Angelo R. DiGirolamo
1921 - 2014
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Angelo R. DiGirolamo
October 21, 1921 – September 21, 2014
Resident of Monterey
We are profoundly saddened by the sudden, but peaceful, passing of Angelo R. DiGirolamo in the early morning of Sunday, September 21st.
The son of Sicilian immigrants, Filippo and Rosina, Angelo was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on October 21st, 1921. A resident of Monterey from age 16, Angelo immediately found himself plying the ocean waters with his father to help support his large family. (Indeed, Angelo sometimes reminisced humorously that he was a far better fisherman than he was a student.) Over the years, Angelo learned life was more than purse seines and long lines. In 1945, he and his brothers pooled their final pay as World War II veterans to turn a decrepit fish packing shed into well-regarded "Angelo's on Fisherman's Wharf" (where broiled salmon was $.75 and abalone steak was $1.25!). It was at this time that Angelo began a long-standing and close relationship with renowned local artist, Bruce Ariss, co-designer of a building considered then by some Peninsulans to be just a garishly-painted conversation piece. But the concept worked, and after its opening in 1946, until its sale in 1984, the restaurant attracted many Monterey Bay regulars and tourists, not just with its rich and unique colors, but with its fine food and comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Indeed, Angelo was always immensely proud that the restaurant drew many visiting celebs through the years, to include Greer Garson and Kim Novak. Busy as he was as owner of a demanding enterprise, Angelo also served on the Monterey City Council in the early 1960's and was always considered a respected leader and member of the Old Fisherman's Wharf Association.
Despite his success as restaurateur, Angelo knew his true passion was for the dramatic arts. And so it was that in 1975, with timber salvaged from buildings on the Presidio of Monterey, he and Bruce Ariss, along with a crew of brothers, sons, and nephews, constructed "The New Wharf Theater" (known today as the "Bruce Ariss Wharf Theater"). From the theater's opening, through this past summer, Angelo has been producer and set builder extraordinaire, as well as mentor and cherished cheerleader to both seasoned and first-time actors alike in productions of "Oklahoma," "Peter Pan," "Cabaret," "The Sound of Music," "The Pirates of Penzance," and "The Mikado," to name a few. For a sense of Angelo's profound, positive impact on the lives of so many actors and theater patrons, one need only sample the outpour of heart-felt sentiment on the Facebook page bearing the theater's name.
As loving spouse and father, Armed Forces Veteran, iconic figure on the Wharf and in the community, and patron of the arts, Angelo has touched many lives and will be missed sorely by all.
Angelo was predeceased by brothers John, Anthony, Andrew, and Antonio, and sisters Katie and Mary. He is survived by sisters Jenny (Angelo), Josephine, Millie (Irving), and Anita and brother George (Diane). He is also survived by his spouse of 64 years, Adrienne; children Bernadette (Joseph), Philip (Michele), Roseanna (Anthony); grandchildren Joseph (Lisa), Angelo, Angelo (Leslie), Philip, Amy, Erin, Matthew, Megan, and Scott; and great-grandchildren Jessica, Giuseppe, Dominic, Angelo, Dominic, Gianna, and Bella Rose.
There will be a public viewing at San Carlos Cathedral (500 Church St., Monterey), on Thursday, September 25th from 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by a vigil at 7:00 pm. On Friday, September 26th at 9:30 am, there will be a funeral mass at the same location.
In lieu of flowers to honor Angelo's memory, the family appreciates donations to San Carlos Cathedral, 500 Church Street, Monterey, CA 93940 or a charity of choice. Please visit to offer online condolences.
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Published in Monterey Herald Obits from Sep. 24 to Sep. 25, 2014.
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March 15, 2015
RIP Angelo,dear and memorable friend, gone but not forgotten. Forever in our heart. Fiorella and Judy.
September 30, 2014
Carolyn DiMaggio
September 30, 2014
You will be truly missed Angelo, I remember my Dad taking me down to Angelo's Restaurant as a child, and eating 'real' pizza, Toto was my sisters Godfather, and I have great childhood memories of your restaurant, then as an adult when I worked on the wharf, it was always such a pleasure seeing you. The wharf just isn't the same anymore. God Bless You Angelo, and your family. Rest In Peace.
Carolyn DiMaggio
September 29, 2014
Condolences to your family for missing such a kind and beautiful person. I will be forever grateful for the kindnesses you and your family showed me when I first came back to town so many years ago. Fly on eagle's wings. God Bless.
Susan Dodds
September 28, 2014
We will surely miss you... Rest in peace and let the perpetual light shine upon you. We love you, Angelo.
Rizza and Francis Santos
September 27, 2014
As a young boy growing up across the street from Angelo and his family, he was absolutely the nicest, kindest man ever. Even when I backed into their car and left a big dent. It's like he was totally unphased and calm. Just a wonderful honor to be his neighbor. RIP
Gregory Harris
September 26, 2014
For 10 years I worked at Angelo's restaurant. I can truly say some of the best years of my life. The kindness of Angelo and his dear wife, Adrian, will never ever be forgotten. Angelo, you are at peace now. What a wonderful place to be. You are always loved by us. Thank you so much Bernadette for calling to let us know. Sending love to the family at this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.
Bill and Ann Spear
September 26, 2014
Our condolences to all of Angelo's family. Ed was his insurance agent for many years at Monterey Insurance and he and I spent many happy times chatting with Angelo in the gallery and at performances. We have several art pieces in our home. He was a wonderful man and friend and will be missed.
Peggy and Ed Magner
September 26, 2014
my sincere condolencies to the family of angelo, i nev thru-out my life forgot the kindness and consideration angelo showed me, especially as a teen ager growing up. angelo was truly a class act and genuine human being. angelo, i know you hear me , god rest your sole. i ll miss you.

