During the Depression my dad and his parents moved to Buffalo, New York (the BIG CITY!) for better job opportunities. My dad did not adjust well to the big city or to school and this is where he started to develop his humor. He became the class clown! His sense of humor continued throughout his life until the day before his passing.
In 1948 he joined the Navy on the ship Valley Forge and went off to help fight the Korean War. He never did see battle but forged some of his best long-term friendships.
Friendships and family were very important to him and he went out of his way to call, email and maintain those relationships.
My dad and mom, Reva, married April 28, 1956 and had four children: Susan, Stephen, Diana and Debra. He is survived by his wife, Reva, of Palo Alto, California; his daughter, Susan Baffico, of Moab; Debra, son-in-law Gilles, and two grandkids, Kayla and Alek of San Carlos, California; and his brother, Bill and his wife, Sylvia, of Fort Myers, Florida.
He was very proud of his two grandchildren Kayla and Alek. He adored Kayla and she was always his “little kewpie doll” with her award-winning smile and personality, but Alek was his playmate and they always enjoyed joking around, playing basketball and sharing Alek’s newest creation of the day.
My dad had many different careers: bartender, stationery store manager and finally a life insurance agent with New York Life. His career as a life insurance agent lasted for more than 40 years and he retired at 75. He found some of his lifelong friends in his clients and his church, the Peninsula Bible Church.
He would always say that the highlight of his life was receiving Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He practiced his faith on a daily basis and “walked his talk.”
My dad was a larger-than-life force in the world and he will leave an empty space in the life of his family and friends but will never be forgotten. He passed peacefully on Nov. 28 to be with his Lord and Savior.
We would like to express our gratitude to the Avant Independent Living Facility, The Palo Alto Commons and to his wonderful caregivers from Best Senior Companions. The family would like you to join us at Peninsula Bible Church, 2505 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 for a celebration of life.
We love you, Daddio.