Tuesday, December 02, 2008



Joseph Peter Dellamora Jr.

Services will be Saturday for Joseph Peter Dellamora, Jr. who passed away after a lengthy illness November 26, 2008 at home in Santa Cruz. He was 84 years old.
He was born June 2, 1924 in Santa Cruz the son of Giuseppe Curly and Almenia Minnie Dellamora. His early childhood was spent in Bonny Doon and at the age of 6 his family moved into Santa Cruz. He attended Bay View Elementary, Mission Hill Junior High and graduated from Santa Cruz High in 1942. Following High School, Joe served in the U.S. Merchant Marines until 1945.
Joe spent his life working in agriculture. Prior to World War Two he farmed with his father at the Pebble Beach Ranch in Pescadero growing Brussels sprouts and artichokes. From 1945 until 1948 he and his father farmed Brussels sprouts at Ano Nuevo Ranch. In the early 1950's Joe lived and farmed row crops in Uvalde, Texas before returning to the North Coast where he continued to grow Brussels sprouts and artichokes from Pescadero to Wilder Ranch, until his retirement in 1992. He served as president and was a member of the board of directors of the Santa Cruz Growers Association. He also served as president of the Marketing Order for Brussels sprout in the state of California.
He was an accomplished accordion player and played at the World Fair on Treasure Island in San Francisco and at the water carnivals held at the Plunge at the Boardwalk. He also and enjoyed playing at friends weddings. His mother's family, the Mori's were established in the San Francisco Bay area, where Italian immigrants would visit and stay. Mori's point was named after them.
Joe had an amazing knowledge for Santa Cruz history. He knew about the people, backgrounds and various family connections. He had an incredible memory for indigenous animals and rescued countless stray or abandoned critters. He was a quiet man, but when asked a question, would gladly share his expertise or give an opinion.
He was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards especially Pedro. He loved barbecues on the coast with close friends and family. He loved polenta meals with pheasant or quail he had hunted.
Joe was an avid outdoors man and loved to hunt and fish. He hunted in Canada, Utah, the Sierra's and on the Apache Mescalero Reservation in New Mexico. He fished on San Francisco Bay and took an annual fishing trip to the Mattole River in Northern California and spent many seasons fishing the San Lorenzo River.
He is survived by, Tiki Dellamora of Santa Cruz; son, Steve Dellamora of Scotts Valley; daughter, Jill Dellamora Grossi and her husband Billy of Santa Cruz; six grandchildren, Bianca, Bridget and Sofia Grossi of Santa Cruz; Tara Rigby of Shelton, WA and Ali Richardson of Chowchilla, CA and Joey Dellamora of Scotts Valley; two nephews, Joe Pappas of Santa Cruz and Pete Pappas of Florida; He is also survived by three great grandchildren and his brother and sister in law, Joe and Peggy Nulph and their family. Joe was preceded in death by his son, Charlie Heastings Dellamora, his sister, Maggie Pappas; his parents, Minnie and Curly Dellamora and his best friend, Jerry Kato.
Services will be Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 10:00 am at Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel 1050 Cayuga St., Santa Cruz, CA. Friends are invited to call at Pacific Gardens Chapel on Friday from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. A private cremation will follow.
Joe's family would like to express their profound thanks to Dr. William Cao, Dr. Andrew Calciano and the nursing staff from Heartland Hospice, especially, Elizabeth, Ronnie and Vanessa. In lieu of flowers contributions are preferred to Heartland Hospice, 2511 Garden Rd, B200, Monterey, CA 93940 or to Native Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Wildlife Center, P.O. Box 1001, Santa Cruz, CA 95061.



Ivano Franco Comelli said...

In "La Nostra Costa" I have a chapter entitled: "La Strada Per Pescadero" (The Rosd To Pescadero). In it I describe my families trips to the little town off the North Coast of Santa Cruz.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, we went there quite often to visit my Godfather Tony Micossi and his wife Rosie, who own the Elkhorn Bar, located at the cornor of Pescadero and Stage Coach Road. (The Resturant has now been replaced by a US Post Office Building.)

To get to the Resturant we had to travel approximetly two miles east from the Coast Road on Pescadero Road. From time to time we would see a lady,sometimes in boots, irrigating the crops on one of the ranches located on the Road. If my memory serves me correctly (and someone please correct it if it doesn't)that lady was Minnie Dellamora, Joe's mother. I remember my father Bronco, when seeing her at work, always commenting: "Now there's a good Women for you".

The remembrance to Joe and his family history in Pescadero reminded me that I always looked for that women irrigating the crops when I went to Pescadero.
Joe's family has a long history "su per la costa". Joe will be missed. ivn0

Canadian Furlan said...

Hey Ivano mio caro amico. Come Stai? It's been a long while. Been very busy. But never busy enough to stop to drop a line to my favorite site La Nostra Costa. Just wanted to say I like to send a sincere condolence to the Dellamora family on the passing away of Joseph Peter. Also I would like to say that the Dellamora family in Colloredo, Pasian di Prato Udine Friuli are very good friends with my father. Circo Dellamora lived in Toronto up until 1972 and retired back to Udine. I would imagine Joseph Peter's family is from the very same place. Small world... And like I always note, the Furlans can be found all over the world.
They always search out where they can leave their mark. Good work Ivano. Natale is fast approaching. My mother at 82 is cooking up a storm. Making her famous Crostoli and cakes....
Ciao e Mandi

David Landino JR said...

I will mis Joe dearly he was my favorite farmer of the Coast always a gentleman.I use to see him on his ranch with my grandpa Tony Landino and i worked on his well a few times RIP my friend.David LandinoJR