|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1916|
|Death: ||Jan. 1, 2010|
Al Pisani, 93, longtime Visalia resident, died January 1, 2010 in Temecula, Ca, surrounded by family. He is survived by brothers Victor Pisani of Struthers, Ohio, Fred Pisani of Youngstown, Ohio, Ronald Pisani of Elkhart, Indiana, and 9 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings Antoinette (Pisani) Cannon of Long Beach, California, Roger Pisani of Laguna Hills, California and Louis Pisani of Freemont, California.
Born September 29th, 1916, in Youngstown, Ohio, Al was the 2nd of 7 children born to Ferdinand Pisani and Anna La Notte who emigrated from Italy in early 1900s. He influenced the lives of many young people during his long career as a science and math teacher at Divisadero Junior High School, from which he retired in the 1970s. He relished the daily routine of his 65 year membership at Elks Lodge #1298 in Visalia, where he had many cherished friends, and where he was known for his spirited personality, stories and jokes.
Over the years, he enjoyed supporting the Lodge's community service projects and special events such as the annual Children's Christmas parties. He assisted with preparing the grounds for construction of the new Elks lodge building in the 1950s, and later started a lending library for visiting Elks. In his spare time, Al was on Ski Patrol, enjoyed cross country and down hill skiing, gliding, sailing, golf, gemology, deep sea fishing, cards and dice.
In his early years in Youngstown, Al was a YMCA member, a Fresh Air camp counselor, Eagle Scout, Clamper and lifeguard. He learned to fly while attending Youngstown College and later received his Masters degree in education at the University of Southern California.
When war broke out in Europe he enlisted the navy, initially stationed at Klamath Falls, Oregon, he trained to fly torpedo planes, fighter planes, and dive bombers. "In those days we flew everything". His assigned carrier, the USS Saratoga, was damaged at Pearl Harbor, and so he was assigned to head up a flight school in Pensacola, Florida with 86 flight instructors under his command. Toward the end of the war, he headed a squadron of F4F fighter planes spending 5 months in combat on the U.S. Lunga Point, a CVE carrier, participating in the Saipan and Okinawa Campaigns.
A lieutenant commander, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. His squadron shot down the last plane of WWII (confirmed U.S. Navy). It was one of two that did not lose a single man in combat
Memorial service will be held Saturday, January 23rd at the Visalia Elks Lodge at 1:00 pm. Many his fellow Elks, who today are his former students, and for whom he had great regard, will be in attendance. Al will be buried next to his parents and brother in Youngstown, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Visalia Elks Lodge #1298.
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Jan 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46871486
Ensign A. Pisani, USNR, designated Naval Aviator #8786 in 1941.|
Added: Aug. 18, 2011
Added: Sep. 26, 2010