JOHN ANTHONY ANZALONE
1937-2018 Our Beloved Friend John Anthony Anzalone on November 21, 2018 returned home to our Creator and the Sustainer of All and the Universe. John will surely be missed by all who knew him as a kind, gentle, caring, benevolent, and compassionate man. John was born in San Francisco as a premature baby, had Tuberculosis in childhood, and was sent to Honolulu by his parents to live with his aunt and uncle, to keep his brother and two sisters from getting the disease. As a child, he had learning disabilities, was teased and bullied. However, living in Honolulu he soon learned to be self-supporting, a hard worker, and determined succeed. He was employed with the largest antique dealer in Honolulu, repairing, restoring, refinishing antiques, fine art, and collectibles. His many customers were old kama'ainas and celebrities such as Liz Taylor, Doris Duke, Jim Nabors, Jack Lord, many whom became his good friends. He also provided interior design and interior decorating services for his customers and clients. He also worked at the Hilton, Sheraton, Japanese Cultural Center as a waiter at Banquets. With his hard earned money, he purchased, remodeled, and sold many condos in Honolulu. John had a bout with kidney cancer when he was 17, and had one kidney removed. About 20 years ago, he slipped and fell, breaking his back and neck. About 8 years ago, his cancer returned and spread gradually throughout his body. Despite all these ailments and hardships, John with his optimism remained determined to beat the odds, succeeded in living to the ripe old age of 81. Twelve years ago, he returned to San Francisco to care for his father Francis and his mother Rose. He cared and nursed both of them while his own health was deteriorating. John was predeceased by his sister Josephine, then Christine, both dying of cancer, then his brother Anthony, a professor and author, then his father and finally his mother. John is the last of the Anzalone family line in SF. John had two lives, one in San Francisco, the other in Honolulu. He considered Honolulu his true home. He has many relatives and friends in SF. In Honolulu, John also has many friends, and became one of Gerald Lai's family. Gerald Lai has known John since the early 60s, and has been his partner, companion, confidante, adventure travel companion for the last 25 years. John endeared himself to so many, for his loving kindness, friendliness, and sincere concern for others. He befriended and supported many seniors, the infirm, AIDS afflicted, the poor and vulnerable. He will always remain in the hearts of many, for John shared his love generously with so many. A FOND ALOHA JOHNNY from All of US who love you so! On Saturday Dec. 15, 2:30 pm, an internment service will be held at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery, Floral Urn Garden, 45-425 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased