Edward Joseph Tempone
January 9, 1937 - January 28, 2021
Edward Joseph Tempone, a loving husband for 64 years, a wonderful and amazing father of three daughters, a nonno and bisnonno, and a passionate caretaker of classic cars, peacefully passed away on January 28, 2021 from complications of cancer.
A lifelong resident of California, Ed was born on January 9, 1937 in San Francisco, CA to William Tempone Sr. and Manuella Alcaraz. He was the oldest brother to siblings William Jr. and Bobby. Ed was a graduate of San Francisco's Balboa High School (Class of 1954,) which was a place of fond memories that he spoke about frequently throughout his life. At Balboa, he met his to-be wife, Irma Giudici. The couple married in 1957.
After serving in the US Navy Reserve, Ed became a delivery man for Airborne Express, and proudly joined Teamsters, Local 85. He retired after 43 years. Driving a truck for a living fit perfectly with his passion for automobiles. He and his brother Bill enjoyed working together in restoring vintage cars to factory quality, and Ed's hard work on a 1964 Thunderbird earned awards (including 1st Place, Stock '63-'68, at the 2002 Russian River Car Show.)
More than cars, though, he loved the camaraderie of people. Ed was a member of the Peninsula Italian American Social Club and Golden Gate Street Machines Unlimited, and he participated in charity events benefitting the Ronald McDonald House and other programs.
"Nono Ed" died in his sleep at home in San Mateo, CA, surrounded by family. He was survived by his wife, Irma, three daughters, Sue Nix, Laura Camilleri (Eddie), and Christina Tempone; four grandchildren, Marc Nix, Becky Peterson (RJ), Cassandra Holman (Ryan), and Nicholas Camilleri; a two-year-old great-granddaughter, Finley Holman; and his brother Bill (Juanita).
Ed's life & friendships will be honored in a celebration of life when gatherings are possible again.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 3 to Feb. 7, 2021.