The Obit For Vincent Gianni

Vincent Gianni

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on March 18, 2012


Vincent Gianni Born in San Francisco on February 15, 1928, the only child of immigrant parents Paris and Olga (Renari) Gianni. Passed away suddenly March 10 in San Rafael.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Earlene Jones, and children, Paul, Carl and Lindsay and six grand and two great grandchildren.

Vincent had inherent athletic abilities that he enjoyed throughout his lifetime. Growing up in the North Beach Italian community he spent his childhood and teen years in the public parks, playing from day light until dark alongside many youth who are now professional sports history, He attended Galileo High School where he served as class president in his senior year.

He was on a number of sports teams and was awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of San Francisco, but left early to become a professional baseball player with the western farm team known as the Brooklyn Dodgers. He remained a third baseman with the Dodgers for six years. He was inducted into the Galileo Athletics Hall of Fame in the 1990's.

He loved golf and played often right up to the time he was hospitalized in November. After leaving professional baseball, he worked assisting and managing supermarkets, eventually owning Madera Foods, Corte Madera, with his partner Guido Molinari. After they sold the market he was a sales manager for Almaden Vineyards which became a property of Hueblin Distillers, and later Diageo of London.

In the 1990's he married Ms. Jones, his mixed doubles tennis partner, bought a home in Hathaway Pines and the couple shared their time between the two homes.

His longtime charity is UNICO (Italian Charities).

A future life celebration is planned. Final arrangements are by Parent-Sorenson Funerals, Petaluma at 1707-763-4131