Joseph M. Alioto

May 30, 1951March 21, 2011

Joseph Alioto | Visit Guest Book Joseph Michael Alioto 59, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2011 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was at home in San Rafael surrounded by his loving family. He has joined his parents, Antoinette and Nunzio, and his sister, Michelle, and is survived by his wife of 36 years, Judy Alioto, and their four children Nunzio, Marc, Alexa, and Joey; his two siblings, Francesca Alioto, Rose Marie Violante and her husband Cosmo; his mother-in-law, Ada Barone, his sister-in-law, Sister Claire "Bonnie" Barone, his brother-in-law, Joseph Barone and his wife Maricela. Uncle Joey (also known as Uncle Magic) was blessed with the love and support of his five nieces and nephews -- Rochelle and her husband Kenneth Simurdiak, Matthew Violante, Gina and her husband Eric von Esmarch, Alessandro and Giancarlo Barone, and his five great grand nieces and nephews. Joey generously contributed his time and resources to many local civic events and causes including Fisherman's Wharf Merchant Association, Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District, JIGs (Just Italian Guys), Kevin Collins Foundation, The Olympic Club, One Child at a Time, Ronald McDonald House, Salesian Boys' & Girls' Club, St. Ignatius Booster's Club, St. Ignatius Alumni, St. Ignatius Fathers' Club, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots Foundation, and numerous local school fundraisers. He served as President of the Port Tenants Association and the Fisherman's Wharf Merchant Association. In April of 2009, he was given the esteemed honor of being named the "Man of the Year" for the Salesian Boys' & Girls' Club. He was a person of great humility who constantly showered those around him with the abounding generosity of his heart. He will always be remembered for his passion for life, his love of music -- especially opera, his sense of humor, and his generosity of heart. He considered all those close to him his "cugini" and was a tower of strength to all who knew him. Joey's second home and sense of pride, apart from his family, was Alioto's Restaurant where he was often found greeting guests at the door with his unmistakable smile and glimmer in his eye. He was a master of wit and conversation and will be deeply missed. Services will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 666 Filbert St. San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in memory of Joseph Alioto to the Salesian Boys' & Girls' Club, 680 Filbert St., San Francisco, CA 94133-2805 or UCSF Department of Urologic Oncology, 1600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. Published in San Francisco Chronicle on March 27, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Keaton's Mortuary, San Rafael, CA.


  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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anthony walker

May 9, 2017

Rest in peace "Big Guy" thank you

Fernando Urroz

June 1, 2011

Our love and condolences to all of the Alioto Family. Joey was a wonderful man and friend. I am truly sorry to hear of his passing.


Fernando (Fern) Urroz and Family

Tom Petersen

April 22, 2011

We send our condolences from Florida. We had the pleasure of meeting Joey at the restaruant at the suggestion of Steve Jones who we met by chance in Monterey. Joey was the most gracious host we have every met. He sat and talked with us for almost an hour; people he had never met before. He was memorable and we had hoped to see him when we again visited San Francisco.

Meg, Tom, and Hannah
Clearwater, FL

Mike Marenzi

April 21, 2011

To all of the Alioto Family,
Sincere belated condolences!

From back in the day...
The Marenzi Family

Eddie Callahan

April 20, 2011

Judy and Kids,
No words can express how much we miss Cugino.He was a part of our family and the memories will never fade. We love you and will always be greatful for his sense of humor, warmth and friendship. RIP wonderful man.
Much Love Uncle Eddie and Sandy and all the Callahans.

April 18, 2011

It's palm sunday and a sad day for Gail and I to hear of your loss. Our loss. Although time has passed and our visits have been long over due, we often think of the many hours spent with all of you. I am lucky to have met such a fine group and Joey was the icing on the cake. He captured and fractured us with stories old and new. I speak of him often. As a mentor he taught us above all that kindness pays in many ways. Belated blessings and warm regards, our sincere condolences.
Gail Tarantino and Joel Devin

Julie DeRuvo

April 17, 2011

Dear Marc and Family,
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I am thinking of you and your family.
Ms. Rich from Marin Catholic (Julie Richardson DeRuvo)

Eddie Callahan

April 12, 2011

Eddie Callahan

April 12, 2011

April 7, 2011

My sincere condolences to the Alioto family. I have many fond memories of Joey during our years at St. Vincent de Paul grammar school in the 1960s. Though many years have passed, Joey was such a unique and charming individual that anyone who knew him would never forget him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Joey and his loving family. (Leon J. Radomile and family, Novato, CA)