April 24, 1921 – September 14, 2021
Born in Castelsilano in the Crotone region of Calabria, Italy, to Rosario and Rachela Congi, John made the incarnation of the Italian toast “Cent’Anni”, moving to San Francisco at the age of 100. He is survived by his son Aldo (Julie) and his granddaughter, Alexandra. John is predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Germana Congi and his brother Vincent Congi of Dunsmuir, California.
John grew up in Castelsilano until the age of 9 when the family reunited in Dunsmuir where Rosario (Roy) had immigrated a few years earlier to work in the South Pacific railroad yards. The family lived the country life of the Great Depression in the 1930s and John spent many days hunting and fishing with his father to feed the family, a tradition he will carry on throughout his life. ‘adult. After graduating from Dunsmuir High School in 1941, John enlisted in the armed forces and was stationed at Hunter’s Point Shipyard as a welder to repair battleships returning from the Pacific front during WWII. global. Upon graduation, he spent some time selling beauty products at Union Square and Tenderloin sales before obtaining his real estate license, a career that spanned his next 60 years. John’s clientele included many working immigrants of all nationalities who sought the American dream of owning a home. He also embarked on real estate development where he would work with builders to erect apartment buildings across San Francisco for sale to investors in the 1960s and 1970s. He was meticulous in his business practices and practices. is built a multigenerational clientele.
John had a huge passion for the outdoors, especially hunting and training his favorite dogs, the English Pointers. Whether it’s hunting deer with his father at Ball Mountain, pheasant in Cache Slough and Hastings Island, dove in the countryside of Madera, quail at Jube Weston’s ranch in Ono or duck at the lake Tule, John found a lot of joy and fulfillment as an outdoor enthusiast. He was an incredible “shooter” performing numerous displays of his prowess both in the hunting fields and on Sunday afternoons at the Pacific Rod & Gun Club on Merced Lake. John was also a superb ballroom dancer with his wife, Germana. When he started out in San Francisco, John learned the discipline of waltz, foxtrot, tango, etc. the orchestra. John had a great love for Italian music, especially artists like Lou Monte, Mario Lanza and, his favorite, Sergio Franchi. Many evenings were spent in the living room of our house on Noriega Street in peaceful mode.
John was a great supplier to his family. Considering his childhood, he never wanted us to miss, and we never have been.
Two days before his death, his granddaughter, Alex, brought him the music of Sergio Franchi. As they listened to Sergio’s rendition of “In the Still of the Night”, he smiled and told Alex that it was his favorite. Riposare in Pace, John. SemprÃ©.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle September 20-26, 2021.