- 91 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 30, 1920
- Place of birth:
Homeworth, Ohio, United States
- Date of passing: Oct 14, 2012
- Place of passing:
San Luis Obispo, California, United States
|Those who knew Al will never forget his generosity of spirit, love of family, integrity, and creativity. His life enriched ours beyond measure.|
Albert J. Faustini, 91, passed away Sunday, October 14, in a San Luis Obispo hospital.
Al was born in a rustic family farmhouse in Homeworth, Ohio in October 1920 to Paul and Aurora Faustini, the youngest of four siblings. He grew up in Ohio and Florida, graduating from Miami Beach Senior High School. After serving in the Army Signal Corps in World War II, Al received a degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1947.
After graduation, Al worked for General Electric in Buffalo, NY, where he met Alice Kuczka, whom he married in 1954. Shortly thereafter, the couple embarked on a 14-month adventure, driving around the US, Mexico and Canada in a milk truck that Al converted into a camper dubbed “The Happy Wanderer” before RVs had been invented.
A business opportunity brought Al and Alice to Oakland, California in 1957, where they settled and raised their four children: Paul, Kathy, John, and Mary. Al had a long and successful career as an engineer, working for Photon Inc., American Optical, Berkeley Scientific Laboratories, Oximetrics Corp., and Abbott Laboratories, retiring in 1989. He was the holder of several patents.
Al was a man of integrity and generosity. A lifelong Catholic, Al was an active parishioner at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Oakland for four decades, serving as a lector for many years. He often said that his greatest joy in life was his children. He loved the outdoors and went on many camping and backpacking trips with his family, the last at the age of 86 to Yellowstone. He was an avid skier and hit the slopes into his 70s.
After retirement Al fulfilled a lifetime dream, building his own home in Placerville, where he enjoyed the woodlands, puttered, read, and relaxed. In 2007 he moved to San Luis Obispo to live with his daughter Kathy and her husband Dave and their daughters. He was a familiar sight to the neighbors as he took daily walks with Flip and Apache through the neighborhood and into Prefumo Canyon.
Al is survived by his brother John Faustini (Doris) of Jacksonville, Fl., son Paul Faustini of West Hartford Ct., daughter Kathy Keil (Dave) of San Luis Obispo, son John Faustini (Jeanne Negley) of Atlanta Ga., and daughter Mary Price (Rand) of Eagle River, Ak., and by granddaughters Michaela and Kaitlyn Keil.
by Raymond Carver
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
This poem speaks to the life of Al, a dear man, father of my dear son in law. I miss him."
"I don't visit this page often, but today is Dad's birthday. I still miss you Dad. But I carry you in my heart and think of you, especially when doing things I know you would have enjoyed doing too, like hiking in beautiful country."
"I always enjoyed visits from Uncle Al. He always brought a fresh perspective. I for one of many will miss him."
"We remember Uncle Al as always ready with a laugh, always positive. He was also quite the card player. Dad would joke that he looked forward to winning "California quarters" from Uncle Al during his annual Florida visits, but I don't think he lost too many pinochle games, or quarters, to Mom or Dad! All of us have so many great memories of Uncle Al! Love, Steve, Holly, Joey and Becca"
"My best wishes to family. Al & I joined RAMs (Retired Active Men) on the same day. We had good chats about his house in the mountains, and he seemed to adjust well to moving to be near family. Great smile, nice man. I wish I had known about his milk truck, as I could have shared stories about our bread truck!! Remember happy memories."
"I feel extraordinarily blessed for knowing Al, having spent delightful hours in his company, playing games, laughing at his stories, enjoying his delicious cooking, and watching his amazing energy as he puttered around his son John's house. The world is a better place, not only for those he loved so dearly, his family, but for those of us "on the fringes". You are greatly missed, Dear Al"
"You were one in a million,in the "Greatest Generation". Your loud laugh,big hugs,and intensity for living will be forever missed. Thank you for your service, Thank you for your visits, and most of all thank you for being my UNCLE AL... Happy Birthday and God bless."
"We will miss Uncle Al's wonderful laugh and most amazing hugs! His visits in November were a tradition we Florida Faustinis anticipated each year, but they never seemed long enough. We do have such fond memories of our dear Uncle Al."
"I was very fortunate to grow up having him as my Uncle. He was truly a wonderful person with such joy and filled with love. We all looked forward to seeing him on his visits to the east coast and we had happy times when we went ‘out west’ and saw him. We will miss him, his smile and positive spirit but the memories will always make us smile and feel brighter."
"Such a great Uncle..Always loved it when he came to Alliance. He always was taking things apart and fixing things. Took Margaret and me horseback riding at Whiteleather's and did other fun things. Whenever any Faustinis came to town we had to visit "the farm" in North Georgetown. He brought us some of the first Silly Putty that was accidentally invented where he worked."
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