Eugene Acossano

February 22, 1921April 20, 2012

Eugene Acossano February 22, 1921 – April 20, 2012 Eugene (Gene) Acossano, 91, long time resident of Rancho Cucamonga passed away on Friday, April 20, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Eugene was born in Bloomington, California to parents who immigrated to the United States from Asti, Italy. He grew up on his family’s ranch on Fourth Street in Ontario where they grew citrus and farmed vineyards for the local wineries. He later moved to Rancho Cucamonga where he met the love of his life, Martha Barsica, and they were married in 1954. During his younger years he worked at Padre Vineyards and Winery in Rancho Cucamonga. Gene served in WW II as a tank gunner in France and Germany. He was the first U.S. Post Office letter carrier for Cucamonga beginning in 1956. During his Post Office career, he was twice cited for heroism, once for rescuing a small boy in a runaway car and the second for alerting a family to a house fire. Gene retired after 37 years with the Post Office. Gene loved to play baseball and was a star pitcher on his U.S. Army’s baseball team. He was a little league coach in Rancho Cucamonga and taught his daughter and granddaughter how to pitch. He enjoyed watching his daughters and grandchildren play sports. During his retirement years, Gene enjoyed league bowling, hand curing olives from his olive trees, gardening his tomatoes and fruit trees and spending precious time with his family and wide circle of friends. In his later years, Gene would be seen daily around Rancho Cucamonga driving in his truck with his beloved dog Rocky. Eugene is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha, daughters Silvana Brazell, Marisa Dawson, and Theresa Acossano, sons-in-law Richard Brazell and Timothy Dawson, granddaughters Lisa Kidd, Christie Dawson and Courtney Dawson, great-grandchildren Sam Kidd, Mia Kidd and Tyson Bobo, brother Dominic Acossano and many nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation at Draper Mortuary, 811 N. Mountain Ave., Ontario, on Sunday, April 29th from 2 – 4 PM and Rosary at 4 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, April 30th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 877 North Campus Ave., Upland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Visiting Nurses Hospice, Claremont, California,, 909-624-3574.


  • Visitation Sunday, April 29, 2012
  • Rosary Service Sunday, April 29, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 30, 2012
  • Committal Service Monday, April 30, 2012

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February 22, 2013

I still miss and think about you every day, Nono. Happy Birthday! Love you xoxo

Robert and Cathy Brazell

May 3, 2012

Martha, Sil, Marisa and Theresa,

We have been praying for you and your families. I have great memories of Gene from my freshman year and thru out the years of being neighbors and then family when Richard and Sil got married.
One of the greatest memories was when Gene would come and get our grandma at Mom's house and would take her mushroom hunting......She loved it.
Your love and prayers for you.
Bob and Cathy Brazell

The Kidds

April 29, 2012

What a one of a kind character Gene was. His legacy will be reflected in his amazing family. His love and compassion will be passed down through all his generations of grandchildren and great granchildren. We will all miss Gene Acossano.

April 27, 2012

Geno you were way cool, really dug what was in the garage freezer! You will be mist by all of your loved ones. Boy what a ride you had, you will live forever in our minds. All my thoughts and prayers for your family. Theres is a new star in the night sky watching out for all of us.

Fillmore Dawsons

Bill Jackson

April 26, 2012

Gene was a great guy and will be missed by everyone that had the opportunity to share some time with him. When visiting Martha and Gene's home everyone including the friends of son-in-laws were always treated like family and never left without being offered a beverage and a meal. Gene you will always be in my thoughts and fond memories. Thank you for your service to our country. Rest in peace.

Mary Grasso

April 26, 2012

Gene will always be remember for that smile that he always had. The Old timers of Cucamonga are all gathering up above to watch over the new commers and see that they do justice to are heriitage.To Genes Family he will be missed

Courtney Leigh Dawson

April 26, 2012

Nono, we are the luckiest grandchildren in the world to have had such a wonderful role model in our lives. I will forever cherish the memories we shared. Love, one of your #1 champs...

Courtney Leigh Dawson

April 26, 2012

Nono, we are the luckiest grandchildren in the world to have had such an amazing role model in our lives. I love you and will forever cherish the precious memories we shared. Love, one of your #1 champs...

Diana (Moore) Schrock

April 26, 2012

Thanks for sharing all of the wonerful pictures. Gene was such a wonderful guy. I remember sening him around town alway's with a smile on his face and a hug for me. It has been many many years since I last saw Gene but I alway's remember the week back in 1969 during the floods that I was invited to say with them while our home was cleaned out and repaired from water damage. Marisa and I were good friends so it was a joy to stay with the family. Gene you will be missed by everyone that knew you. May God Bless those that are left behind and know that you are in a much better place with no pain. Hugs to the family. Diana Moore Schrock

April 25, 2012

Geno and family it was a pleasure working with u at the Ontario Post Office I will always remember your kindness to me and that great smile RIP

Mardella McLaughlin