He went to play poker with his friends on May 1, 2013 but his big heart gave out and he didn't make it home that day. Born in Utica, NY to proud Sicilian parents, Carlo and "Lena" 84 years ago, he lived a fulfilling life with many accomplishments. He served in the infantry as a squad leader in Japan in World War II, went to college in Plattsburg, NY to study engineering, got married to Theresa Champagne and had one of his four children before moving to CA. He worked for Sonoma County public works designing and building roadways for 35 years, delivered blood for the blood bank 20 yrs, personally donating over 18 gals., was a member and on the Board of Directors for RCU for many years and was a member of the Druids for 30 yrs. As a great athlete, he played semi pro baseball in NY and softball here into his 50s. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and card player enjoying spending time and laughter with family and friends. Once retired, he happily danced his way to 47 countries as a host on cruise ships. Preceded in death by much of his family including his son, Rory, but is survived by one sister, Marie Lisandrelli, one brother-in-law, John Barnaba, three daughters, Vicki Calamusa, Kathy Buckhorn (Jack) and Sheri Haessler (Harald), five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, many loving nieces and nephews, and his 'soul mate' Alice Miller. He leaves behind many memories of his crooked smile, sparkling eyes and silly jokes to his multitude of acquaintances and friends. The celebration of his life and informal "party" he requested to have at Legends at Bennett Valley golf course will be June 1, 12-3:00 p.m. (Please no flowers) Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen & Lance Chapel, 545-3747
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Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen & Lance Chapel
1540 Mendocino Ave Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Published Online in the Press Democrat from May 12 to May 13, 2013