Keaton’s Mortuary

1022 E Street, San Rafael, CA


John Dominic Bertone

August 23, 1930July 11, 2020

John Bertone peacefully passed away at home in San Rafael, with his children by his side and holding the hand of his wife of 59 years.

He was a kind, courteous, loyal and hardworking man, for whom family always came first. A graduate of USF, his career in accounting took him around the world, and his life was enriched by the five years that he and his family spent in his parents’ native Italy. He enjoyed golf, visiting family farmlands, wine-making, watching F1 races, and driving his ’57 Thunderbird convertible.

In his later years, he experienced profound joy when visiting Baja California to interact with baby grey whales. John served as a lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Anselm Church, and was a board member of many of non-profit organizations. He lived with dementia for the final years of his life, but it was a blessing that his sweet, affectionate, and funny inner self was present and remained until the end.

John is survived by his wife Rachael, children Rachael, Francesca (and husband Jay Harman), John (and wife Anna), Laura, grandsons John Matteo and Marco, and by loving nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Pierina, his sister Evelyn Casagrande, and his cat Vincent. The family thanks John’s caregivers.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Hospice by the Bay or to the California Academy of Sciences.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Kathy Hall - Leslie Murdock

July 18, 2020

Dear Rachael and family,
Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. We never met him but clearly he was much loved; an accomplished man who led a full life and was devoted to his family. We know he will be missed, but hopefully happy memories will bring all of you some consolation during this sad time. May he rest in peace.
Take care, Kathy & Leslie

Sister Fran KEarney

July 16, 2020

Dear Laura and family,

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate the wonderful life of your father and husband. Each of you is truly a reflection of his goodness, his deep love for all of you, his strong commitment to life, and his deep faith. He obviously, and rightly so, was so proud of each of you and so in love with your Mom as is evident when he looked at or spoke about her. May the fullness of peace he now experiences touch your hearts as well, today and in the days ahead
In Christ, Rosemary Everett, snjm, and Fran Kearney, snjm]

Nancy Krauss

July 15, 2020

You could not meet John without smiling. He was very intelligent, and even more kind hearted with a most sophisticated sense of humor. He just made you happy to be with him. His stories were so filled with the whimsy of life and always presented with that dry smile. It was a privilege to be his friend and he will be loved forever.

Sue and Chris Heney

July 15, 2020

John will always be in our memories. He showed us what friendship and respect means.
He worked side by side with Chris on many projects and was always a pleasure to be around.....whether working or socially. We admired his honesty and integrity. He will be deeply missed.
Deepest condolences to his loving family.

Ed LeClair

July 14, 2020

I didn’t know John very well, but I was on board Chaleur one evening whe she developed a very serious leak. John was the
“First responder”. As soon as Laura contacted him with the problem he wasted no time in coming to Treasure Island from his home in San Rafael. I got to know John that evening as he and I climbed through the bowels of Chaleur trying to find the leak. With his cool head he was able to interact with the coast guard, who, by the way, were no help. At John’s suggestion, a diver was arranged and Chaleur was saved.

Caroline & Bill Perrino

July 14, 2020

We mourn the loss of our good friend, John. John and Bill enjoyed sharing stories of growing up as first generation Italian Americans in the '30s and early "40s . John would close his eyes as he "cracked up" when Bill would launch into his verbal imitation of the Italian "gangsta talk" of South Philly. John and I shared a spiritual kinship in our love of Mother Nature - he of his beloved whales. He was many things to many of us, but most of all he was a loving Husband and Father. He is missed already.

David and Mary Womble

July 14, 2020

We are so very privileged to have know John. David and John were friends about 30 years. We will always treasure our friendship with the family... he was an exceptional gentleman..He lives in our hearts..
Love you John...


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