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Santo "Duggie” William Tarantino

August 11, 1925 ~ January 27, 2019 (age 93)

Santo William (Duggie) Tarantino, passed away at his home in Monterey on January 27, 2019 surrounded by his family. Duggie is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Rose (Randazzo), Daughter, Nancy (Stuart) Iliffe of Florida, Sons Gus (Jeanne), Steve and Duggie Jr. of Monterey, ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother Augustino (Tino) Tarantino of Fort Bragg, California. 
Born in Monterey on August 11, 1925, his parents were Nancy San Fillippo who was born in Santa Nicola LReina Sicily and Augustino Tarantino of San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily and Fort Bragg, California.
Duggie married the love of his life, Rose Randazzo in 1945 after a two year courtship. He also became a part of the large happy family of Cosimo and Francis Randazzo. They enjoyed celebrating holidays, camping in Big Sur in the 50's & 60's, and traveling all over the US and Europe together for over 70 years. He will be missed by his sister in law Pansy Belleci,(Vince), Eva Flores (Les) and Christine and Carmelo Tringali of Monterey.
In 1940 at the age of fourteen, Duggie's uncle Santo Scardina took him fishing for the first time on his boat "The Sea King" and a year later, uncle Peter San Fillippo gave him his first fishing opportunity on the purseiner "Brittannica". Duggie's love for the ocean endured for the rest of his life. It took him to Mexico and Costa Rica before 1950 and in 1952 he and his father in law, Cosimo Randazzo made their first trip to Alaska to fish for Salmon in Bristol Bay. He loved fishing in Nak Nek Alaska with Albert Mangiapane for more than 25 years and in 1980 his new boat, "The Rambling Rose," was christened and Duggie's three sons joined him to fish for salmon every summer until his retirement in 1997. 
Duggie also fished on the 76Ft Monterey purseiner "The New Roma" off shore in 1945 California until one chilly morning in 1969 when the boat suddenly capsized without warning after the crew loaded fifty tons of anchovy on board. Duggie was able to fire off a mayday and the crew was miraculously rescued by the crew of the "Vitina A" after an agonizing 35 minutes in the frigid waters of Monterey Bay.
Duggie was a charter member of the Giovanotti Club and he enjoyed cooking for various charitable events for many years. He was also a member of the Compari Club, The Italian Catholic Federation, The Moose Lodge, The Elks Club and he was proud to be selected as Grand Marshall for the Festa Italia in 2003. His favorite pastimes included playing golf with the Pacific Grove Seniors, never missing his grandsons Little League baseball games and especially cooking for friends and family. 
The Tarantino family wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation and love for our dedicated care givers Malinda Paul, Korihna Carius, Norma Semes, Yolanda Campos, Elisiva Jimenez, Juliette Lopez and Joyce Tropet. They have become a part of our family.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his memory to: VNA Hospice, PO Box 2480, Monterey, CA. 93942-2480.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 10:00am at San Carlos Cathedral.

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