|Birth: ||Aug. 7, 1915|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 8, 2001|
Salt Lake County
"Gene" Gennaro Dellafera, 100% "Dago", born in Newark, New Jersey, the 9th of August, 1915-(for years we celebrated his birthday on the 7th of August). He passed away from this world Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001.
Gene moved from Newark prior to World War II as part of FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps.
At the young age of 23, he had assumed the responsibility of raising his six younger brothers and sisters. His travels with the CCC brought him to Utah and on one fateful night in 1938 at the Coconut Grove, he happened upon a very beautiful young woman, Emelia Ann Pedroza. Depending on whom you ask, he would swear, "Someone asked me if I wanted a drink and I woke up married," and he swore by that story for 60 years.
Gene was a character, an amazing figure; he was "old world", and he gave us all "old world" qualities. We will miss his stories the most; when playing "Let-It Ride" he always put money on his Bonus Card. Oh and how he would talk about those days back East, including Al Capone, The Yankees, Joe Louis, and Joe Dimaggio. Gene was Italian but 100% American.
The oldest of seven, Gene's life was filled with history, irony, women, and one grandson. He outlived all his brothers and sisters, his family was touched intimately by cancer. If anyone were to ask him, he would tell them the move out west had saved him. The greatest irony comes when you have beaten the odds and survived a heart attack, diabetes, and the first round with cancer, only to see your first daughter succumb to liver cancer at the young age of 38. However, he had more, much more, a devoted and loving wife, Ann; a daughter, Patricia; two granddaughters, Heather and Summer Alvey; one grandson, Dylan Thomas; and two great-granddaughters, Grayson and Madeline. We often joked that Gene had a Harem and now he finally had someone to take over his namesake.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Jean Dellafera; two brothers; and four sisters.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tues. 11 a.m., Nov 13, 2001, St. Vincent Catholic Church, 1375 E. Spring Lane (5150 S.), where friends may call Mon. 6-7 p.m. A Holy Rosary will be Mon. 7 p.m. Interment, Murray City Cemetery. Funeral directors, Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary.
Deseret News Sunday, November 11, 2001 Obituary
Emelia Ann Pedroza Dellafera (1923 - 2012)*
Murray City Cemetery
Salt Lake County
Plot: 16 050 6 1
Created by: Anne
Record added: Jun 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71949240