Donald Bernard Cinquemani
August 12, 1929 – July 25, 2019
Donald Bernard Cinquemani was born August 12, 1929 in Los Angeles, CA. Don was the youngest of three boys born to Paul Joseph and Edna Cinquemani, who originally came from New Orleans, Louisiana. Music was an intrinsic part of his home and family (all family members played an instrument) and Don started taking trumpet lessons at the tender age of 5. He would go on to play the trumpet throughout his school years and into the Navy where he was part of the Naval Band. While on leave he met the love of his life, Rose Marie Fernandez. The love story told was that while on a picnic date, she enticed him with her Angel Food cake and he found himself asking her to marry him. She of course said yes and Don and Rose tied the knot on August 16, 1953. Don and Rose went on to have and raise 4 boys and 4 girls, Donald Paul, Cynthia Marie, Stephen John, Felicia Jean, Dino Bernard, Theresa Lucille, Michael Raymond and the “caboose” Michelle Irene. Don played with the Big Bands as well as our school talent shows. You could always hear music playing in the Cinquemani home. As our family grew Don and Rose knew music was not going to support their large family so Don went back to school and earned a degree in computer programming. Don not only loved Rose, his children and music but he loved people. Anytime he was out and about he would always strike up a conversation with someone as if he knew them and they would engage and have a conversation as if they had been friends forever. After a long career, Don finally retired at 78 to care for his lovely wife Rose as her health was failing. He attended and cared for Rose loyally until her death in 2011. Even after Rose died, Don always had a very positive “can do” attitude and almost never was down. The only time he would tear up is when he was speaking about the love of his life Rose Marie. Out of all the wondrous things this loving couple accomplished, the greatest of all was accepting the Lord Jesus Christ before they passed. Rose accepted Jesus on her death bed and Don accepted a little under a year ago. It blesses us to know that because of this decision, they are together in Heaven. Donald is survived by his seven children, four granddaughters, one grandson and three great grandkids. Don was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. We love you Dad and thank you for all your love and sacrifice for us.
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