Giovanni "John" Sambuceti

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Photo Giovanni "John" Sambuceti Passed away on August 23, 2009 at the age of 93. Born February 9, 1916, John, the youngest of seven children, emigrated from Italy to San Francisco in 1934. He worked for his brother Domenico at the Granada Cafe on Mission Street and later became proprietor. He owned the Granada Cafe for 47 years. Often referred to as the "Mayor of the Excelsior," John was known to everyone in the Excelsior District and had many friends, all of whom loved him and mourn his passing. In his younger years John was an avid golfer and for many years held an annual golf tournament. He loved fishing, playing bocce ball, playing the card game "Pedro" and co-authored the Official Pedro Rule Book. John leaves behind his sister-in-law Rosa Sambuceti; nephew Ed Sambuceti, his wife Susan and their two children, Dylan and Kate. Family and friends may visit after 4pm on Wednesday, and are invited to attend the Vigil Service at 7pm also on Wednesday, and the Funeral Service on Thursday at 8:30am, from the chapels of Valente, Marini, Perata & Co. 4840 Mission St., SF, thence to Church of the Epiphany where a 9:00am Funeral Mass will be celebrated. Committal to follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at
Funeral Home
Valente Marini Perata & Co.
4840 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 333-0161
Funeral Home Details
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2009