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John "Johnny" Adamo
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Birth: Oct. 17, 1912
Rome (Oneida County)
Oneida County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 24, 1988
Garden Grove
Orange County
California, USA

The son of Italian immigrants Joseph Adamo and Josephine Rizzo Adamo, John Adamo was born in Rome, New York. In 1914, his mother traveled back to Crotone, Calabria, Italy with John and his two older siblings, Dominick and Barbara. She brought the children back to the U.S. in 1921 and they stayed in the U.S. after that.

He was a handsome man, and at the age of 18 came to California hoping to be a movie star. To make ends meet, he worked in a restaurant. He was in California when the Great Earthquake of 1933 hit Long Beach. He eventually came home and opened a restaurant in Rome, NY called "The Normandie." He met Dorothy Wilson, who was a waitress there, and married her in 1939.

They moved back to California and opened another restaurant, "Villa Adamo" on Garden Grove Blvd. Later he and his brothers Joe and Peter opened Adamo's on West Street in Anaheim. This was a well-known Italian restaurant near Disneyland; customers included many baseball players, as well as television and film stars and Orange County business leaders. Tommy Lasorda mentions it in his autobiography.

The brothers also owned racehorses, including stakes winners Hostess Ruth and Pazzaz and 1970 California Breeders' Champion Stakes winner Bold Joey.

Johnny and Dottie had no children, but were a wonderful uncle and aunt to their many nieces and nephews. They also loved their Pomeranians, Pepe and Piccolina.

The Adamos are a close-knit family, and John was beloved. He is remembered as a kind man with a smile that could light up a room. He was a man with a delightful sense of humor. He was a loving brother, uncle, and generous friend.

John died of leukemia. His sister Barbara and her husband, Thomas Mungari, are buried next to John and Dorothy.

John is greatly missed. 
 
Burial:
The Good Shepherd Cemetery
Huntington Beach
Orange County
California, USA
 
Created by: Vinevale
Record added: Jun 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91174385
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