a Seabee where he did two tours, one in World War II in Japan (1945) where he proudly witnessed the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender and another in Korea (1951). Oh the stories he would tell his grandsons! Shortly after leaving the military he settled in Santa Rosa, which he continued to call home until his death. He was never one to sit still. He worked for years with Union Oil Company and then Sold Cars for Reynaud Motors Oldsmobile and Bill Kassin Chevrolet. It was there he met his partner Elmo and together they embarked on an amazing journey and opened Benjelmo's Delicatessen. Ben was in his element there mixing his love of cooking with his passion for people. He will always be remembered as the Salami Man by many. He retired twice but could never sit still. He dabbled in many ventures, but in 1988 he realized his love of food again, and opened Benjamino's Delicatessen, with his daughter, Diane. They had a good run until 1993 when due to a health issue, the business and the legacy was closed for good. He enjoyed travel and spent time in Mexico, Europe and on many a cruise. He was always on the go. He is survived by two daughters, Debra (Ken) Hull and Diane Pedrotti, but his greatest love was for his grandsons, Larson Pedrotti, Benjamin Carter and Matthew Carter. It was when those boys entered the room that his eyes would light up and the stories would start. Whether it was a holiday dinner, an evening at home or a day on the Little League Field, he was always there to love and support. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly, as well and the many friends he made during his 85 years here on Earth. "Heaven will never be the same now that he has arrived!" Memorial Services will be Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Noon at Pleasant Hills in Sebastopol. In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to . "Dad, you were my rock and my best friend....until I see you again" ~Diane

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Oct. 3 to Oct. 8, 2012