GIANCARLO ROBERTO FERRUZZI
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San Antonio, TX

At age 81, our beloved husband, father, grandfather Roberto, went to be with The Lord on 30 December 2021. To us he was a living example of an American success story. Born in Florence, Italy during WWII he immigrated to the United States at the age of 17. He would often say, "I was very fortunate to have been born in Italy and to become an American citizen, two of the most beautiful countries in the world".

Additionally, he loved living in Helotes. After retirement, he and his wife, Gloria attended a culinary school in Olivello, Italy to be able to open Pizzeria Venti in Helotes. He loved being in the restaurant to enjoy conversation with friends old and new. With a big smile, he would exclaim, "To me, I hit the jackpot. It's like being home. There are two things I love, food and people and they're both here".

Music was a strong part of his life. He played the harmonica, guitar and piano and loved to sing. As a young parent he could sing his boys to sleep or entertain them with songs during lengthy car trips to their soccer games. While working and being an active and loving parent, Roberto distinguished himself by graduating "Cum Laude" with a double major in English and Spanish from Trinity University. As a graduate student he worked at his Alma Maters, Trinity University and San Antonio College in the Language Departments teaching Italian and Spanish Language and Culture. He continued with his studies graduating from Trinity University in 1976, earning a Master of Arts degree in Latin-American Studies. He so enjoyed meeting and communicating with people at home and abroad that he went on to learn five additional languages.

Roberto started his career with the United States Air Force as a Manager Trainee assigned to the Contracting Directorate. His pursuit of excellence and love for this country is best demonstrated by his impressive career progression as he rose from a trainee to a General Manager during his years of civil service. He was assigned to highly skilled, demanding and extremely diversified positions, ranging from awarding contracts for the procurement and repair of aircraft engines to awarding contracts to employ disabled Americans, which he executed flawlessly resulting in his appointment as "Contracting Officer," with unlimited purchasing warrant and a Top Secret Security Classification.

His devotion to duty and contributions to the Air Force Mission netted him many significant appointments, performance awards and awards such as the $500 Million Club; San Antonio Federal Executive Association, EEO Award; The Quality Peer Award; Recipient of the Chairman Award from the Air Force Materiel Command in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Community of Persons with severe disabilities.

Roberto enjoyed involvement in numerous civic and professional organizations. As an avid soccer player and coach, he gave many hours of his personal time to coach several age groups from all socio-economic levels. When coaching youth teams, oftentimes children could not afford to buy cleats or would not have transportation to attend practices and games. Coach Ferruzzi would buy their cleats and give them rides to/from the soccer fields. On the other side of the spectrum, he coached the River City Defenders Soccer Team consisting of highly professional individuals, including the Mayor of San Antonio, State Representative, City Council members, Doctors, Restaurateurs and other businessmen.

So proud of his Italian heritage and love of people, he assisted the Italian Community in a variety of services on a volunteer basis. As an elected officer of the Com.it.es (Committee for Italians abroad), he was instrumental in bringing or spearheading scholastic, humanitarian and religious projects to San Antonio. Among those:

*An Italian library on loan in perpetuity to the University of Our Lady of the Lake from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Italian Consul General. This was the first time that an institution of higher learning in the Southwest had been granted an Italian library.

*The Abruzzo Relief Fund to aid victims of the 2009 earthquake. He was appointment by the Consul General of Italy to be the focal point for collection of contributions and donations in the San Antonio area, this quake was the deadliest in nearly three decades, killing hundreds of people.

*The first Memorial Mass held in the United States that honored police officers and firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty in both Venice and San Antonio. Known as the Progetto Memoria this ceremony was celebrated in April 2009. The Venice Police Dept. extended an Act of Christian brotherhood to our Police Dept. and an icon of the Madonna della Sfida (Our Lady of Challenge) was given to our church.

