Vito Spadaro, 81, passed away peacefully Friday, January 25, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. While each of us is heartbroken, we are profoundly grateful for the impact he had on his family and friends during his rich and full life. Nothing made him happier than having his beloved family and friends around the table to enjoy a wonderful meal and share stories together. Although a man of few words, he was known for his witty sense of humor and mischievous ways.
Vito leaves behind his loving wife of 60 years, Pat, their three daughters Geralynn, Marielena, and Michelle, his four grandchildren Romina, Michela, Francesco, and Gianvito, as well as his great-grandchildren DeNae and JurNee. He also leaves behind many other extended family members and dear friends.
As a lifelong resident of Monterey, he spent his childhood amongst the tight-knit Sicilian community. It was during his time on the varsity football team at Monterey High School that he became an avid sports enthusiast that carried with him throughout his entire life. After graduating from high school, he took up the family business of commercial fishing until opening up his first restaurant in downtown Monterey known as “Kit-Kat” in 1960, and then later proceeded with his other restaurants “Spadaro’s” and “Tutto Buono”. After retiring from a long and successful career in the restaurant industry, he spent his days cooking, gardening, traveling, having morning coffee with his friends, and rooting on his grandchildren at their sports events. Vito was passionate about bringing people together to celebrate holiday traditions such as cooking ‘spingis’, making pasta, and sharing his homemade limoncello. A humble and generous man, he volunteered his time with many local organizations, such as the Spaghetti Hill Gang, Festa Italia, Lenten Dinners at Madonna Del Sasso, Compari Club, Amici Club, Italian Athletic Club in San Francisco, ICF, and The John Spadaro Youth Foundation, which was created in honor of his late son, John Spadaro.
Vito touched the lives of all those who had the privilege of knowing him. We will miss him dearly.
A recitation of the rosary is scheduled for 6:30pm at San Carlos Cathedral on Thursday, January 31. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 1st at 10am also at San Carlos Cathedral.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the John Spadaro Youth Foundation, 2170 Trapani Circle, Monterey, CA 93940.
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