John Joseph Simonetti

  • Born: October 2, 1959
  • Died: May 11, 2018
  • Location: Burlingame, California

Crosby-N. Gray & Co. - FD-96

2 Park Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

Tel. (650) 342-6617

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Joseph Simonetti

October 2, 1959 to May 11, 2018
Our beloved John Joseph Simonetti, age 58, passed away on Friday, May 11th, 2018, after a courageous 2-1/2 month battle against liver cancer. He was surrounded by loving family and friends at the Mission Hospice House in San Mateo, CA. Born October 2nd, 1959 at Mount Zion Hospital San Francisco, California, he was a longtime resident of Burlingame, California, also residing for many years in San Francisco's Haight Street District and Germany.
He was preceded in death by his loving mother, June De Santi Simonetti, who passed away on December 24th, 2009 and is survived by his father, Carlo Alberto Simonetti, his cherished wife Catherine Simonetti, his adored children, daughter Chiara Elizabeth and son Giancarlo David, his loving sister Carla (Simonetti) Halligan, brother in law, Joe Halligan, nephew, Zach and niece Kara. A loving god father to Zach Halligan, Carson Condon, Kimberly Simonetti Hawkins, and Erica Simonetti, he will be sorely missed. Numerous Zie, Zii and Cugini, along with a large circle of extended friends and family mourn the passing of this kind soul.
John attended St. Catherine's Elementary School, eventually graduating from Burlingame High School in 1977. A lover of creativity, John pursued his passion for the arts by taking courses in photography, which culminated in the conception of his photography studio, Simages.
As a consummate traveler, John reveled in using his photography skills to document his grand adventures to all four corners of the globe. An avid cyclist, with a love for winding treks, John spent many Sundays riding the hills of Northern California with his father, uncles and best friends.
John held a myriad of occupations, which ran the gamut from bike messenger (in both San Francisco and Germany) English teacher (while residing in Germany) fashion photographer, and high-rise window washer (which he enjoyed doing with his father) to tele communications Czar.
Some of John's many loves were Reggae music, fine wine, watching his children play sports, Sunday excursions to the Farmer's Market, all manner of delicious food, and camping out with Giancarlo's Cub Scout Pack.
There will be a visitation for family and friends at Crosby and Gray Funeral Home in Burlingame on Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 P.M., followed by a Vigil Service at 7:30 P.M.
A Celebration of Life Mass will also be held on Friday, May 18th at 10:00 A.M., at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Burlingame, CA, followed by interment at The Italian Cemetery in Colma, CA. The celebration will culminate with a Reception for Friends and Family at Mercy Center 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame, CA, 94010
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Mission Home Hospice, 1670 S. Amphlett Blvd, # 300 San Mateo, CA 94402


Condolence & Memory Journal

I met John way back in 1990. My impression was of a sweet, kind, creative and very intelligent man. Over the years, after I had become a member of the family, I came to know my first impression was spot-on. John made me feel welcome, comfortable, in a family that was at first, a bit intimidating. If you were going to be a part of the Simonetti family, you had better get a good bicycle and ride with them on the weekends! My heart goes out to the wonderful Catherine, John's beautiful soul-mate and to the Simonetti family whom I love and adore, always. Such a loss to all of us. I loved you Johnny.

Posted by Charlie Ellicott - Petaluma, CA   May 21, 2018

Dear Catherine - The vigil last evening was quite moving. The most memorable moment that stays with me is a statement by John's sister of how at his darkest day, just learning news of his terminal illness, he stopped to help a stranger sitting in a wheelchair that had a broken piece. How Christ-like. Your John was a good man. Love to you and the children. R. Gordon, a friend

Posted by Rita Gordon - San Lorenzo, CA - Friend   May 18, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss and will miss John tremendously. He was a fantastic father, husband and friend. We are sending love and comfort to Catherine, Chiara and Giancarlo.

Posted by Diehl-Halsing Family    May 18, 2018


My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sweet family at this most difficult time. May you keep the memory of his love and devotion to you alive. He is at rest with our Holy Father. Bless you all.
Angela Cirimele

Posted by Angela Cirimele - San Lorenzo, CA - Friend   May 17, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. Many sympathies, from Kay and Jay Oppenheimer, neighbors of Livio and Charlene.

Posted by A friend   May 16, 2018

Catherine, Chiara, Giancarlo,
My prayers and my thoughts for all of you during this very sad time. John remains in my mind a sweet and kind husband and father. I hope for peace in your hearts.

Terry Gutsch

Posted by A friend   May 16, 2018

wishing you and the children everything your hearts need to get through this sad time. We love you.

Posted by Irmine & George Banyas - San Leandro, CA - Family   May 15, 2018

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