Emil Peter Cigliuti, a lifelong resident of Livermore, California, passed away on Feb. 21, 2020, after a brief illness at Rosewood Gardens. He was 92.
Emil was born and raised in a home on First Street in downtown Livermore. Growing up, he enjoyed all that Livermore had to offer, playing on the 1941-1945 Livermore High School Cowboys football team; calf roping at Livermore’s annual rodeo; and playing the trumpet in high school, and for many years afterwards in a band that performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
As did many men of his time, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and was sent to San Diego for basic training. There he met a young Navy nurse, Patricia Ann Korander, who became the love of his life. He wrote to “Pepper,” as he called her, every day from aboard the aircraft carrier USS Princeton during the Korean War. Emil and Patricia would be married for 64 years.
After leaving the Navy, Pat and Emil began their life in Livermore, raising three daughters, Margaret, Ann, and Lisa. Emil worked as a locksmith at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 35 years. In addition, the family was active in St. Michaels Catholic Church and school. Emil was an usher at Sunday mass for many years. Emil also built radio-controlled airplanes, was an active bowler, and travelled extensively with the Seniors in Retirement (SIRs).
Emil is survived by his daughters, Margaret (Richard) Walsh, Ann Cigliuti, and Lisa (Bryan) Corcoran, along with five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. His wife, Patricia, preceded him in death. There will be a funeral mass at noon, Feb. 27, at St. Michael’s, with burial at St. Michael’s Cemetery.