In October 2010, the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, awarded our dear Roberto the highest honor bestowed by the Italian government with a "Cavalierato" (knighthood) with the title of Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity. This was to recognize those expatriates who made an outstanding contribution to the reconstruction of Italy after WWII in the preservation and promotion of national prestige abroad.

Roberto is survived by Gloria, his loving wife of 58 years; his devoted sons, Dr. Giancarlo (Kristina), Marco (Zaida) McKinney, TX; his grandchildren, Giancarlo Marco, Ysabella Ana, Diego Roberto, Gemma Carina, Gianna, and Gabriella

SERVICES: Visitation will begin on Monday, January 10th at 5:30pm with a Rosary to be recited at 6:30pm at the Angelus Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 11th at 12 Noon at San Francesco di Paola Catholic Church, 205 Piazza Italia. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery at Cordi Marian at 11624 Culebra Rd.

MEMORIAL

CONTRIBUTIONS: In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert's name to his beloved church San Francesco di Paola would be greatly appreciated.

Condolences may be sent to the Ferruzzi family at www.theangelusfuneralhome.com



Published by Express-News on Jan. 9, 2022.
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I worked for Roberto and Gloria as a server at their restaurant Pizzeria Venti in Helotes from 2011-2013. I remember Roberto for his warmth, wittiness, and quickness-to-laugh. He was always keen on making a fresh round of bruschetta in the kitchen, and walking around to different tables to offer customers a taste of his basil-loaded speciality. I think back on my time spent in the restaurant with Gloria and Roberto fondly, and always felt a sense of kindredness in their presence. Sending my deepest love and condolences to the Ferruzzi family.
Rachel Veale
Friend
January 16, 2022
A true gentleman in every sense of the word. Calm and always dignified in everything he said and did. I don’t believe I have ever met two finer people than Roberto and Gloria. My deepest and most sincere condolences.
Franco Contaldo
Friend
January 12, 2022
To Gloria, Giancarlo Jr and Marco sending our prayers to your Husband, Father and Friend. Such a great person we meet years ago I remember Mr. Ferruzzi taught and coached the neighborhood kids soccer in the early 80s. He was a true soccer advocate in San Antonio, Texas. Rest in Peace and Blessing to the whole Ferruzzi Family. From Carlos Roberto Rodriguez Family Gloria, Eunice, Carlos Jr., Mimi, Renee, Gary, Joseph and Patrick
Gary G Rodriguez
Friend
January 11, 2022
You will be missed Mr. Ferruzzi. God Bless The Family. Grew up with the family 25 plus years plus he played Soccer with us for many years and Marco plus John Carlo. God Bless and RIP. The Carlos R. Rodriguez Family.
Renée Rodriguez
Friend
January 11, 2022
Dearest Gloria, God bless you with strength and comfort in the passing of your beloved Roberto. I met Roberto much later in life when we were all retired. The thing I admired most about him was how he embraced his many gifts and talents. And yet, he made me feel as though I had known him a lot more time ago. We, the prayer group, were so fortunate to witness his joy of life and faith in the Lord. Please extend my condolences to Giancarlo, Marco, their spouses and children. What a beautiful family you have with precious memories with Roberto. Those memories are your treasures. I will be with you in spirit during the services and beyond - Maria Aurora Cuellar.
Maria Aurora Cuellar
Friend
January 10, 2022
Gloria,
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We were so sad to hear about Mr. Ferruzzi’s passing. May his memories bring you and your family comfort. Prayer for strength and comfort.
Ruben & Yolanda Davila
( Dennler Dr. next door neighbors )
Ruben & Yolanda Davila
Friend
January 10, 2022
Dear Gloria plus family. So sorry to learn about Roberto’s passing. He was a great man who as an American represented Italy at its best. May Roberto Rest In Peace! My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Soren Teilmann
Soren Teilmann
Acquaintance
January 10, 2022
Roberto was a great soccer player and teammate on the Pearl International club. I am glad I had a chance to be on the team with him.
David Stolarski
Friend
January 10, 2022
Sorry for your loss Ferruzzi family- I know your Mr. Ferruzzi was loved by many and impacted so many people along his life's journey. May the Lord be with you during these challenging times. Take care & God Bless!
Jack Johnson
Friend
January 10, 2022
Tom Snead and family
January 10, 2022
What a wonderful person, Bob. Bob was my first supervisor at Kelly AFB and friends for life. He taught me so much about life itself. Always in a good mood and jolly soul, Bob made a beautiful difference in everyone's life. RIP and know you will be missed.

