First V. P. James Giallo Has Passed Away
Our dear friend and Board of Directors 1 st . V.P., James Giallo passed away during his afternoon nap on March 5, 2019. Jim was born March 1, 1942 to James and Vivian Giallo of Brooklyn, N.Y. Jim was a conscientious man known for always doing the right thing. Everyone who knew and loved Jim was stunned by the news. Jim’s health was greatly improved during the last year. His passing has left a void in the hearts of his family and many friends.
He received his degree from Pasadena City College, in architecture. While attending college he received an award for the ‘best model house’ built on campus. His first employment as architect and construction inspector was for one of the largest General contractors in United States. A historically tough business and Jim succeeded in overseeing many contractors and held them to high standards. Later in life Jim had a new career: acting, and appeared in T.V. shows such as Alf, Cagney and Lacey and Hunter. Jim also pursed a career as an author, writing two books ‘How Things Change’ and ‘Cary Grant at The Dude Ranch’.
Jim was a true Italophile. He was proud of his Sicilian heritage and has a passion for all things Italian. Jim was a member of several Italian organizations, among them: Heritage Society, Unico, the Italian Catholic Federation and Sicilian Society. Jim served for many decades as a respected Board member of the Patrons of Italian Culture, most recently as First-Vice President.
He leaves behind Yolanda Marie Giallo his wife for over fifty years. He raised two daughters: Daughter Tresha Alayeros, son in law Jose Alayeros, and grandchildren Viviana and Ethan; Daughter Gina Vannatta, son in law John Vannatta and grandson Alex Vannatta, and his sister Margarita Mc Heil, niece Dana Stine and nephew Richard Land.
A funeral mass was held at St. Felicitas & Perpetua Church in San Marino on March 16 and a ‘Celebration of Life’ reception at the Brookside Country Club following the mass. Finally it must be said Jim was always a quiet man and a good listener to all he met. He always supported fully those organizations and causes he believed in. It is with great solace that he is no longer among us. We shall always treasure his friendship, a true friend to forever be remembered.