Giovanni "Johnny" Gianfermi

Giovanni "Johnny" Giuseppe Gianfermi

1936 - 2021

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Obituary of Giovanni "Johnny" Giuseppe Gianfermi

Giovanni "Johnny" Giuseppe Gianfermi of Santa Rosa passed away on January 16, 2021 at the age of 84 due to complications of dementia. Johnny was born December 2, 1936 in Ceprano Italy. Son of Eleuterio and Luisa Gianfermi. Immigrating to France at the age of 13, Johnny began doing work for a Marble and Monuments company. Johnny was always physically fit and became very proficient at Boxing and especially Judo. At the age of 20, Johnny left France and moved to Hamilton Canada where he picked tobacco and did other labor work. While visiting friends in Detroit Michigan he met his former spouse Rina and married in 1960. In 1961 Johnny moved to northern California where he had an uncle, Alberto, who knew of many job opportunities. Johnny joined the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons Union in 1962 and traveled throughout Northern California building bridges and roadways before joining Ghilotti Brothers . For many years as a foreman for Ghilotti, he worked on construction of bridges, overpasses, dams, walls, anything where concrete was involved. A true" lead by example" man, Johnny showed many young workers the correct way to work hard and steady. He didn't say it often, but if Johnny said "good job", you know you earned it. He was a great mentor, enjoyed his work, and often recalled the good times he had with his co-workers, particularly Bobby, Dale, and Frank. A naturally outgoing man, Johnny enjoyed travel,bocce ball,golf, blackjack and slot machine tournaments in Reno, and was very generous in helping others and doing concrete work for friends and family. He hosted many family gatherings and was a long time member of the Sons Of Italy and the Moose Lodge He is survived by his brothers Roberto and Giuseppe, and sister Carmella, all residents of France. Preceded in death by brother Rocco an sister Maria. Cherished father of Maria McLaughlin (Duane) of Citrus Heights, Jeanette Clarey (Mitch) of Petaluma, and son John (Julie) of Santa Rosa. Loving grandfather to Austin, Melissa, Jaden, Dalton, Giavanna and Sophia. Johnny also leaves behind his loving companion Ida Paladini. A public visitation is scheduled for Saturday, January 30 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at Eggen & Lance Chapel 1540 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa. Masks and social distancing are required. Due to covid restrictions the family will hold a private service following visitation. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Memorial Hospice Santa Rosa for their support.
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10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Eggen & Lance Chapel - Santa Rosa
1540 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, California, United States
(707) 545-3747
Please wear mask and practice 6ft social distancing