My condolences to the entire Ferruzzi Family.

Marina
marina valdez
Friend
January 10, 2022
Always smiling, that is how we will always remember Roberto. Never have known a more pleasant, calm and loving man to all he met. You will be so greatly missed. We Love you. May you rest in peace with our Lord and the angels. Richard and Janice Hobbs and family
Hobbs
Friend
January 9, 2022
Gloria, and the entire Ferruzzi family, we send our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Roberto. May the Savior’s loving arms and promises of eternal life provide comfort and peace to you. Roberto left an impressive legacy of work, education, and service to others but it was his kind and thoughtful way and his infectious laughter that will be missed most. My family and I will continue to keep you in prayer. Rest In Peace, Roberto.

Daniel, Yolanda De Los Santos & Family
Yolanda De Los Santos
Friend
January 9, 2022
Mr Ferruzzi brought a sense of light heartedness and fun to a demanding job in Contracting at Kelly AFB. He was a great boss. My deepest condolences and Prayers for his family.
Mary Ann Amaro
Work
January 9, 2022
I have great memories of Mr. Ferruzzi from the 1980’s on the soccer field! What a great legacy he has left and reading about a life well lived brought a smile to my face. Giancarlo and family must be proud.
David M. Adelman
Friend
January 9, 2022
Gloria and family, prayers and condolences with hugs. Robert, your dear love of many years, your caring for him is much rewarded. As the days pass, his Angel present remains close to be with you. Each day moving forward, family and friends bring strength and comfort as we all know Robert is healed. Eternal rest be unto you Robert as your faith sustained you. Peace friend.
Thank you Gloria for being Robert’s Angel.
Betty
Betty R Chrisman
Friend
January 9, 2022
Sending sincere condolences to you, Gloria
Sincerely Rose Marie and Anthony Arabia.
Rose Marie Arabia
Friend
January 8, 2022
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Gerald Vinson
Friend
January 8, 2022
My most sincere condolences to the Ferruzzi family.
Joe Devora
Friend
January 8, 2022
Robert was a good friend. We had no business dealings at Kelly AFB, but we got to know each other and took an instant liking to one other. He was a wonderful person and his ability in languages was very impressive. We will see you again in heaven, old friend.
Charles & Pat Jurek
Friend
January 7, 2022
Roberto was a remarkable man who when given the opportunity was able to embody the American dream. Backed by drive and determination he made the most of all that America had to offer him. This resulted in many diverse achievements and the development of his many talents as is so eloquently outlined in his obituary. On many occasions when faced with a difficult situation, particularly in meetings of the local Italian Community, I was fortunate to witness Roberto’s calming nature and ability to neutralize emotions, identify the problem, and facilitate a resolution acceptable by all. So, we have to add patience and diplomacy to his list of many admirable traits. Even though he was well educated, commanded a variety of talents, achieved distinction in his career and was respected for his civic accomplishments, he was a most unassuming character who always made you feel at home no matter who you were. He was a true friend and so for this and many other reasons I have no doubt that he was greeted at the gates of heaven by our Lord with the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” He will be missed by all who know him especially those in the Italian Community. Addio per ora amico mio fino a quando non ci incontreremo di nuovo. Good by for now my friend until we meet again.

Our condolences to Gloria, Giancarlo, Marco and the entire Ferruzzi family during this most difficult time. May he Rest in Peace.

Jay Pantusa and Paul Mack
Jay Pantusa
Friend
January 7, 2022
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