Angelo John Lombardini, 86, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at his home in Grover Beach, after a courageous 10-month battle with cancer. The youngest of five children, Angelo was born in May 1926, in Fresno, Calif., to Mary and Angelo Lombardini. He was raised and worked from a young age on his father''s dairy located west of Fresno in the town of San Joaquin. He graduated from Tranquility Union High School, and then served for two years in the U.S. Navy
during the latter part of World War II
. Upon his return from the Navy, Angelo met and married the love of his life, Patricia Helen (Bebeau) Lombardini. They settled and raised their family of six children in San Joaquin. The dairy was turned into farmland and Angelo farmed cotton for the next 25 years, first in partnership with his two brothers, and then on his own with his three oldest sons helping to run the 500-acre ranch. Angelo loved life on the ranch and spending time with his family. He was involved in the community and served as Scout Master and School Board President for several years. In 1972, he retired from farming and the family moved to the Central Coast of California. Angelo loved dancing, camping and travel. Family summer vacations included time enjoying Santa Cruz and Pismo beaches, camping in many of the State and National Parks of California, Oregon, Utah, Arizona and Washington and exploring parts of Canada. Once the kids moved on with their respective lives, he and Patricia, spent several years trailer traveling extensively throughout the Western United States. In 1998, Angelo traveled with family to Italy, visiting the homeland of his father, where he was united with many of his first cousins and other relatives. This trip fed his love for travel; he returned to Italy in 1999 with Patricia, made trips to Alaska and Mexico, and later traveled through other parts of Europe. Angelo was a loving son, brother, husband, father and friend. His greatest gifts to his children were a life in the country, a work ethic that stayed with them all into adulthood, and an appreciation for nature and travel. He was always there to help his family in times of need and will be forever remembered for his kindness and good nature. The family thanks Michelle Aguayo, caregivers Mary Akins and Erin Moriarty and Hospice Partners of the Central Coast, for their kindness and support. Angelo is survived by his six children, their spouses and three grandchildren: Mike and wife Pat; Mark, wife Cindy and son Ryan; Angelo and wife Pam; Matt and son Jake; Tim and daughter Annie; Kay and wife Anne, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Patricia in October 2011.''?A memorial for the immediate family is to be held at a future date.