Frank P. Bertolacci
Frank P. Bertolacci of Half Moon Bay died March 30 at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City, at age 88 and following a long battle with leukemia.
Born Aug. 26, 1916 in Miramar to Giovanni and Sabina Bertolacci, Mr. Bertolacci was raised on the Coastside farming with his father when he was young. When he was 16, his father died, and he had to run the ranch, where the family grew sprouts and artichokes.
During World War II, he farmed Coastside hills, growing flax and vetch, a plant of the pea family grown largely for fodder, for the war effort.
He then became a part-owner of the Dan's Place restaurant in Moss Beach, until the 1950s. Married once previously, he remarried in the early 1960s and became self-employed doing remodeling work on many Coastside homes.
In the early 1990s, he moved to
Dos Palos for a brief time before returning to Half Moon Bay to live the rest of his life in the house where he was born.
Mr. Bertolacci is survived by his wife, Gene Bertolacci of Half Moon Bay, his son Richard Bertolacci of Silverdale, Wash., and a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Edward Andreini of Half Moon Bay.
He is also survived by four grandchildren: Anthony Bertolacci and wife Shanette of Kent, Wash., Lisa Bertolacci of Bremerton, Wash., Edward Andreini and wife Sandra of Half Moon Bay and Mario Andreini and wife Gina of El Granada. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Gregory and Liam Bertolacci of Washington, Courtney, Emma, Nico, Dominic and Sabina Andreini of Half Moon Bay, a sister, Adeline Dominici of Moss Beach, and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass was held Monday at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church in Half Moon Bay.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society.
Bob Frediani discovered percussion at a young age, and kept the beat going from then on.
"That was his life," said his son, Rob Frediani of Half Moon Bay.
Mr. Frediani died April 2, surrounded by his loved ones.
He "touched many hearts throughout his life, and especially here on the Coastside," said his family.
Mr. Frediani's "beat" began, they added, in San Francisco on April 30, 1935, when parents Bee and Carl and sister Violet welcomed him into their lives.
It was not long after that that the rhythm of his life became known.
"When Bob was a child, he was given a toy drum and a beautiful handmade sweater. He covered the drum with the sweater at night, and his musical history began," said Mr. Frediani's wife of 33 years, Shirley Frediani of Montara.
Mr. Frediani graduated from Balboa High School in San Francisco and continued his studies at Heald Business College. But his true talent and passion was always music, said his family.
Specifically, he studied percussion and vibes. He "was valued by his peers as one of the best musicians in the Bay Area," his family said.
"Even Uncle Sam enjoyed his talents in the 1950s," they noted, when Mr. Frediani played with the United States Army Band.
After his service, he became a drum instructor at Angelo's House of Music, where he and Shirley met. They were engaged two days later. They married in 1970 and moved to Montara, where they lived since.
Mr. Frediani continued as an instructor at Drum World in San Francisco. Eventually, he taught exclusively on the Coastside.
A member of the musicians' union, Mr. Frediani also performed with many groups, playing many different kinds of music.
"He played for anyone and everyone. He loved music anytime," said his son, Rob. "Just about every genre of music, for organized events, for parades, weddings, parties."
He practiced his craft every day, his family noted, and when asked why, would simply answer, "To keep up my chops, man." He loved to jam with buddies, and was humble when recognized for his students' achievements.
"Bob leaves behind many friends and family whom he adored with all his heart," said his family.
Mr. Frediani is survived by his wife, Shirley Frediani, of Montara, and his sons and daughters-in-law, Rob and Christina Frediani of Half Moon Bay and Matt and Eleni Frediani of Oakland.
"We will miss this beautiful man and his incredible wit and charm," said his family. "The legacy of his life, his music, and love for us will long endure ... as his 'beat' goes on."
In lieu of flowers, the family asked that contributions be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, c/o Dana Booth, 247 Leota Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086.
Erick Friedman, renowned violinist, Grammy Award-winner, Yale professor and father of El Granada resident Brian, whose last name was withheld for privacy reasons, died March 30 in New Haven, Conn., at age 64, due to cancer.
Mr. Friedman was one of the country's most renowned violinists and a professor of violin at Yale School of Music.
Mr. Friedman was a child prodigy who started to play violin at 6 and went on to study at Juilliard. He was also one of the few pupils of renowned violinist Jascha Heifetz, with whom he recorded Bach's double violin concerto in 1961 for RCA. That marked the beginning of his notable professional career.
Mr. Friedman performed throughout the world as a recitalist and soloist. He appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony, the orchestras of New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Miami, Detroit, Indianapolis, the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and many other major world orchestras.
Some of the celebrated conductors with whom he collaborated included Karajan, Stokowski, Steinberg, Leinsdorf, Previn and Ozawa. He recorded for RCA with the Boston, Chicago and London symphonies, and his recordings of Bach Sonatas for Violin and Clavecin, and the Franck and Debussy Sonatas, received Grammy nominations.
In 1996, Mr. Friedman won a Grammy Award for his participation in the BMG/RCA-CD set of all the recordings of Jascha Heifetz. In November 2000, he also received the Ignace J. Paderewski Award for Distinguished Contributions to Society and Culture.
Mr. Friedman is survived by his wife, Lu, of New Haven, and his son Brian, daughter-in-law Laura, and grandchildren Noah and Rachel, all of El Granada. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Stuart and Dolly Friedman, and nephews Sander, Seth and Stephen, all of Boca Raton, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Mr. Friedman's memory to the American Cancer Society.
Nicholas V. Remillong
Nicholas V. Remillong died peacefully in his sleep early on March 27 at Seton Medical Center Coastside where he had been battling an illness. He was 73.
Mr. Remillong was born in Glendive, Mont. In 1975, he moved to Half Moon Bay, where he met and married his wife, Gloria Centoni.
Mr. Remillong worked in electronics for 26 years with the San Mateo School District. He ran audio-visual equipment and provided other services with electronics for the district.
In his spare time, according to his wife, Mr. Remillong enjoyed working with videocassette recorders.
"Nick was a quiet and kind-hearted man, and will be missed by all," said his wife.
Mr. Remillong is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gloria Remillong, of Half Moon Bay.
"It was great to have him all that time," his wife said.
Mr. Remillong is also survived by his children Keith Remillong of Mountain View, Randy Remillong of Livermore and Tracy Remillong of Half Moon Bay. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Shane, Brittany, Chad, Ashley, Jonathan and Melinda, and great-grandchild Neveah (which is "heaven" spelled backward), born to grandson Shane.
Services were held Saturday at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church in Half Moon Bay.