Friday, January 11, 2008

FERNANDO MORO; FIGLIO DELLA COSTA - 'FIGLIO DI FERRO'



Photo: Fernando Moro (forefront) sitting atop his 'Angry Beast' with side-kick Joe Alves, in Santa Cruz, c.1950. (Courtsey Fernando Moro Family Collection).


FERNANDO MORO, THE LAST OF ‘THE FIGLI DI FERRO’ (SONS OF IRON) PASSED AWAY LAST TUESDAY. BELOW IS HIS OBITUARY AS IT APPEARED
IN THE SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL:


Services will be Monday for Fernando Moro who passed away January 8, 2008 at a local hospital. He was 86.
He was born in Tulare, California and moved to Davenport as a child. He grew up in Davenport where he attended school. In 1958 he married Gloria Lippi and the couple moved to Santa Cruz where he has lived since. He worked many years for Lonestar Industries in Davenport as a brick mason and retired in 1981. He enjoyed camping and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He was a longtime member of the Marconi Club.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gloria Moro of Santa Cruz; two sisters, Yoli Chavez of Santa Cruz and Mary Brown of Santa Cruz. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Fred Moro. Services will be held Monday January 14, 2008 at Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel, 1050 Cayuga St, Santa Cruz, CA at 2:00 pm. Viewing hours will be at Pacific Gardens Chapel on Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, 2271 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA.


Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on 1/11/2008.


IVANO SAYS:


AS FAR AS I KNOW FERNANDO, THE ELDEST SON IN A FURLAN FAMILY (SILVIO AND ELENA MORO OF DAVENPORT), WAS THE LAST LIVING MEMBER OF “THE FIGLI DI FERRO”, A LOOSE KNIT MOTORCYCLE GROUP THAT RODE THE HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS SU PER LA COSTA. AS I WRITE IN ‘LA NOSTRA COSTA’ (P.178) THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE GROUP WERE JOE GEMIGNANI, (MY UNCLE), FRED DIMEO, AND ALBIE ROSSI. ALL ARE GONE NOW; ONLY THE MEMORIES ARE LEFT FOR US TO REMEMBER THEM BY .

FERNANDO WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES DURING WWII. IN 1944, HE WAS CAPTURED AND MADE A PRISONER-OF-WAR BY THE GERMANS. HE REMAINED THEIR PRISONER UNTIL THE END OF THE WAR IN MARCH 1945.

WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW IS WHAT I WROTE IN ‘LA NOSTRA COSTA’ ABOUT FERNANDO MORO (LNC: P 180):


“I thought that Fernando had the best motorcycle of the group, and he always kept it in pristine condition. His motorcycle was also one of the loudest. You could hear Fernando coming from a very long way off. He usually started his journey from his home in Davenport and came south on the Coast Road. I can still remember the vibrating sound of his motorcycle approaching the gulch, then quickly descending into il buco before roaring up the steep grade. Rushing to the side of the road, I would see Fernando, perhaps for only a split second-hunched over on the handlebars, dressed in a black leather jacket and black leather pilot’s hat with the goggles pulled over his eyes -flashing by with
a burst of speed. On his trip back from Santa Cruz, I could hear the roar of his motorcycle as it approached the bend near the Rodoni Ranch. Whoosh! Like il vento, Fernando and his motorcycle blew by the house, going down into the gulch and up the grade on the other side. All the while his motorcycle’s engine roared like and angry, attacking beast. I continued to listen to its loud growling sound until it faded completely away, su per la costa. I swear that, on a quiet evening, I could hear that “angry beast” all the way up to Davenport.” *

ADDIO FERNANDO MORO. MAY YOU RIDE ONCE AGAIN CON IL VENTO.

*Copyrighted by Ivano Franco Comelli, and appears in his book “La Nostra Costa” (Our Coast), ‘A Family’s Journey To And From The North Coast of Santa Cruz’, published by
Authorhouse,www.authorhouse.com

6 comments:

Jaio said...

How this shows that the time is passing by!

Ivano Franco Comelli said...

Yes jaio: Father Marini (A Figlio della Costa) who presided at Fernando's funeral yesterday, happen to mention that to me. At the Holy Cross Cemetary he said, "All those people you write about in your book are right here with us today". How true. I was a young boy when I witnessed the "actions" of the "Figli Di Ferro". They were in their early twenties. Now they have all crossed over "Il Ultimo Ponte" to be with others who have gone before them Addio
Figli di Ferro. ivano

furlan said...

If you want to learn furlan is possible also a e-learning.
You can try with http://www.lenghe.net/furlanfacil.php
you can see http://fur.wikipedia.org/
There is a friulan-english dictionary but not use the right grafia
http://www.unilibro.it/find_buy/findresult/libreria/prodotto-libro/autore-nazzi_gianni_.htm
You can see http://ilfurlanist.splinder.com/
Mandi

Canadian Furlan said...

Ivano my fellow Furlan. Excellent photograph of your Mother Valentina and her best friend Evelina Cantarutti. As you know our family was very good friends with Evelina's sister Luigia (in Friulano Gigute) in Windsor Ontario Canada. As you describe Valentina, I can relate since my Mother conducted herself in the same mode. Even today at 80 years old she still lectures me. Especially on Sunday.. Sei andato a Chiesa? Did you go to Church? Good historical recount Ivano I enjoy this. I will ensure to keep Valentina in my prayers. Buon Compleanno Valentina. By the way I have an Italian-Friulano dictionary for translation. As you know Friulano is a language and not a dialect. It has been recognized as a language by the Italian government for some time...
Ciao e Mandi

j. nichelle said...

That picture is great! That's my Uncle Ferd. I am his great niece and miss him very much. I was close to him, he was a wonderful man who always took an intrest in what I was doing and we had such great talks. His war stories brought history class to reality when I was growing up, and I've passed those to my kids. I used to get motorcycle rides when I was a teenager, they were the best of times. Now my cousin has one of his bikes and rides it up and down the coast. I am so glad to see history being kept alive.

Anonymous said...

hi my name is louis moro

Im looking to find my distanced family in italy and my great grand fathers family came from udine, italy. i was told he was related to Aldo Moro. if you know any info on this subject please email me.. louisjmoro@gmail.com thank you