Bruno Morelli

San Francisco, California

1935 - 2019


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Bruno Morelli, aged 83, native and life-long resident of San Francisco, passed away peacefully June 8 surrounded by loving friends and family.Bruno was born in San Francisco on August 1, 1935, to Anna and Peter Morelli and married Mary Terheyden Morelli in San Francisco on March 25,...

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Long before Bruno became a beloved teacher of Romance languages, he and I were classmates at SI, seated across the aisle from each other. His sense of humor was similar to mine, and we turned out to have several interests in common. Even back then language fascinated him; he was a keen Latin student. We spent a fair while on one occasion talking about the various words for "pig" in Spanish (and we didn't even know then about the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, or the discredited claims...

Mr. Morelli taught me Italian for two years at Woodrow Wilson High School. He was a wonderful teacher and I think all his students felt the same way. We learned a lot more than Italian in that class---and a lot I took with me. We had fun in his class as he was a warm and kind person. He was a standard for good teachers and will be missed.

Dearest Morelli Family,

I was just thinking of our WONDERFUL Signore Morelli and was deeply saddened to learn that he had just passed away I do not know what made me look him up since I rarely do things like this. I can't help but think it was his kind heart that nudged me to do so and his way of connecting with his children (students) so that we might connect with YOU and let YOU know what he meant to SO MANY.

He was my Italian high school teacher at Lowell. Each...

Mrs. Morelli and family,

Mr. Morelli was my Italian Language teacher at Woodrow Wilson High I came to America as a young girl and therefore wanted to expand my native language. He was a patient and wonderful teacher, shared many stories and made the language come alive. Will never forget his tours of North Beach and Coit Tower. During the Christmas Holidays, he would bring the traditional Torrone(nougat candy)to class to share and talk about Holiday family Traditions.

Famiglia Morelli ,

Commendatore Bruno un Cavaliere Sevente.

He welcomed me into the service of teaching students, stood up for and embraced his principles to the point that he took a leave from teaching, convinced the administration that I could teach Italian , gave me a Collins It -Eng dictionary and in secret continued to tutor his students.

Mary, I've NEVER seen a happier man when he told me that you accepted to share you life with him.


Mr. Morelli was my homeroom teacher. He was one of those teachers you never forget. I still think of him from time to time. He was an awesome mentor and guide. Kind, thoughtful, empathetic and truly capable of instilling a love of learning.

Mr. Morelli was my Italian language teacher for a year in 1989-1990 at Lowell. I often remember his hunor and kindness in class...and his patience. He made learning fun with stories and explanations. I have memories of spotting him in the hallways with his blue turtleneck and blazer, always with a usual smiley "hello/ciao" as he hurriedly moved from one area of the campus to the other. Always, the memories of him as a teacher are fond ones, he will be missed...

A humble and soft spoken champion of the challenged and neglected, that was Mr. Morelli - and how he ROCKS that tuxedo! He and Mary mentored my daughter during her school years at St. Vincent de Paul. They were both amazing Angels.