In Memory

Thomas Pizzotti - Class Of 1965

Tom was born March 24, 1947 and died on Sept 15, 1987

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04/05/09 03:39 PM #1    

Leslie Larsen (Mitchell) (1967)

Tom and I got married July 28, 1969. We spent our first year in New York while Tom finished up his last year in the Army. I worked on Wall Street and Tom was an E5 in personnel. We had a blast being "Marlo and Donald"

We came back to California, lived in Alameda for awhile and then moved back to San Leandro. Tom went to Court Reporting School, opened up his own business in Oakland, California, Pizzotti & Jarnigan Court Reporting Firm.

Our son, Coby was born on Sept. 9, 1971 and was the love of our lives. We moved to Hayward, CA bought our first home and lived with our son. Tom and I were divorced several years later.

Tom remarried a wonderful young woman and had two more sons, Rico and Carlo. They built a beautiful home in Castro Valley and he continued working in his business.

Tom died suddenly and unexpectedly of a massive heart attack at the very young age of 40. He is thought of often and remains in all of our hearts forever.

06/25/09 01:51 PM #2    

Donald Large (1964)

I remember Tom as a good athlete and a good pass prospect. If Pacific had a passing team Tom would have broken records.
Don Large

07/01/09 12:33 AM #3    

Joseph Randy Decena (1966)

I'll remember Tom always, He was a good Man.
In Pacific's Rival game in 1964 at S.L.High, Tom fell back on a play (in Football) to pass for yardage, he threw the ball and one of S.L.'s men got a hand on it and it wobbled up in the air, just aching to be intercepted. I spotted it and ran under the ball and caught it for a 15yd gain!! Amazing! we hardly threw passes. maybe 6 all year. The other Memory I have of Tom is one day during the spring of '85 ( I think ) I was golfing at Willow Park with schoolmates Bob Grove, Mike Gonzales, Harry Favretto, when we happened to come across Tom. We told him to join us at the front nine's 2nd hole. It was on that hole (2)or the 3rd hole ( it was a par 3 ) Tom hit his tee shot, went straight for the pin, but we couldn't see where his ball went. After we all got on the green we looked inside the hole and there was Tom's Tee shot !!! It's the first Ace that I had witnessed, ever!! But we couldn't tell anyone back at the club house, because we were an illegal 5-some. only 4 allowed at a time. That was something to see.
I'm glad that I had the privelege of calling Tom a friend!! And being there when he made a Hell-of-a-shot!!!

07/21/09 08:23 PM #4    

Linda White (Clements) (1965)

I went to elementry school with Tom and of course until we graduated in 1965 and what a character he was. He always made me laugh. I remember, at one of our reunions, interviewing him and he laughed about some of the past Senior trips. He was quite a guy! A lot of good memories, that's for sure.

Linda (White) Clements

11/10/09 12:11 PM #5    

Bruce Reed (1965)

I grew up in my teens always around Tommy. He was the guy I used to hang around with and was always good for a joke, a funny incident or practical joke. He was always friendly, likable and funny and I miss him.

05/01/14 10:49 AM #6    

Coby Pizzotti (Tom Pizzotti 1965)

My dad, Tom Pizzotti, was my mentor, my coach and my idol.  I remember he could do no wrong in my eyes.  He gave me my love for sports and provided me with the drive and discipline to succeed at baseball, football and wrestling in high school and college. However, more importantly my dad taught me the value of love, friendship and compasion for others.  He told me how important it was to be a good listener, to be supportive, and making people laugh will always make them feel better. 

I remember my dad teaching me how to snow ski at 3 and brought me out to the golf course for the first time when I was 8.  I have such a fond memories being in the mountains or out on the course hanging out with my dad.  I miss him very much.

I have to say that the fundamentals of life were instilled in me by him, and I wouldn't be where I am today without his guidance.  Sadly, I only got to know him as a dad.  I wish desperately that I could have known him more as a man and a friend.  He was taken from us far too young at the age of 40.  He left behind myself, and my younger brothers Rico and Carol.

Coby Pizzotti

05/02/14 10:10 AM #7    

Harry Gualco (1964)

I know that I should pay more attention to our Alumni page. However, I do not. My bad!!

I did not know that Tom passed away at such a young age. Tom was one year behind me at Pacific High.

Tom backed up senior Charlie Schembra at quarterback. (Tom's junior year). He played with my brother Fred during his senior year and I was able to catch a game or two when I was home from college. I was impressed as to how much he had matured. He had a "rifle" arm and was very accurate and mobile as well. He was an outstanding athlete and if I can recall also did very well in the classroom. 

Tom had the warmest smile and seemed to have a high regard for everyone he came in contact with.  I fondly remember his keen sense of humor. Tom Boy! You were an all around "classy" guy. Glad to have known you.

Harry Gualco (class of 64)









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