Urban Quinto Spediacci
July 26, 1929 - August 15, 2021
Resident of Pleasant Hill
Our Rock. A giant of a man who put family first, always.
Urban Quinto Spediacci, 92, son of Dolores and Bano Spediacci, was born and raised in the Excelsior District of San Francisco and a longtime resident of South San Francisco and Brentwood. Urban passed away peacefully on August 15, 2021. He is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Mary Jean. He was "Pops" to his four children, Clifford (Shirley) Spediacci, Rita Jean Spediacci, Steve (Kathy) Spediacci, and Linda Albertoni Engman (Dave), and "Popeye" to three grandchildren, Monica and Dominic Albertoni and Sean Morrison.
Urban was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Korean War as part of the 15th Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. Among other awards, he earned the Combat Infantry Badge and two Bronze Service Stars. He later worked at Reliable Lithographs in San Francisco for 32 years. He had a keen eye for colors and was respected for his craft.
Urban was an avid outdoorsman. He cherished times fishing and hunting with his sons and was an award-winning trap shooter at Lake Merced Gun Club, Fort Mason, South San Francisco and Brentwood Rod and Gun Clubs. In his devotion to family, he and Mary Jean planned unforgettable family vacations for 22 straight years at Bucks Lake. In retirement, they took up camping, traveling on more than 200 trips where along the way they found Eagle Lake as their new special corner of the world.
Urban was a little league baseball coach in South San Francisco for 14 years and made an indelible impact on many players. Later, as a proud and devoted grandfather, he rarely ever missed a swim meet, soccer match, baseball game, or even the smallest moment in the lives of his grandchildren. Popeye was the consummate coach, no matter the sport. They were his everything and he was more, so much more, than a grandfather to them. He was Popeye not only to them, but to all of their friends, as well.
Pops taught us all what it meant to put family first. To be truly devoted, to love and be loved. His smile was infectious and was matched only by his laugh. He was a giant in our eyes. Joy, love, and fun followed him wherever he went. He was truly everyone's Pops. His passing leaves a huge void in our hearts, but we carry on holding his memory dear and continuing his legacy of family first, always.
A private service will be held with interment at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. The family requests donations be made in Urban's memory to Kainos Home and Training Center, 3631 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City, CA 94062, or Shriners Hospital for Children
– Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817. Arrangements by Neptune Society of Northern California. View the online memorial for Urban Quinto Spediacci
Published by East Bay Times on Aug. 29, 2021.