Aldo Joseph Bertolotti
April 3, 1921 - February 1, 2021
Bay Area Native
Aldo passed away 2 months shy of his 100th birthday, from complications of Covid-19. As testimony to the impact he had on their lives, his five grandsons requested the honor of writing this final tribute to a man who was respected, valued and loved by all.
Born to Italian immigrants in San Francisco, Aldo was instilled early on with the values of honesty, humility, kindness and concern for his fellow man. He often said that his proudest accomplishment was that he had passed on those values to his children, Eileen Feichtmeir (Bob, deceased), John Bertolotti (Joan) and his adored grandchildren, Colin Feichtmeir (Ellen), Grant Feichtmeir (Katie), Reid Bertolotti (Kelly), Christian Bertolotti (Cynthia) and Kent Bertolotti.
After graduating from San Jose Technical High School, Aldo honed his skills as a mechanic at Bob Coyle Chevrolet. He eventually turned to farming in Santa Clara Valley, but always maintained that everybody should own a good set of tools and know how to use them. On his grandsons' 16th birthdays, he gifted each with a full set of tools, which they use and cherish to this day.
In 1944, Aldo married Ann Martini, whom he humbly credited as the woman behind his success, as both a parent and a farmer. He would tell his grandsons that Ann often worked beside him in the barn, packing produce for his pre-dawn deliveries to the produce markets. Ann passed away in 1984.
Fueled by a passion for antique automobiles, Aldo embraced the hobby as an opportunity to bond with his son and grandsons. They enjoyed years of touring with many local car clubs.
True to his nature, Aldo remained humble when he began investing in real estate. He prospered, but took nothing for granted. He always encouraged his grandchildren to spend less, save more and work hard. He would tell them to live as though, if they were to lose everything tomorrow, they could still provide for themselves and their families.
In 1986, Aldo met his second wife, Eunice Prather, at a square dancing class. They became dance partners and a relationship blossomed. After marrying in 1991, he became a loving stepfather and father figure to Lisa and Tracey Prather. He and Eunice shared 30 years together, enjoying their close knit neighborhood, traveling and making many wonderful friends along the way. Eunice is to be credited with keeping him healthy and active throughout his golden years.
Aldo was preceded in death by his sister, Lena Cappelloni (Phil, deceased0. He leaves his great-grandchildren, Kendall, Paige, Elle and Luke Feichtmeir and Finley and Maisyn Bertolotti.
The family would like to thank Aldo's caregiver, Finau Vakalahi, for loving him as we did. She was a light in his life and we will be forever grateful.
Due to Covid, internment will be private. In lieu of flowers or donations, we ask that you honor his memory by striving to be all that he valued. May the Lord grant him perpetual peace and reward him in heaven for a job well done! View the online memorial for Aldo Joseph Bertolotti