your old, old friend,
bill jackson
las vegas, nv
September 26, 2014
I am so sorry of Angelo's passing. I regret not having to say Ciao when I left. I was ill but always mindful of true friends. Angelo and I spent many times talking about the Wharf and the joy of life! I'll see him soon to continue the conversation.
September 25, 2014
My sincere condolences to the entire DiGirolamo family. What a life Angelo has led. I was very fortunate to have participated in the many Wharf Theatre productions and before that went to school with his children, Bernadette, Philip and Rosanna. He had a great life and he will be very much missed.
Diane Trovato Rowe
September 25, 2014
The Nightingale sighed for the moon's bright ray- And told his tale
in his own melodious way-
He sang "Ah, well-a-day!"
(from HMS Pinafore)
Angelo-the Angels are singing for you now "Ah well-a-day". Enjoy the performance from your front row seat.
David & Terri Marzetti
September 25, 2014
When I was doing one of the leads in HMS Pinafore in 1992 at the Wharf there were about 3 days when I was moving out of my old apt and into a new one and it wasn't ready yet. I didn't have money for a hotel because I had to pay deposit on my new place. Ang said "stay at the theatre" and gave me a key and I slept there for 3 nights. What a great man. As I said then I say again "God Bless you Ang".
David Marzetti
September 25, 2014
I so appreciated Angelo's sweet smile and warm welcome every time we went to the 'Wharf theatre to see a show. such a wonderful and lovely person.
Janice Barker
September 24, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to Mrs. DiGirolamo and family for your loss.

Angelo will be deeply missed.

Anthony & Joanne Giammanco
September 24, 2014
I worked for Angelo at the restaurant after years of his niece Helyn ( my BFF) bugging me to work with her. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Working there was always fun. Angelo was such a joker and always had a smile on his face. I met the rest of this huge family and they always made me feel like I was one of them! The wharf was special back then. It changed my life. Thank you Angelo! We'll miss your jokes and smiles!

Debbie Ternullo (San Antonio) and family, Richard, Leslie and Jennifer
September 24, 2014
Our love to all of Angelos family for their loss of a wonder man and human being. We knew Angelo as children when our late mother, Roberta Maris, had a small restaurant on the Wharf. We share so many wonderful memories of his kindness to our family, memories that we will always cherish. Aloha Nui Dear Friend.
Terrilee Erickson
September 24, 2014
What an amazing man! I met him when I was about 5 years old and would always go visit him when I was on the wharf and he always remebered me! He will be missed!
Juliane Sharpe
September 24, 2014
Gregory Harris
September 24, 2014
My thoughts & prayers go out to all of Angelo's family. I will deeply miss Angelo. I met Angelo & his wonderful brothers when I worked at Pacific Grove golf links about 30 years ago. The band of brothers warmer my heart they always looked out for each other. Angelo has to be the most loving man I ever met. My trips back to Monterey will never be the same because I always stop by to see him. Until we met again Angelo rest in peace. Love you.
Mickey Blanken
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